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The ACT is the common standardized assessment used by many 4-year colleges.  Most colleges in the mid-West and many along the coasts will accept the ACT.  The ACT is a standardized test comprised of 4 multiple choice sections:  English, Math, Reading and Science and an additional 40 minute Writing test.

The ACT predicts the success of students in their first year in college in English, Math, Social Sciences (Reading) and Science courses.  Meeting the benchmarks in each area indicates that the probability of a student earning a C or better in each of those core areas in 75% in their first year in college.

The benchmarks are:

ACT Subject            ACT Benchmark                    College Course

English                           18                                 English Composition
Math                               22                                College Algebra
Reading                          22                                 Social Sciences
Science                           23                                 Biology

STEM                              26                                 Calculus/Science/Engineering

The minimum composite score 4 year colleges typically look for is a 21 but many schools look for a higher composite score and others will accept students who score under a 21.

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