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The American College Testing Program (ACT) is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool assessing students’ academic readiness for college. The ACT comprises five tests, including four subject tests (English, mathematics, reading, and science) and an optional writing test. Depending on whether the optional writing test is taken, the total testing time is either 2 hours and 55 minutes or 3 hours and 35 minutes. Each of the five tests is scored on a scale from 1 to 36. A composite score of the four nonwriting subjects is also based on a scale from 1 to 36.

The ACT is created and administered by a nonprofit company, ACT, Inc. (formerly known as American College Testing). ACT scores are accepted by all 4-year colleges and ...

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