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# A bit confused on ACT scores, seeking insights

I'm getting my ACT prep in motion, but I'm a bit confused about how the scoring system works. Could someone break down how ACT scores work? I'd appreciate the help!

20 days ago

Of course, happy to help! The ACT is a standardized test that consists of four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Each section is scored on a scale from 1 to 36.

Here's a closer look:

1. English: This section tests standard written English and rhetorical skills. You'll respond to 75 multiple-choice questions in 45 minutes.

2. Math: This section evaluates your mathematical skills typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of the 12th grade. You'll have 60 minutes to answer 60 questions.

3. Reading: In this section, you'll read several passages and answer questions about them. You're given 35 minutes to respond to 40 questions.

4. Science: This part measures your interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences. You have 35 minutes to answer 40 questions.

Each of these four sections is independently scored, and the raw score for each section (that's the total number of questions answered correctly) is converted into a scaled score ranging from 1 to 36.

Your overall, or composite, ACT score is the average of your four scores from each of these sections. So, if you scored a 30 on English, 28 Math, 29 on Reading, and 31 on Science, your composite score would be 29.5. But since the ACT does not provide scores in decimal form, it gets rounded to the nearest whole number, in this case, a 30.

Remember to leave yourself enough time to prep. This will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses in these particular subject areas and give you time to adjust your studies accordingly. Consider taking a few practice tests too. They're a great indicator of how you'll perform on the actual day of testing.

Good luck with your studying!

20 days ago

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