Update as of September 2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, testing requirements for many colleges have changed. Be sure to check with the admissions office of any colleges you plan to apply to so that you have the latest information on testing criteria.
The ACT is a standardized exam that is used by U.S. colleges in their admissions process. The ACT assesses a student’s college readiness in the subject areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science. Students may also take the ACT Plus Writing, which includes a 30-minute writing exam.