The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities in the United States to make admissions decisions. The ACT measures a student's readiness for college while also providing personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning. Student's typically take the ACT during the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year.
The ACT consists of four sections - English, Math, Reading, and Science - plus an optional writing test. With the exception of the writing section, the test is entirely multiple choice. The ACT is scored on a 1 to 36 point scale, taking the average of the four section scores.
The PreACT, which is administered to 10th graders, simulates the ACT testing experience by providing students early exposure to ACT test-quality questions and predictive score ranges on the familiar 1-36 scale. It's a 2 hour paper-based, multiple-choice test, that can be administered any time between September 1st and June 1st, assessing in the areas of English, math, reading, and science. Results are used to guide action plans for both educators and students in evaluating patterns of performance across content areas.