History of the ACT

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With the ACT’s coming to a close, juniors all around America have something less to stress about. But with so many people stressing over the ACT, there come some questions. Where did the ACT test come from? Why do we even take it?

The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions and for testing your knowledge from high school. The test was first administered by Everett Franklin Lindquist in November 1959. Lindquist was acting as a competitor to the Scholastic Aptitude Test, which is now called the SAT.

The ACT’s original four tests were English, Math, Social Studies, and Natural Sciences. In 1989, the Social Studies section was replaced with a reading section. The Natural Sciences portion was renamed the Science Reasoning Test. In February 2005, an optional writing test was added.

In modern days, the ACT can be taken online rather than on paper.
Over the years the ACT’s amount of testers has gradually increased. In 2011 the amount of ACT testers actually surpassed the amount of SAT testers with a number of 1,666,017 to 1,664,479.