The ACT is a standardized exam consisting of 215 questions that lasts about 3 hours long and is an essential component of the college application process.
Next to you GPA, your ACT score is the second quantitative measure of your college application. But unlike your GPA, ACT scores allow colleges to compare students that go to different schools.
For example, let’s say you go to high school A and have a 4.0 GPA and scored a 32 on the ACT. Now consider a student that attends high school B and has a 4.0 GPA but only scored a 22 on the ACT. If you both apply to the same college, would admissions look at us the same way? Of course not. Colleges will naturally speculate about the student with a 22 ACT score. Perhaps high school B isn’t as rigorous as high school A or perhaps the student at High School B didn’t take the exam seriously?
Nonetheless, the score you earn matters and it’s important to score GOOD ENOUGH on the ACT such that your ACT score is at or above the average ACT score desired by the schools you applied to.