The American College Testing exam (ACT) is a standardized test required by many American colleges and universities during the admission process. Administered by ACT, Inc., the ACT is a pencil-and-paper, multiple-choice exam that consists of 4 required sections and 1 optional essay:

  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Writing (1 optional prompt)

A strong score on the ACT can help open doors to more competitive colleges and universities. However, admissions boards review ACT scores alongside other parts of a college application, including GPA, performance in extracurricular activities, application essays, letters of recommendation, admissions interviews, and scores from other standardized tests (like the SAT).