Purpose of the ACT: The ACT is a multiple choice test that measures (1) knowledge and skills in English usage/mechanics and rhetoric, (2) mathematical knowledge in pre/elementary/intermediate algebra, coordinate/plane geometry and trigonometry, (3) reading in the areas of social studies/sciences, arts/literature and (4) science reasoning including data representation, research summaries and conflicting viewpoints. Ability in these areas is related to your successful completion of a college education.
Who must take the ACT: Freshmen and transfer applicants who have fewer than 56 semester or 84 quarter units of transferable college work should submit scores from either the ACT or the SAT.
When should the ACT be taken: Ordinarily, the ACT is taken in high school during the junior and/or senior year. If you are not coming directly from high school, you should take the ACT at least four weeks prior to the deadline for receipt of admissions materials.