(American College Testing Program)

The ACT® is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The ACT® contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. ACT's writing test is optional and will not affect your composite score. The idea (in theory, at least) is to provide colleges with one common criterion that can be used to compare all applicants. The ACT® is offered nationally every year in September, October, December, February, April, June and July.