The ACT is curriculum-based and tests four areas: English, mathematics, reading, and scientific reasoning. Sub-scores ranges from 1-36 will be given in each of theses areas as well as an overall composite score. The ACT test also includes an optional writing test. Some colleges require an ACT that includes the Writing subtest as part of the application. We recommend taking the optional Writing test in case you apply to a college who requires it. If you would like to know if a school requires/recommends the writing portion of the ACT, check the schools admissions website or click here to check the ACT website. When registering, take advantage of sending your scores to 4 schools for free. If you score higher on another test, schools will throw out your lower scores. You are not penalized for lower scores.
The spring of your junior year is the best time to take an ACT.
Test Prep: The best preparation for the ACT is to take challenging high school core courses and to work hard to learn the material. ACT offers a FREE test prep tool called ACT Academy. Through this service, you will receive customized test prep based on your previous scores and concepts are presented to you in a variety of ways. More test preparation materials are available at http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation.html. Deerfield High School also offers a Study Strategies course. Please see the Program of Studies for more information.
Tests: 7 (September, October, December, February, April, June, July)
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