The ACT is an exam used by colleges to determine your readiness for success at their school. The ACT contains four subtests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The test scores range from 1 to 36.
All North Carolina Juniors are required to take the ACT at their high school in February of the junior year. This test is FREE and counts for college admissions! Students can sign up for additional ACT testing at www.actstudent.org. Tests are typically administered on a Saturday morning, and are NOT administered at every high school. You can take the exam as many times as you wish, and most schools will accept your highest individual score in each area, even if they are on different test dates.
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ACT Fee Waivers
If you are testing on a national test date and can't afford the registration fee for the ACT or ACT with writing, you may be eligible for an ACT Fee Waiver. Information about the eligibility requirements and how to request a fee waiver is sent each summer to high schools. You should work with your local high school to determine your eligibility.
You must meet all of the following requirements:
- Currently enrolled in high school in the 11th or 12th grade.
- Either a United States citizen or testing in the US, US territories, or Puerto Rico.
- Meet one or more indicators of economic need listed on the ACT Fee Waiver form.