What is ACT?
ACT is a national college admission examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. Writing section is optional in ACT. ACT results are accepted by four year colleges and universities in USA.
ACT is a 215 question test lasting for about 175 minutes ( 30 minutes extra for Writing) and for international students is held five times during a year on specified dates. The test dates for up to two years are given on their website.
Principal difference between SAT and ACT is that ACT is an achievement test ( testing what you have learnt in high school years) whereas SAT is more of an aptitude test. Unlike SAT, there is no negative scoring in ACT.
Increasingly, many students from India, especially those studying under IB curriculum choose to write ACT instead of SAT.
It is recommended that like SAT, ACT too needs to be taken during Class XI.