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The ACT science test: Tips for test day

The ACT science test is one of four multiple-choice tests (along with the optional writing test) you will take on ACT test day. The science test measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences. The test contains 40 questions, and you will have 35 minutes to complete them. The content includes biology, chemistry, Earth and space sciences (geology, astronomy, and meteorology), and physics. You do not need to have advanced knowledge of these areas but instead should have background knowledge you have acquired in high school classes. The test presents several authentic scientific scenarios, each followed by a number of questions. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while taking the ACT science test: 1. Read each passage ...

The ACT reading test: 2 key tips for test day

The ACT reading test is one of four multiple-choice tests (along with the optional writing test) you will take on ACT test day. The reading test measures your ability to read closely, reason logically about text using evidence, and integrate information from multiple sources. The reading test contains 40 questions, to be answered over 35 minutes. There are four sections to the test, three of which contain one long prose passage and one that contains two shorter prose passages. The passages represent the levels and kinds of text commonly encountered in first-year college curricula. Here are two tips to keep in mind while taking the ACT reading test: 1. Read each passage carefully. Before you begin answering a question, read the entire passage (or two shorter passages) carefully. Be consciou...

Vietnam National University HCMC now accepts ACT scores

The Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM) has announced it accepts ACT® test scores in its admissions decisions. Prospective students may submit ACT scores when applying to study at VNUHCM locations. 2019 enrollment at VNUHCM is based on selecting qualified candidates with competencies to study programs.offered, compliance with Ministry of Education and Training admission policies, and a diversity of enrollment methods. Results of international exams like the ACT test was chosen as an admissions criteria, which also includes the accomplishment of high school graduation. Students may use their ACT scores to apply at VNUHCM member institutions, which include: VNUHCM–University of Technology VNUHCM–University of Science VNUHCM–University of Social Sciences and Humanities VNUHC...

The ACT English test: 6 tips to remember on test day

The ACT English test is one of four multiple-choice tests you will take on ACT test day. (There is also an optional writing test.) The test puts you in the position of a writer or editor who makes decisions to revise or edit the presented text. It measures the following skills: Your understanding of the English language and its conventions—Sentence structure, punctuation, word usage Your understanding of the writing process—Identifying a purpose and focus of a passage Your knowledge of language skills—Using the correct word choice and consistency in style and tone There are 75 questions on the English test, and you will have 45 minutes to complete them. The test is structured around five essays or passages, each followed by a set of multiple-choice questions. Some questions refer to portio...

5 key test day strategies: Do your best on the test!

ACT® test day doesn’t have to be a stressful or anxious situation. It’s an exciting first step toward your future, and knowing how to take the test will help give you a more relaxed and productive test day experience. Using good judgment and caution while you take the test is just as important as knowing the test’s content. To do your best on the ACT, remember not to rush yourself. Be mindful and careful. Remember these tips: Pace yourself. Make sure you have enough time to read the questions and figure out your responses. Spend less time on the questions you are confident you got right so you can use the remaining time to review questions that were difficult for you. Avoid spending too much time on any single question. Read the directions carefully. You will notice that ...

What is the ACT writing test (and why should I take it)?

When you sign up to take your ACT® test, you have the opportunity to take the optional ACT writing test—a 40-minute essay test that measures your writing skills. Some universities (or academic programs within those universities) require the ACT writing test for admission, while others do not. This is why ACT made the writing test the only optional section of the overall ACT test. If you are considering taking the writing test on your test day, your first priority should be to determine whether your top university choices require the writing exam. Keep in mind there is an extra fee to take the writing test, so finding the requirement before registration will save you money! What does the test measure? The writing test contains a single question describing a complex issue and asks you to sha...

Why every point on the ACT test matters

Did you know that increasing your ACT® Composite score by a single test point can expand your access to financial aid and increase your chances at being admitted to university? Here are some reasons why: ACT scores are a huge factor in how universities decide which students to admit (along with students’ performance in school and the quality of their university application). Universities are looking for high-achieving students to admit, and a high ACT score is a key indicator of academic achievement. ACT scores also play a big role in merit-based scholarships—awards that are based on achievement. Many financial awards set a certain ACT score level as a requirement, so achieving a specific ACT score could affect the amount of award for which you qualify. Every point matters. This is w...

Should I retest?

Many students choose to take a university admissions exam more than once to achieve their desired scores. One report by ACT showed by more than half of students increased their ACT Composite score by taking the test a second time. Here are some reasons to consider taking a university admissions test again after your first time: If you had any problems during the test. Just like any other day, things can go wrong during test day. Maybe you arrived at the test center later than planned. Maybe you didn’t fully understand test directions before the test started. If test day didn’t go as planned, you probably didn’t perform the best on your test. You weren’t feeling your best on test day. Besides being uncomfortable, maybe you were battling illness and it became a distra...

When is the best time to take a university admissions test?

Taking an admissions test is a huge step toward getting accepted at the university of your choice. Your scores affect your eligibility for admission and can also open doors to scholarships and other financial aid. One key to opening up those opportunities is knowing when to take the test and making a plan to use your scores in the most efficient way. Many factors can influence when you should take the test, including whether your chosen university has an application or scholarship deadline, or perhaps an academic program or major you are persuing that requires a test score. This is why waiting until grade 12 to take the test for the first time might be too late. Many students choose to take the test a second time during grade 12 to achieve a higher score. Testing the first time during grad...

UPDATED: Webinar on ACT Test Prep

Webinar: What Test Prep is Right for Me? Duration: 60 minutes Students face high stakes when taking a university admissions exam, as the scores they achieve are a huge factor in gaining acceptance to university. That is why so many students take advantage of free or paid test prep. But choosing the right test prep tools can be overwhelming. Watch a free webinar designed to inform students, parents, and educators about test prep options created by the makers of the ACT test. We cover which test prep tools students should consider, based on their needs, and talk about strategies students can use to fully prepare for test day. Click here to watch the webinar!

ACT Online Prep: Prepare for the ACT Anytime, Anywhere!

Are you looking to get an edge on taking the ACT test with the flexibility to prepare whenever and wherever you have time? ACT Online Prep is your answer. ACT Online Prep is the only online test preparation tool from the makers of the ACT test. ACT Online Prep can give you the confidence and readiness to achieve your best score on the ACT test. Featuring real questions from previous versions of the ACT test, ACT Online Prep helps you become familiar with the test content (and receive a predicted ACT test score) while receiving personalized learning paths to track and improve your progress. With your six-month subscription to ACT Online Prep, you will receive: Full-length practice tests to simulate the actual ACT exam A free mobile app Tools to track your progress A game center to further t...

Three steps to write a résumé that universities will notice

You might think that writing a résumé or CV is only useful when applying for work, but many universities will encourage you to include one with your application materials. Effective résumés give universities a greater idea of who you are and what you want to study. Résumés should illustrate who you are (outside of what you provided on your application) and highlight experiences you were not able to mention in an essay or application form. Remember these tips to create a university application résumé that stands out: 1. List all that you have done What have you accomplished during your high school career? Awards, honors, leadership roles, community service projects, skills, talents, work experience – don’t forget to write it ALL down! 2. Decide what goes and what stays Once you ...