The ACT is a college admissions test that consists of english, math, reading, science, and an optional writing section. There is a fee to take the ACT, but you can obtain a fee waiver from your high school counselor.
The 2016 - 2017 ACT Test Dates are:
- September 10, 2016
- October 22, 2016
- December 10, 2016
- February 11, 2017
- April 8, 2017
- June 10, 2017
Remember that you need to register for the ACT test about a month before the test date, otherwise you will have to pay a late registration fee.
It is important to prepare before taking the ACT. There are many free ACT Test Prep resources available:
- With a Pima County Library Card, you can access two different online test preparation sites. LearningExpressLibrary has an ACT tutorial and through the Testing & Education Reference Center you can access an online ACT course, Petersonís ACT Prep Guide, and three online ACT practice tests.
- You can access full-length ACT practice tests from Prep Scholar and Power Score.
Print these practice tests and complete them at home with a timer.
- Number 2 and Prep Factory provide free online test preparation for the ACT. These courses will give you tips and tricks as well as practice questions.
- UA Think Tank ACT Prep provides a six-week ACT course that meets on Saturdays. It costs $300, but if you are a student in the Tucson Unified School District who qualifies for free and reduced lunch, then you can get a scholarship for the full amount of the course.
- ACT Math Facts and Formulas is an excellent resource guide from Erik the Red, a math and physics tutor. It contains all of the formulas you need to know for the ACT Math section.
- Grammar Guide is a reference document by The Critical Reader, an ACT and SAT prep site. It provides grammar rules and tips that you will need for the ACT English section.
- Kaplan Turbo Tests are online tests you can complete in under 90 minutes that will give you a diagnostic score for the ACT so you know where you stand and where to focus.
- Feel free to make an appointment with us if you need help registering or preparing for the ACT.
The ACT may not be required for admission at all colleges and universities, but it is needed for admission to certain honors programs and for scholarships. College and university merit-based scholarships can be awarded automatically based on your GPA and ACT score. Private scholarships also consider your ACT score as part of your application.