ACT (American College Testing)
ACT Exam Testing Centre in Janakpuri
The ACT (American College Testing) is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. It assesses a student’s readiness for college and is intended to measure their knowledge and skills in English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT also includes an optional writing section.
The ACT is commonly taken by high school students during their junior or senior year, and many colleges and universities accept ACT scores as part of their admissions process. It’s important to check with the specific institutions you’re interested in to determine whether they require or prefer ACT scores for admission.
The ACT exam assesses the mathematical, written, scientific and verbal skills of the candidate. It comprises four sections – English, Math, Reading, and Science. There is also an optional Writing test, which an aspirant might be required to take depending on the admission criteria set by the college/university.
Who can take the ACT test?
There is no age limit or requirement for the ACT test-takers. However, it is mostly taken by high school graduates to enter college. It can also be taken by students from sixth to ninth grades.
- High school graduates have to mandatorily take the test to prove their readiness to enter college
- Students in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9 can also take the test
- Those below 13 years of age can’t register for the ACT entrance exam
- There is no upper age limit prescribed by the conducting body of ACT
- Applicants must have a valid passport. This serves as an identification card
- The candidate or parent/guardian must possess an international Debit/Credit card to pay the test charge
- Applicants must take the test at least two months prior to the college/university deadline. This is suggested as the result is declared between two to eight weeks after the ACT test
- Though there are no separate eligibility criteria for the ACT, students should meet the course-wise eligibility criteria set by the college/university.
ACT Exam Test Centres
The ACT exam in India is conducted multiple times a year across major cities such as Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Indore, Jaipur, Mumbai, Noida, Vadodara, and Pune.
How is the ACT score calculated?
To know about ACT exam, it is necessary to understand the scoring system of the examination. Eachsection of ACT – English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science is scored on a point scale of 1 to 36. The composite score of the examination is calculated by taking an average of all four sections. Students opting for the optional writing test are awarded a writing score of that section ranging from two (lowest) to 12 (highest), without any effect on the composite score and the average score ranges from six to seven. Here are the ways in which a score is calculated in the ACT exam.
Step 1: Correctly answered questions are counted for each section. These scores are called raw scores. Each question carries one mark and there is no negative marking.
Step 2: The raw scores are changed into scale scores. The scale score is the final score and ranges from 1 (lowest) to 36 (highest). It is important to note that raw score doesn’t translate to scale score. The conversion of the raw score into scale score is an equating process and is done to ensure consistency of scores across all test dates, irrespective of the level of the examination.
Step 3: The average of scale scores (as calculated for all four sections) is called the composite score, which is rounded off to the nearest whole number if it is in a fraction.
Each ACT test has a different raw score to scale the score conversion chart, depending on the level of the examination.
How long does the ACT take?
The ACT is 3 hours long (technically 2 hours and 55 minutes). Including breaks, the exam takes 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete. If you sign up for the optional essay (the ACT Plus Writing), the test clocks in at 3 hours and 40 minutes or just over 4 hours with breaks.
How to register for the ACT exam?
A candidate will have to register for ACT test online. Though there is an offline option, the online one is faster, and it will approximately take him/her 30 minutes to complete the process. All that is required is a credit card/voucher, academic documents, digital headshots, and an email address.
- Create a MyACT account on www.global.act.org
- Sign in to the MyACT account and fill out the application form
- Pick a test session
- Select the desired date and the option (with or without writing)
- Choose four colleges that would deliver the ACT scores
- Make the payment
- Upload the photograph