The ACT® college readiness assessment contains five curriculum- and standards-based assessments: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The assessment is used as a college admissions and placement test and measures the skills and knowledge needed for first-year college success.

Additionally, the ACT includes a career exploration component that stimulates students' thinking about future plans and relates personal characteristics to career options.


Did You Know?

  • More than 1.6 million high school students in the graduating class of 2012 took the ACT.
  • The ACT is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States.
  • The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses.
  • The ACT is administered on six national and five international test dates each year. Many states and districts administer the ACT statewide or districtwide each spring.
  • The ACT is administered in all 50 of the United States and in many other countries.
  • The ACT is approved for use in state models for NCLB and AYP accountability.