ACT Information

ACT, Inc. says that the ACT assessment measures high school students' general educational development and their capability to complete college-level work with the multiple choice tests covering four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The optional Writing Test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. Specifically, ACT states that its scores provide an indicator of "college readiness", and that scores in each of the sub-tests correspond to skills in entry-level college courses in English, algebra, social science, humanities, and biology.

Colleges use the ACT and the SAT Reasoning Test because there are substantial differences in funding, curricula, grading, and difficulty among U.S. secondary schools due to American federalism, local control, and the prevalence of private, distance, home schooled students and, most importantly, lack of rigorous college entrance examination system like those used in other countries. ACT/SAT scores are used to supplement the secondary school record and help admission officers put local data—such as course work, grades, and class rank—in a national perspective.

Most colleges use ACT scores as only one factor in their admission process. A sampling of ACT admissions scores shows that the 75th percentile composite score was 24.1 at public four year institutions and 25.3 at private four year institutions. It is recommended that students check with their prospective institutions directly to understand ACT admissions requirements.

ACT Website 

SAT Website

For more questions contact MNVA HS School Counselor's

Jodie English
Phone: 651-33-2179

Ricky Smith
Phone: 507-837-0373

MNVA ACT Prep Recordings

Math and Reading Sessions

Science and English Sessions

Additional Resources

  1. Prepare for the ACT link gives you access to several review resources. ACT Kaplan Online Prep, the official ACT Prep Guide, Question of the Day and Practice Tests for Each Section.

  2. This site has ACT practice tests, study guides and flashcards to help you review.

  3. Kaplan test prep has practice tests, review materials, Question of the day and ACT workouts to help you practice your skills. They also have study and test taking tips.

  4. Print resources available online, in local book stores or your local library

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