Amercian College Testing (ACT) program

  1. What is the ACT?
  2. How often can I take the ACT?
  3. When should I first take the ACT?
  4. What should I expect to see on the test?
  5. Can I use a calculator on the ACT?
  6. What are the national test dates for ACT at Lipscomb's campus?
  7. How do I register to take the test?
  8. Does Lipscomb give the ACT on campus? I live nearby. Can I take it on your campus?
  9. What is the “Residual ACT”?
  10. Which test should I take: the ACT or SAT?
  11. How much does the ACT cost?

What is the ACT?

American College Testing program, a 215 multiple-choice question test, which tests your knowledge of what you learned in high school.

How often can I take the ACT?

You can take the test as many times as you want. The only requirement is that you wait 60 days between each test. Many students find that their scores on certain sections improve

When should I first take the ACT?

Many students first take the ACT during their junior year of high school. Some wait until their senior year to take it so that they’ve got more knowledge from high school to pull from.

What should I expect to see on the test?

The standard test is broken into four different sections.

  1. a 45-minute English section.
  2. a 60-minute mathematics section.
  3. a 35-minute science section.
  4. a 35-minute reading section. 

(In some cases, there will be a fifth section that ACT uses to test out new questions. If you find that you are taking a test that has a fifth section, the scores on that part will NOT affect your overall test score.)

Can I use a calculator on the ACT?

Yes, you are permitted to use a calculator on math portion of the ACT, although it is not required. (The math section can be completed without the use of a calculator.)

What are the national test dates for ACT at Lipscomb's campus?

  • October 26, 2013
  • February 8, 2014
  • April 12, 2014
  • June 12, 2014

If you need to see registration deadlines and all national test dates, check the ACT website by clicking here.

How do I register to take the test?

The easiest way to register for the test is online. If you’d like to register online, click here. You can also register for the test by picking up one of their information booklets. Usually your high school guidance counselor will have copies of these booklets in their offices.

Does Lipscomb give the ACT on campus? I live nearby. Can I take it on your campus?

Lipscomb administers the ACT on all of the national testing dates. If you do live in/around Nashville, you do have the option of listing Lipscomb University as one of your choices to take the test. You may want to first check to find out if your high school gives the test on their campus; if they do, you probably want to list it as your first choice on locations since it’s a familiar, more comfortable environment to you.

What is the “Residual ACT”?

To learn more about the Residual ACT, click here .

Which test should I take: the ACT or SAT?

There has been a lot of discussion and research done to try and determine which of the two is the better test. Quite honestly, each test has it’s own pros and cons. Depending on your own personal situation, you may want to consider taking each of the tests. Two things to keep in mind as you’re trying to decide:

  1. Find out which of the two tests is required at the colleges / universities at which you plan to apply. Typically this will be stated in the admission information that you receive in the mail. If not, look through their website or contact their admissions office. (Currently, Lipscomb accepts scores for either the ACT or SAT.) 
     
  2. Find out if your high school requires one test over the other. If there is any doubt in your mind, check with your guidance counselor.

How much does the ACT cost?

The ACT is offered in two formats, with and without a wrting componet, which includes your scores being sent to four colleges of your choice. This page contains a full list of testing and other possible fees. Some of this same information can also be found on the official website for ACT. To learn more about the ACT, visit their website.