What is ACT?

ACT Inc., the Non-profit conducting the exam explains that the test “measures the knowledge, understanding, and skills that you have acquired throughout high school.” The best preparation for the test, according to them, is “a sound, comprehensive, high school education.” It is now being used by colleges in the United States, Canada and other countries, as an alternative to the SAT, for admissions. As with the SAT, the ACT supplements students’ grades to put their performances in a national perspective and evaluate them.

No really, what’s the ACT?

The ACT measures your ability to take the ACT test. Huh?!! Ya, that’s right. Plain and simple. And the only reason it’s important, is because colleges say so!

The ACT low down:

You can take the ACT as many times as you want. And best of all, you can choose which scores you want to send to colleges.

The ACT is a very predictable test. It is divided into five parts:

ACT section and parts


The ACT is scored by converting your “raw score” for each part of the test to a “scaled score”. At the end, your three scaled scores are summed to produce a final score out of 36. The questions have equal weight, with a correct answer earning one raw point and no negative marking for incorrect ones. The final score is derived from the raw score; the precise conversion chart varying from each test administration.

Taking the exam:

The ACT is offered seven times a year in India:

  1. October
  2. December
  3. February
  4. April
  5. June
  6. July

Free Training:

We at AP Guru have put in free guides and tutorials for you to ace the ACT. Please visit our ACT Free Training page.


The ACT, unlike the SAT, does not measure aptitude –just what you’ve already learned in college. Also, with no negative markings, it is increasingly finding favour among students, although parents are still inclined towards their kids appearing for the SAT.



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