The College Boards – ACT Test

By: Wanda Campbell

If you are graduating from high school this year and thinking about going to college, you have probably checked into taking the ACT test. The test is one of the standard college admissions exams offered in the United States.

The ACT, originally an abbreviation of American College Testing, 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. It is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States, as well as more than 225 universities outside of the U.S. The main four ACT test sections are individually scored on a scale of 1–36, and a composite score (the rounded whole number average of the four sections) is provided.

The ACT was first introduced in November 1959 by University of Iowa professor Everett Franklin Lindquist as a competitor to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The ACT has seen a gradual increase in the number of test takers since its inception, and in 2012, the ACT surpassed the SAT for the first time in total test takers that year.

According to Prescotte Stokes III, at AL.COM, the average ACT score is 20.8 in the state of Alabama. Bob Jones High School (Madison City) and Huntsville High School (Huntsville City) have an average score of 24. James Clemens High School (Madison City) has an average score of 23.

At Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning, we sponsor the ACT Strategies and Prep Course in conjunction with United Way. Let our instructors help you prepare for the ACT test. In the course, you will learn effective strategies that will help you understand the questions and choose the correct responses. Using practice tests, you will learn your strengths and weaknesses in each specific ACT subject area. Learn how to take advantage of the knowledge you have already gained and how to apply it to the ACT to achieve your highest possible test score.

The ACT Strategies and Prep Course – English and Reading is offered on Tuesdays, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., September 10 – October 22, 2019. The ACT Strategies and Prep Course – Science is offered on Wednesdays, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., September 11 – October 23. The ACT Strategies and Prep Course – Math is offered on Thursdays, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., September 12 – October 24.

You can take one course, two courses, or all three courses. The fee for one course is $65. The fee to take two courses is $90. The fee to take all three courses is $105. You can register online at or call us at 256-233-8260.

By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262