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1 “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!” ACT Study Guide Presented by International Director of Education Brother William L. Powell, Jr. Conclave 2009 New Orleans, Louisiana

2 “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.

3 “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!” 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:

4 “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!” Section Breakdown Section English Math Length 45 minutes 60 minutes Question Type 40 Usage 35 Rhetorical 14 Arithmetic 19 Algebra 23 Geometry 4 Trigonometry

5 “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!” Section Breakdown Reading35 minutes10 Social Studies 10 Natural Sciences 10 Prose Fiction 10 Humanities

6 “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!” Section Breakdown Science Writing*** (this section is optional) 35 minutes 30 minutes - 15 Data Representation - 18 Research Summary - 7 Conflicting Viewpoints You write in response to a question about your position on an issue

7 “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!” ACT/SAT Comparison Length Structure ACT 3 hours, 25 min (with Writing Test) 4 Sections (English, Math, Reading, Science) plus an optional Writing Test SAT 3 hours, 45 minutes 10 Sections (3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing, and 1 Experimental, which is unscored)

8 “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!” ACT/SAT Comparison Scoring ACT -Composite of 1-36 based on average scores from the 4 test sections -4 scores of 1-36 for each test -Optional Writing Test score of 0-12 (not included in the overall score) SAT -Total score range of based on adding scores from 3 subjects -3 scores of for each subject -Score of 0-12 for the Essay

9 “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!” ACT/SAT Comparison Wrong Answer Penalty ACT No penalty for wrong answers SAT ¼ point subtracted from your raw score for each wrong answer (except for Math Grid-Ins)

10 “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!” 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.

11 “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!” 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.

12 “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!” 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

13 “Educational Empowerment: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!”

14 William L. Powell Jr. International Director of Education For Further Information: Phone:


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