ACT Exam: Recommendations and Changes (Download PDF)

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ACT or American College Test is a national standardized test. It serves as a measurement of aptitude and critical thinking. Ascertains the college readiness of a high school student. Introduced as a competitor to the SAT in 1959. Both ACT and SAT are accepted by almost all major US Universities since last 5 years. About 1.9 million students take the ACT per year, and about 2.1 million take the SAT. Taking the whole test costs $52 without the optional writing section and $68 with it.

The Five Subsections on the ACT

  • Reading
  • Math
  • Science
  • English and writing
  • Which is optional - are graded on a scale of 1 to 36

Recommendations

  • To ensure that all students take rigorous academic courses.
  • As per the students’ individual needs giving educators resources to personalize instruction.
  • Assessment of Student learning.
  • Implementing the improvement strategies throughout students’ educational careers.
  • Education should be holistic.
  • Address the needs of the “Whole learner”.
  • Essentiality in social and emotional learning skills.

Changes in 2020 (W. E. F. September)

Section Retakes

  • Students can retake individual exam sections.
  • Maths, Reading, Science or English.

Super-Score

  • Students can average their best subject scores.
  • Multiple tests.
  • Creation of a new final score.

Testing Online

  • ACT can be taken on a computer.
  • Scores can be returned within two weeks.

Purpose of Section Retake

  • Section Retakes will allow students to not jeopardise the marks earned in sections taken earlier in the retake.
  • Increase the importance of standardised tests.
  • Only the best scores to be combined.
  • Candidates would likely end up with higher scores, test experts predict.
  • Students will be encouraged to continue retaking individual sections until they earn the highest scores possible.
  • To help ensure that all students are college and career ready when they graduate from high school.
  • Richer students would be able to afford more tests fees and tutors.
  • Online results will be available within two business days.
  • It takes two to eight weeks to get results from the paper-and-pencil tests.

ACT Eligibility

  • No specified perquisites listed for the exam.
  • Generally taken by 13+-year-old high school students.
  • No age or grade restrictions to appear for the exam.
  • An International credit/debit card to register for the exam.
  • A valid International passport to serve as a valid identification proof.

Criticism

  • ACT announcement would put pressure on the College Board.
  • A disadvantage to those students who do not have access to coaching.
  • Students’ highest composite scores may not necessarily reflect their highest subscores.
  • Not clear whether colleges would evaluate applicants with superscore over multiple exams differently.

ACT vs SAT

Difference Between ACT Vs SAT

Difference Between ACT Vs SAT

ACT

SAT

Used for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

Used for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning, Essay (Optional).

Reading, Writing & Language, Math, Essay (Optional).

Scored on a scale of 1–36.

Scored on a scale of 400–1600.

Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.

Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 22, 2020

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