The New ACT


Jordynn Balducci

ACT Prep Books typically used by students, found in the library.

Anant Jhaveri, Writer

September of 2020 the ACT will be completely changing. The Washington Post explains how students will be able to retake portions of the exam rather than having to repeat the entire ACT. This is one of the most drastic reforms of the ACT for over 60 years. 


Conveniently, this will save students’ time and money as retaking a portion of the test will cost less compared to doing the whole exam. ACT officials state that the exam’s integrity will remain the same. 


Students’ anxiety and fears will be settled over getting a lower score on the second or third attempt on the ACT, as they can choose what sections they want to take again. 


However, these “retakes” will only be available through online testing centers.


Through online testing, results are received much quicker compared to the paper and pencil version. And now, online testing has become common for overseas students. 


In another policy shift, students will be able to send colleges their “superscore,” or their best results from each individual test combined. 


Although some colleges may ask for the results of all testing sessions, this new superscoring method is efficient and works with many colleges. Under these policies, a student must take the full exam before taking portions of the ACT. 


This new policy change gives the ACT massive leverage over its rival; the SAT must be completed in one sitting, and there are no partial retakes. This new systematic change could prove highly beneficial to students, as time and money will be saved.