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The ACT is a curriculum-based test testing students in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning. The test is 2 hours, 55 minutes with an optional 30 minute Writing section as the final section. The more competitive US universities will require students to take the Writing section (which is not available on the February testing date in 2013-15).
Since the ACT has a Science Reasoning section and its Math section measures at a higher level (trigonometry) than the SAT Reasoning Test (geometry), students strong in these fields may benefit by taking the ACT. Additionally, some students applying to the most competitive universities will prefer the option to complete their admissions test requirement in one testing date (ACT with Writing), rather than two (SAT Reasoning Test on one testing date, SAT Subject Tests on a second date).
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is not a testing centre and cannot register you for the test. You may register for the ACT on the ACT website.
Fees: $36.50 test registration fee + $33 international processing fee: Add $16 for the Writing section: Add $43 for standby testing: $12 for additional score reports (beyond the 4 free score reports at registration).
Dates: The test dates for 2014-2015 are as follows:
Dates for subsequent academic years are online.
Testing Sites: The tests are offered at the following locations in the UK: Middlesex (ACS Hillingdon International School); Thorpe, Surrey (TASIS, The American School); Surrey (Marymount International School) Aberdeen (The International School of Aberdeen); Bushey, Hertfordshire (Immanuel College); and Elgin, Scotland (Gordonstoun School).
Map of ACT testing centres in the UK
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Students who missed the registration deadline may take the ACT via standby testing. To take the test standby, you will go to a testing centre with your completed form (a list of centres is online). If students who registered for the test do not turn up, their places are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. For that reason, we recommend arriving before 7 am to queue. Do not contact the testing site in advance, as they will not know how many standby places will be available.
There are four sections on the ACT and scores range from 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students taking the test will be scored on each question and for each correct answer will be given one point (there is no penalty for guessing), after the points are added up, they will generate a raw score. This raw score is then compared to other students taking the test on the same day and those who have previously taken the test. This comparison assigns a scale score to each test taker so they may evaluate their performance against other test takers. When students receive their score report, they will only see their scale score and not the raw score.
The four sections in the ACT marked with scores from 1 to 36 and the overall composite is the average whole number score between the four sections. For example, a student could get a 28 in English, 26 in Maths, 32 in Science and 30 in Reading to have a composite score of 29 from all four sections. For further information on ACT scoring please see the ACT website.
After you take the ACT you will be able to see your score reports online after they are scored (within 3-8 weeks). After the scoring, the results can be mailed by post, online or through a twice monthly CD to the universities of your choice. Allow for extra time for the scores to be sent and processed. Your university will have a method of choice for receiving scores and in most cases you will not be able to decide how to send your scores. In some cases the university will accept scores in more than one way and you can chose whether you want it to be sent through electronic submission, by post or in CD form.
During registration you may request that your scores be sent to up to four universities for free and you will have the option to send to another two for an additional fee of $12 each. In total you may request six universities at the time of registration (four for no fee and two for an additional fee).
To order additional ACT scores you can go to the ACT website and make a request online through your online account or by post (telephone requests incur an additional fee). There is a fee of $11 for each additional score report made after the registration period, depending on the request type.
Special accommodations may be arranged for taking most admissions tests. Please allow 6-8 weeks for the process. For more information, consult the College Board or ACT websites or call 319-337-1332 during normal office hours, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.