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
|No science section||Science reasoning section|
|No trigonometry section||Math sections include trigonometry|
|Vocabulary emphasized||Vocabulary less important|
|Non multiple choice questions included||Entirely multiple choice|
|Guessing penalty||No guessing penalty|
|No English grammar||English grammar tested|
|Math accounts for 50% of your score||Math accounts for 25% of your score|
|Questions go from easy to hard in most sections||Easy and hard questions mixed within sections|
|All of your SAT scores reported to colleges||Report 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.
|ACT Composite Score||Prior to 2005 SAT||Current SAT|