About The ACT
The ACT is finally here
The ACT is an alternative to the SAT, and is considered by many students to be easier than the SAT. Till recently, Indian students were at a disadvantage as compared to other international students becuase the ACT was not offered in India. The ACT organisation has now brought the test to India.
About the ACT
The ACT began in 1959 as an alternative to the SAT. It soon gained acceptance among students, so much so that the ACT even had more test takers than the SAT in 2011.
All colleges and universities that offer 4 year undergraduate courses accept ACT scores.
The ACT tests the Mathematical, Critical Reading, English (Writing and Grammar), and Scientific Reasoning skills of a high school student.
The essential differences between the ACT and the SAT are that the ACT includes a Scientific Reasoning section, and the Essay writing section is optional. Therefore, there are two versions of the same test: The ACT (No writing) and the ACT Plus Writing.
The ACT has traditionally been considered to be a more student friendly test than the SAT. However, while the questions are often easier, the challenge lies in answering a greater number of questions in a shorter period of time.
The ACT tests skills similar to those needed to do well in the SAT. However, the strategies that the ACT taker uses will be different from those of the SAT taker. Therefore, focused preparation is required for the ACT if you want to to do well in the test.
The ACT is offered several times a year: in September, October, December, February, April and June.
The ACT is also conducted on Saturdays, but its date never clashes with a SAT date. Therefore, a student preparing for the SAT can also take the ACT to maximise the chances of securing admission to the college or university of his or her choice.
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