The Essential Guide To The ACT Test For Filipino Students

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The United States of America (USA) is one of the most popular study abroad destinations for students. If you’re planning to pursue your education in this country, you need to take and pass the ACT test.

What is the ACT test?

ACT (originally an abbreviation of the American College Testing) is one of the largest standardized tests used for college and university admissions in the United States. The test measures the following core skills:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Writing (optional)

What is the format of the ACT test?

The ACT test consists of four multiple-choice questions in English, Math, Science, and Reading. Though the writing test is optional, some schools may require the ACT writing scores, so you may want to consider taking this test section. Here is the breakdown of the ACT test:

Test

Component
No. of Questions

Minutes for Section

English
Production of Writing (29-32%)

(Comprehension of various pieces of writing)

Knowledge of Language (13-19%)

(Word choice, style, and tone)

Conventions of Standard English (51-56%)

(Sentence structure and formation, punctuation, language usage)

75

45

Mathematics
Preparing for Higher Mathematics (57-60%)

  • Number and Quantity (7-10%)
  • Algebra (12-15%)
  • Functions (12-15%)
  • Geometry (12-15%)
  • Statistics and Probability

Integrating Essential Skills (40-43%)

(Application of mathematics in daily life)

Modeling

(Interpretation of data, setting up models)

60

60

Reading
Key Ideas and Details (55-60%)

(Identification of central ideas and themes)

Craft and Structure (25-30%)

(Analyzation of text structures)

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (13-18%)

40

35

Science
Data Representation(30-40%)

  • Research Summaries (45-55%)
  • Conflicting Viewpoints (15-20%)

Interpretation of Data (45-55%)

(Recognition of trends in data, translation of tabular data into graphs)

Scientific Investigation (20-30%)

(Comprehension of experimental tools, procedures, and design)

Evaluation of Models, Inferences, and Experimental Results (25-35%)

(Formulation of conclusions based on available information)

40

35

Writing (optional)
Ideas and Analysis

(Generation of relevant ideas)

Development and Support

(Thorough discussion of ideas, arguments, and rationale)

Organization

(Presentation of ideas with clarity and purpose)

Language Use and Convention

(Convention of grammar, syntax, word usage, and mechanics)

1 essay

40

How much does ACT cost for Filipino students?

According to the ACT official website, the ACT with writing test costs USD 166.50. Meanwhile, the ACT with no writing test costs USD 150.00.

Where can I take ACT in the Philippines?

There are seven accredited ACT testing centers in the Philippines. See which testing centers are available in your location:

  • St. Carmen Salles School – Bacolod City
  • Brent School – Baguio City
  • SME Networks Philippines Training Center, Inc. – Cebu City
  • Veritas English Teaching and Learning Institute – Muntinlupa City
  • The Forum Institution for International Studies – Pasig City
  • International School Manila – Taguig City
  • British Council Philippines – Taguig City
  • Where can I review for ACT in the Philippines?

    By joining a review center, you can have an in-depth understanding of the topics covered in the exam. You’ll also learn test-taking strategies that can increase your chances of passing the test. Here are some of the ACT review centers in the Philippines that you can try:

    The Princeton Review Philippines

    Address: 2/F Serendra Piazza, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

    Contact Number: 0915-123-1636

    E: [e protected]

     

    Manhattan Review

    Address: Manhattan Review, Roxas Boulevard, Metro Manila

    Contact Number: +1-212-316-2000

    E: [e protected]

     

    Eureka Review Center

    Address: 2/F JEMP Building, J. Cabarrus cor. Monserrat, BF Homes Commercial Center, Paranaque City

    Contact Number: (02) 833-1617

    E: [e protected]

     

    AHEAD Tutorial and Review

    Address: 170 B. Gonzales St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City

    Contact Number: +426-0034, 426-0036

    E: [e protected]

    Why should I take the ACT test?

    The ACT test can be your gateway to your dream university in the US! Aside from being a college entrance exam, ACT also helps you prepare for your future career path. After taking the test, you will receive personalized career information. You can see your strengths and development areas in the subjects tested. These results can help you choose which career path is best for you!

    Are you ready to take the ACT test? Read more tips and guides about the different proficiency exams like SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, and a lot more at Edukasyon.ph’s Study Abroad blog section.

     

    Sources:

    https://www.studypoint.com/ed/the-act-test/

    http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf

    http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/pdfs/MyACT-Test-Center-Listing.pdf

     


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