Published Tuesday, March 5, 2019 by Tifinie


The ACT is a nationally administered exam that helps colleges select candidates for enrollment by evaluating a student’s knowledge of academic subjects.  The ACT tests a student’s academic abilities in English, math, reading, science, and writing (with an optional essay).  The duration of the exam is 3 hours and 35 minutes and is divided into 4 sections.  A perfect score on the ACT is 36 points, which is based on the average of the 4 sections.  Unlike the SAT, the ACT includes a science section and is a beneficial exam to take for any student that is interested in a career involving science.

In 1959, a duo from the University of Iowa strategized to create an exam that would focus on evaluating a student’s mastery of the skills and knowledge that are taught in schools.  The ACT became the first college entrance exam that includes an assessment in science and to this day it is still the only one.  Over the years, the ACT has grown in popularity and is now as widely accepted as the SAT is.  Moreover, the ACT has evolved beyond only assessing students’ readiness for college.  The ACT now offers more programs and services, which aim to provide support for a wider range of students from kindergartners through those beginning their careers.

During High School, students can take the exam as many times as they want to and can request for certain scores to be sent to the colleges of their choosing.  Be sure to check with your preferred colleges beforehand, however, to see what kind of requirements they have for admission.  Knowing what is expected for admission can really help students take the right steps while they’re going through high school.  The last thing that you would want to do is skip steps in high school and find out later when you’re applying to colleges that you should have done something else a few years back.

As recently as February 21st, 2019, the ACT started a new scholarship giveaway where students can win a $40,000 scholarship.  Students can apply for the scholarship when they register for the April, June, or July ACT exams.  (If you have already registered, you may still apply.)  Click here for more information about the scholarship!

For more information about this organization or their college entrance exam, visit their website.





Punctually practicing perfect tongue twisters can help develop superior speech habits. Rapid, repeated pronunciation is proven to strengthen and develop distinguished skills in presentation, which may help you get through a sticky speech or an intellectual interview when your tongue gets tied up on its own.  Have fun with this week’s featured tongue twister!

Craft a raft, don’t crack the rack; crack the rack then craft a rack, craft a rack don’t crack the raft.


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