The ACT is designed to test your college readiness by evaluating your knowledge of the core concepts of a standard high school curriculum. Most students take the ACT for the first time in the second half of their junior year, leaving plenty of time to retake the test the following summer and fall. We recommend that you begin studying for the ACT toward the end of your sophomore year. This timeline will give you plenty of time to learn the underlying math, science, reading, and grammar and allow you ample opportunities to practice applying them on timed practice tests.
However, some students take the test earlier or later; take the ACT when you feel prepared and confident in your ability to achieve your best score. Refer to our college admissions timeline for more information.
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