The ACT is an alternative to the SAT. Most college bound students will take one or the other. The ACT features four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. On each of these sections students can earn a score from one to 36. The four section scores are averaged to give a composite score. The ACT also includes an optional 30 minute essay given at the end of the test, which is factored into the English score.
The scoring process and the optional essay are currently being revised. Students are advised to prepare for the exam by using up-to-date materials.