What is the ACT?
The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.
ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US.
The ACT is administered on six test dates within the US, US territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada. In other locations, the ACT is administered on five test dates.
Accel Academy’s ACT Program
Students will experience traditional Math, Science, Reading, and English ACT classes (separate classes) that provide lessons in math, science, grammar, composition, vocabulary, and tips and strategies. There are lectures, quizzes, practice tests, reviews, and homework. Students will follow up their studies with intense testing and review for the 4-5 weeks immediately before the official ACT is to be administered.
Accel recommends the ACT for students who do well in school but whose ability is not necessarily reflected by standardized testing scores (SAT).
The ACT questions and answer choices are presented in much more straightforward terms than those on the SAT; therefore, good students are not tripped up by tricky, convoluted phrasing and, as a result, get better scores that more accurately reflect their performance in school. However, the ACT contains a Science section with questions similar to those on the Keystone tests. If students are truly bewildered by science, they may find the ACT challenging.
What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?
Total Testing Time
2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes for the Essay [optional])
3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
• ACT mathematics (60 items, 60 minutes)
• ACT reading (40 items, 35 minutes)
• ACT science (40 items, 35 minutes)
• ACT English (75 items, 45 minutes)
• ACT writing (optional; 1 prompt, 40 minutes)
• Math (58 items, 80 minutes)
• Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
• Reading (52 items, 65 minutes)
• Writing and Language (44 Items, 35 minutes)
• Essay (optional; 1 prompt, 50 minutes)