What is ACT: Know about the ACT college readiness assessment
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American College Testing
, popularly known as ACT, offers various solutions and products for improving the college and career readiness of students. One of the most popular services offered by it is the ACT college readiness assessment which is a curriculum and standards based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. The ACT test scores gauge a student’s learning throughout high school and provide colleges and universities with information for recruiting, advising, placement and retention. Rather than being an IQ test, ACT is an exam whose questions are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses.


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ACT was administered in November 1959 as a competitor to SAT, which still remains its major rival. Today ACT is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the USA and is administered in many countries across the world.

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ACT Test Format

The ACT exam consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. The average of the scores in these four subjects makes the composite ACT exam score. The student also has the option to take an ACT Writing test which does not add to the composite score. The following table provides a brief picture of the ACT test.

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Test SectionNumber of QuestionsTime allocatedTest Content Description
English75 questions45 minutesMeasures standard written English and rhetorical skills
Mathematics60 questions60 minutesMeasures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12
Reading40 questions35 minutesMeasures reading comprehension
Science40 questions35 minutesMeasures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences
Optional Writing Test1 prompt30 minutesMeasures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.

ACT Test Registration

Students who are taking this test outside the USA, U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, or Canada must register online. Steps to follow for ACT test registration:

  • Establish a free ACT Web account.
  • After providing the information requested to create the account, click the "Register to Test" link and follow the instructions on the Web screens to complete the registration.
  • Payment must be made by valid credit card.
  • Candidates, who have missed the late registration deadline, can request standby testing online.
  • Candidates, who cannot find a test center within 75 miles of their home, or need a Sabbath/Sunday test center and one is not established within 75 miles of their home on all test dates, can check the requirements for Arranged Testing.

ACT Test Fees

The ACT (No Writing) fee is $36.50 which includes reports for the examinees, examinees’ high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when during registration). Students opting for the ACT Writing test need to pay an additional fee $16.00 which is refundable, on written request, if candidates are absent on test day or switch to the ACT (No Writing) before testing begins.

Some additional registration fees and services for the ACT test are:

  • 5th and 6th college choices: $12.00 each
    It must be requested online before the test date, and is refundable on written request, if candidates do not test.
  • Telephone re-registration: $14.00
  • Standby testing: $45.00
    It is refunded if candidates are denied admission to the test center on test day, or if candidate’s registration was cancelled if no photo was provided.
  • International testing (required outside the U.S. or Canada): $33.00
  • Test date change: $22.00
    It is valid only if candidate is absent or unable to test on the original test date or if his/her registration is cancelled for failure to meet ACT's test security requirements. If candidates request a test date change after the regular deadline for the new date, they must also add the late fee.
  • Test center change (For the same test date): $22.00

ACT Test Dates

ACT is offered four to six times a year, depending on the state, in USA, in September, October, December, February, April, and June. The test can also be taken in other countries but the availability of ACT test centers as well as test dates is much less.

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Hello. Rowlatt act is the one that is passed during British time. This gave power to police to arrest any person without any reason. Police can just come and arrest a person without having any proper orders or reason. Since patriotism and nationalism was increasing by then, britishers passed this act to curb the nationalism in people. This act was opposed by mahatma Gandhi because not everyone should be punished in response to isolated political crimes. So Indians went on strikes, suspended businesses, held meetings. It was named as black act

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Landfilling is an important method in waste disposal.

Landfills are area of land that are engineered to allow for the deposition of waste onto and into it to concentrate the waste in compacted layers and reduce the volume and then it is monitored for the control of liquid and gaseous effluent in order to protect the environment and human health.

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i got admission in a government College through wbjee counselling , but I had shifted to another College through decentralised counselling in West Bengal which is better than the previous one? Now is these act by me creates problems in future for me.???

IMran Mir 15th Jan, 2020

Hi there ,

Hope you're having a great day.

I would like to inform you that it won't create a problem for you in future. It will obviously help you if that's a better college than the previous one.

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Thanks a lot and best of luck for your future ahead.


if extracellular digestion takes place then enzymes of lysozomes act on food ???how?is it autophagocytosis??

Somrita Bhattacharya 12th Jan, 2020


The following are the steps of autophagy

  • First the cell is isolated by double layer membrane
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five force act along the direction AB,AC,AD,BC and DC as shown below when BC=2CD the vector AB,AC and AD are represented by P,Q and R which of the following is true regardind the relationship between P,Q AND R

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