The ACT® test is a widely accepted college entrance exam designed to measure high students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. It is not part of the West Virginia Measure of Academic Progress. Individuals register and pay a fee prior to taking the ACT®. The test is administered on six national test dates each year.

The multiple-choice test covers four content areas: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. The Writing Test is optional. Sample questions and test taking tips may be found on the ACT Web site.

The tests emphasize reasoning, analysis, problem solving, and the integration of learning from various sources, as well as the application of these proficiencies to the kinds of tasks that college students are expected to perform. The optional Writing Test measures skills in planning and writing a short essay.

West Virginia ACT trend data is provided by subgroup. English, mathematics, reading, science and composite mean scale scores are provided.

For more information about the performance of West Virginia students on the ACT®, contact the Office of Assessment. All other questions should be directed to ACT®.