The South Carolina ACT® Testing Program
Section 59-18-325 of the Education Accountability Act (EAA) specifies that districts must offer grade eleven students the opportunity to take a college entrance test from a provider secured by the department. The Department has secured both the SAT® and the ACT®. These assessments are offered at no cost to the student. Students may use the results of these assessments to apply to college.
Students are not required to take either the SAT® or ACT®. The Department provides a Parent Form for the parent or guardian of each eleventh grade student to sign and indicate which test the student will take (SAT® or ACT®), or whether the student will not take either test. The choice must be determined at the student level, not the school or district level. These forms may be modified by the districts. The completed forms must be stored by the district in the event that the district is audited.
About The ACT® Test
- The ACT® is a college admissions test which includes multiple-choice tests in mathematics, science, English, and reading, plus a Writing test. The Writing test is not optional for the South Carolina testing program.
- Each of the ACT tests is timed. The total testing time is approximately 4.5 hours.
- ACT provides indications of college readiness through ACT’s Benchmark scores. Students who score at or above the Benchmark in a given subject area have approximately a 50% chance of earning a B or better, and approximately a 75% chance of earning a C or better, in the corresponding college course or courses.