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7 Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About the ACT®

7 Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About the ACT

Most people don’t love taking exams. This is especially true of college readiness exams like the ACT. Test day is not everyone’s favorite high school memory. 

It’s almost time for homecoming! YAYYY!!!

Prom is this weekend! OMG, WE CAN’T WAIT!!!

The ACT is coming up soon! *crickets chirping, tumbleweed rolls by*

Well, people might not love college readiness tests, but you know what people do love? Trivia! Test out your ACT knowledge with these seven trivia questions about little-known ACT facts.

What year was the ACT first introduced to the public?

    • 1941
    • 1959
    • 1981
    • The same year as Ibuprofen

(Answer: The ACT was first introduced to the public in 1959.)


How many times can you take the ACT?

    • 12
    • 7
    • 10
    • Your current age (x) the number of children you want to have (-) the number of Harry Potter movies you’ve seen

(Answer: You can take the ACT up to 12 times.)


What is the average ACT score in the United States?

    • 18
    • 20.8
    • 25.1
    • 36

(Answer: The average ACT score in the United States is 20.8. Pssst…Connecticut is the state with the highest average, 25.6.)


Which test is more popular?

    • SAT
    • ACT
    • Drivers License test

(Answer: Though the ACT moved past the SAT in 2014 for the largest number of test-takers, the SAT has since regained supremacy. In 2019, there were 2.2 million SAT test-takers and 1.8 million ACT test-takers.)


What is the BEST way to prepare for an upcoming ACT?

    • Increase your course load at school
    • Use an online test prep resource with questions that mimic the exam and detailed explanations for all answers (correct and incorrect) to help you master concepts and retain information
    • Ask students who have already taken the test to give you some tips
    • Recite affirmations in front of a mirror

(Answer: The BEST way to prepare for an upcoming ACT exam is to use an online test prep resource with questions that mimic the exam and detailed explanations for all answers — correct and incorrect — to help you master concepts and retain information.)


Did you enjoy the trivia questions? Learn anything new? Let’s see how well you know the ACT:

7 correct answers: People will tell stories of your greatness.
5-6 correct answers: Congratulations, you now have a lot of useless information in your brain.
3-4 correct answers: It’s ok, we won’t tell anybody.
1-2 correct answers: You’re going to have to repeat the grade. 


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