ACT Test

The ACT is one of the two entrance tests that most colleges will use in the admissions process. A student can take the ACT with the writing component or the ACT with no writing. You should check with the colleges that you are interested in and ask which version they prefer. It may be on their web page or in the literature that they sent you in the mail. Your counselor has a Conversion Table that compares your ACT results to your SAT results. The Chart at the bottom of the page compares the two tests for you. We give the ACT at Troy High in October, December and June. Seniors need to register early in September and October and Juniors need to register early in May to avoid late registration fees. Unlike the SAT, the company who developed the test, only recommends that a student take the test 1 time. The reason for this is that with the scoring system of 1 – 36 and the fact that that wrong or deleted answers are not used negatively, the student’s score will not change much , if at all.

We recommend that all students attempt both the ACT and the SAT. Since colleges will accept the highest score from either test, it is in the student’s best interest to try both tests. The formats of the two tests are slightly different and some students seem to do better on one then the other. Since it is difficult to predict on which format a student will perform better, we recommend that each student takes one ACT and at least two SAT’s.

 

Differences at a glance

SATACT
No science sectionScience reasoning section
No trigonometry sectionMath sections include trigonometry
Vocabulary emphasizedVocabulary less important
Non multiple choice questions includedEntirely multiple choice
Guessing penaltyNo guessing penalty
No English grammarEnglish grammar tested
Math accounts for 50% of your scoreMath accounts for 25% of your score
Questions go from easy to hard in most sectionsEasy and hard questions mixed within sections
All of your SAT scores reported to collegesReport scores only from the test dates you choose

If you would like to link to the Web Site for the ACT, click on this button labeled ACT. You will get test dates, registration information, sample questions, and much more information.

 

Conversion Table

ACT Composite ScorePrior to 2005 SATCurrent SAT
3616002400
351560-15902340
341510-15502260
331460-15002190
321410-14502130
311360-14002040
301320-13501980
291280-13101920
281240-12701860
271210-12301820
261170-12001760
251130-11601700
241090-11201650
231060-10801590
221020-10501530
21980-10101500
20940-9701410
19900-9301350
18860-8901290
17810-8501210
16760-8001140
15710-7501060
14660-7001000
13590-650900
12520-580780
11500-510750