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this is Sean Logan let's talk a little bit about the AC T in testing the AC T is a standardized test that many schools will require as part of the emissions process based on my work as a college admission officer the schools really have no preference for the test you take so let's spend little time talking about the AC T you know the purpose of taking a standardized test is really to allow colleges you know to use a benchmark for students against other students from across you know the US and internationally an a in an English class and one school could mean something totally different than an A and English classes on another school so it is one way that schools can look at a sort of a national exam currently for the AC T there are four therefore sections to it there's an English section there's a reading section there's a math section and there's a science section and there is one optional essay section that students can choose to do the format for the tests really you know includes multiple-choice questions in the English section you've got 75 questions from in about a 45 minute time period in the reading section you've got another 40 questions and that's in a 35 minute time period and the math section you've got 60 questions in 60 minutes and in the science section you've got 40 questions and that's in about 35 minutes the cost of the test is about fifty two dollars and fifty cents and if you take it without the writing section it's a little bit less expensive it's $36.50 the cost of the test should never be a barrier if you feel like you need help for paying for the cost of the tests please see your college counselor your guidance counselor there our fee waivers available which means you can take this test for free and your college or hopefully your college or guidance counselor can help you get the appropriate fee waivers to do that timing for taking the AC t-- most students should be planning out when to take their testing I would recommend thinking about taking the AC T probably in this winter or spring of your junior year and then probably taking it twice most students do better when they take it a second time so either taking it late in the spring of your junior year for a second time or using the fall of your senior year so the scoring each of the four sections has a score ranging between a 1 a 1 and 36 these scores are averaged together to get your composit score which is also between a 136 so let's take a look at this score report for each of the sections they can see how they did at a high level so the overall section scores around a 36 there's a perfect score on reading of 36 and the lowest of the four sections is in science which is a 28 other sections have sub scores would let you see if there was one air that was stronger than another in the English area for instance the student did slightly better on the usage and mechanics questions than compared to the rhetorical skills questions this information allows the student to target and study you know what they need to do better on and what they need to retake so the composite score is an average of the English the math the reading in the science scores so if you use this example and let's do the math you take a 32 a 35 a 36 and a 28 and you add that up you get a hundred and thirty-one you divide it by four and this person scores a thirty-two point seven five which rounds up to a 33 so their composite is a 33 so the 33 puts them at the 99th percentile which basically means they've scored higher than 99% of the people who have taken the test obviously this is a really good score on the a CT