ACT Test Information

What is the ACT Test?

The ACT test is a standardized test given to students looking to move on to postsecondary education at a college or university. The test gives universities a standard way of assessing where individuals are educationally in preparing for college.  

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Why do I need to take the ACT Test?

ACT scores are involved with gaging financial aid packages given by universities. However, a large majority of community colleges may not require students to take the ACT to gain admittance. In addition, if a student has already taken the ACT (over the SAT to be given in Michigan this spring) retaking it typically brings a gain of 2 or 3 points.  This can mean more $$$ for college. 

Where can I get more information/free test preparation around the ACT test?

For more information visit the ACT website at  There you will find test dates and online registration, as well as test preparation tips and sample test problems. 

Do I need to take the ACT writing portion of the test?

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Schools vary on this question on three levels, 1). Required 2). Recommended 3). Not Required.  Know the schools you are intested in and investigate.  The recommendation is, unless all of the schools you are looking at do not require the writing portion, take the test.


Where and do I take the ACT test and how do I pay (or not) for it?


Check out the ACT Website to be sure on dates.  When part of a TRiO Pre-College Program, students may contact our office to request a fee waiver, allowing them to take or retake the ACT for free.