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									    ACT Study Guide



                    Presented by

International Director of Education
   Brother William L. Powell, Jr.
                Conclave 2009
             New Orleans, Louisiana
  “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!”
            ACT at a Glance
• Like the SAT, the ACT is a nationally
  administered, standardized paper-and-pencil test
  that helps colleges evaluate candidates. Colleges
  now accept your ACT or SAT scores
  interchangeable. This means that you have the
  opportunity to decide on which test you'll perform
  better. Generally, you'll take the ACT for the first
  time in the spring of your junior year.




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       Anatomy of the ACT
• The ACT lasts 2 hours and 55 minutes (excluding
  the optional Writing Test) or 3 hours and 25
  minutes with the Writing Test. The order of test
  sections and the total number of questions
  covered in each test section never changes:




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         Section Breakdown
Section               Length                   Question Type
•English              45 minutes               40 Usage
                                               35 Rhetorical
•Math                 60 minutes               14 Arithmetic
                                               19 Algebra
                                               23 Geometry
                                               4 Trigonometry


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      Section Breakdown
•Reading           35 minutes              10 Social
                                           Studies
                                           10 Natural
                                           Sciences
                                           10 Prose
                                           Fiction
                                           10 Humanities


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            Section Breakdown
•Science                35 minutes                - 15 Data
                                                  Representation
                                                  - 18 Research
                                                  Summary
                                                  - 7 Conflicting
                                                  Viewpoints

•Writing***             30 minutes                You write in response
(this section is                                  to a question about
optional)                                         your position on an
                                                  issue


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         ACT/SAT Comparison
                         ACT                       SAT
Length                   3 hours, 25 min           3 hours, 45
                         (with Writing Test)       minutes
                         4 Sections
Structure                (English, Math,           10 Sections
                         Reading, Science)         (3 Critical
                         plus an optional          Reading, 3 Math,
                         Writing Test              3 Writing, and 1
                                                   Experimental,
                                                   which is unscored)


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          ACT/SAT Comparison
                       ACT                       SAT
Scoring                -Composite of 1-36        -Total score range of
                       based on average          600-2400 based on
                       scores from the 4 test    adding scores from 3
                       sections                  subjects
                       -4 scores of 1-36 for     -3 scores of 200-800
                       each test                 for each subject
                       -Optional Writing Test    -Score of 0-12 for the
                       score of 0-12 (not        Essay
                       included in the overall
                       score)




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    ACT/SAT Comparison
             ACT            SAT
Wrong Answer No penalty for ¼ point
Penalty      wrong answers subtracted
                            from your raw
                            score for each
                            wrong answer
                            (except for
                            Math Grid-Ins)


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      General Information
• Basic registration fee is $31 (which
  includes sending your scores up to 4
  colleges).
• Registration including the writing section
  is $46.
• The ACT is universally accepted for
  college admission.


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       General Information
• The ACT is curriculum-based. The ACT is not an
  aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on
  the ACT are directly related to what students
  have learned in high school courses in English,
  mathematics, and science.
• Because the ACT tests are based on what is
  taught in the high school curriculum, students
  are generally more comfortable with the ACT than
  they are with traditional aptitude tests or tests
  with narrower content.

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       General Information
• Students may take the ACT as often as they wish
  but only once per national test date. Many
  students take the test twice, once as a junior and
  again as a senior.
• ACT research shows that of the students who
  took the ACT more than once:
 55% increased their composite score on the
  retest
 22% had no change in their composite score on
  the retest
 23% decreased their composite score on the
  retest

       “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!”
“Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!”
       William L. Powell Jr.
International Director of Education

    For Further Information:
  Email: natdiredu@yahoo.com
     Phone: 717-434-9516


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