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ACT

The ACT test is a three-hour multiple choice examination of English, mathematics, reading, and science.  Including the instruction and break times, this test will last approximately 4 hours.  The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.   The Writing test adds an additional 40 minutes to the testing time.

The ACT is scored on the number of correct answers--there is no penalty for guessing.  The scores for each test are converted to scaled scores from 1-36.  The test consists of the following:

Test

Time

Questions

Subscores (no. of questions)

 

English

 

45 min

75

Usage/Mechanics (40)

Rhetorical Skills (35)

 

 

Mathematics

 

 

60 min

60

Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra (24)

Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry (18)

Plane Geometry/Trigonometry (18)

 

Reading

 

35 min

40

Reading comprehension in:

Social Studies/Sciences (20)

Arts/Literature (20)

 

Science

 

35 min

40

Science (40)

 

To register for the ACT, go to www.actstudent.org

 

Note: Starting with the class of 2013, Minneapolis Public Schools offers the ACT to all Juniors in Spring of their junior year. Juniors at Southwest will register for this MPS-only ACT prior to the test date during the school day with their counselors-- students will not need to reigster for this ACT online.  The scores from the MPS-only ACT offered at school are official, students can submit these scores to colleges to satisfy college admissions testing requirements.