Facts About the ACT

One of the many tools colleges use to evaluate students for acceptance is the ACT.  Given its importance in any application package we thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look at it.  With a little more information it becomes a little less daunting and that's a good thing!

• The ACT is an ability test focusing on skills learned over time, so continue to work hard and retain as much information as you can.

• You can re-test as often as you like, but no more than three times are recommended.

• Colorado’s average score is 21 on the ACT. Scores can range from 1–36. You should know what range of score your school(s) of choice will want for admission. You can usually find this information on their Web site or by speaking to a counselor at the college or at your high school.

• Remember that the scores you receive on these tests are only one indicator that your school(s) of choice will consider.

• The ACT consists of four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science. Knowing the directions and the strategies for each section and type of question is one key for succeeding in the test.

• On the ACT, timing can be a major factor in how well you do. Be aware of how much time you are spending on each question. If you are unsure of something, skip it and come back if you can.
Wearing a watch and setting it to 12 before each section is a good way to keep track of your time.

• On the ACT, wrong answers and unanswered questions receive no points; whereas, each correct answer is worth 1 point. Answer every question, even if you don’t know the correct answer or don’t have time to complete the test. Pick a letter, either B or C, and stick to it throughout the test.

• If you are stuck on any question, you can always circle it or put an X on it and come back to it if time allows. Do not linger on any question too long.

• Cross out any answer choice that you know is wrong. It is much easier to focus on what you have left after you have eliminated some choices.

• Practice, practice, practice! The makers of these tests have to keep the tests looking very similar year to year. After practice, you will begin to see the same types of questions over and over and will be able to handle them better.