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Featured Test Article - ACT Test

The ACT was launched in 1959 by University of Iowa professor Everett Franklin Lindquist. The test's name was originally an acronym for "American College Testing", but today, the full name of the test and its administering organization is simply "ACT." Before the development of the ACT, the SAT was the only national standardized college entrance examination in the United States. In contrast to the SAT, which was designed to measure scholastic aptitude, the ACT was designed to be a test of academic achievement and preparation. As such, ACT scores can be used for course placement purposes as well as for university admissions.

The test was originally divided into sections on English, mathematics, social studies, and natural sciences, each assessed on a grade scale from 1 to 36. In 1989, a major overhaul replaced the social studies section with a reading section and changed the natural sciences section to a science reasoning section. Further, an optional writing section was added to the test in 2005.

In 2010, the number of students taking the ACT surpassed the number of students taking the SAT for the first time.

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Test Taking Tips

When it comes to analyzing the questions, it is important to take the time and read the entire question. Every piece of information may be necessary to determine the correct answer, so discounting any of the information provided is not advised. Although answers will have information to throw test-takers off, none of the information in the question is there to deceive. Ignoring two seemingly unrelated topics is not advised either, because there is most likely a relationship between them that pertains to the question. Once the question has been read carefully, and the answer has been strategically selected, test-takers should take the time to go back and check their work. Hasty mistakes are found on easy questions too often.