What Does ACT Stand For

What Does ACT Stand For?

The ACT exam is one of the exams that many colleges around the nation require for you to take before being admitted into their school. It’s the most popular college admissions test in the nation with the numbers of test-takers exceeding those of the SAT.

ACT Practice Test

What’s the purpose of the ACT?

ACT® Secrets Study Guide
ACT® Secrets Study Guide

The ACT exam is used as an entrance exam by most of the college and universities around the nation. They use your scores from the ACT to make an admissions decision. The ACT test measures the high school student’s readiness for college by testing their knowledge on subjects such as English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing.

The ACT is one of the many exams that have changed for one reason or another over time.

What Does ACT Stand For

The ACT exam was first introduced in 1959 as a competitor to the SAT. In the beginning, the ACT was named “American College Testing”. When the ACT was first introduced, it contained four sections: English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Natural Sciences and lasted 3 hours with 45 minutes per each section.

ACT Exam Flashcards Study System
ACT Exam Flashcards Study System

In 1989, the Natural Sciences section of the ACT was replaced with Science Reasoning and the Social Studies section was replaced with Reading. In 2005, the optional Writing section was added to the ACT exam.

Even though the actual exam has changed, the name really hasn’t. However, instead of being called “American College Testing” it’s been shortened to just “ACT”.

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