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Grand Junction, CO 81504  
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ACT / SAT - Test Descriptions and Information

o ACT (Juniors and Seniors)
? Begin preparing at www.actstudent.org and at www.collegeincolorado.org in January of your junior year.
? All juniors will take the ACT at Central High School in April.
? Register at www.actstudent.org to retake the ACT in the summer/fall of senior year.

The ACT is offered five times each year. For more information on this test and to register visit www.actstudent.org

ACT offers an Optional Writing Test. Please check to see if the colleges you are applying to require this test. Central’s ACT code is 060690.

Test     Content
English 75 questions 45 minutes Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills.
Mathematics 60 questions 60 minutes Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.
Reading 40 questions 35 minutes Measures reading comprehension.
Science 40 questions 35 minutes Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.
Optional Writing Test 1 prompt 30 minutes Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.

More information about the ACT


o SAT (Juniors and Seniors)
? Find out if your college requires the SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests for admission.
? Prepare and register at www.collegeboard.com

Test     Content

Reading

200-800 points

48 passage based reading questions

19 sentence completion questions

70 minutes Tests your comprehension, vocabulary, and your understanding of sentence structure.

Math

200-800 points

44 multiple choice questions

10 student-produced responses  

70 minutes Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.

Writing

200-800 points

25 improving sentences questions

18 Identifying sentence errors questions

6 improving paragraphs questions

1 essay

60 minutes Tests your ability to correct faults in usage and sentence structure, follow the convention of Standard Written English, revise sentences, organize and develop paragraphs in a coherent manner, and write a first draft of an essay on a specific issue.