The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. It is currently administered by ACT, a nonprofit organization of the same name. The ACT test covers four academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning.

It also offers an optional direct writing test. Knowledge / skills tested: English, math, reading, science, writing (optional) Annual number of test takers: Over 1.91 million high school graduates in the class of 2018 Scores / grades used by: Colleges or universities offering undergraduate programs (mostly in the US and Canada) Year started: 1959 Prerequisites / eligibility criteria: No official prerequisite.

Intended for high school students. Fluency in English assumed Purpose: Undergraduate admissions (mostly in the US and Canadian universities or colleges)