The ACT is one of the two big standardized tests that students take before applying to college. Unlike its fellow standardized test, the SAT, the ACT has a much smaller scoring range with the highest score being a 36. The ACT is made of four discrete sections – Math, Reading, English and Science Reasoning – as well as an optional Writing section that is not factored into your overall score.
A good ACT score is often crucial in applying to college, but it can also help you qualify for scholarships. High ACT scores are common criteria for merit scholarships that are looking to award a scholarship to the best and brightest. Many colleges offer merit scholarships based on standardized test scores as well. Studying hard for the ACT can not only help get you into school, but also help you pay tuition.