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About the ACT College Admissions Test
The ACT College Admissions Assessment will be given to every 11th grader and is part of North Carolina's school accountability program. ACT test results are widely accepted by college admissions offices and considered an accurate gauge of classroom achievement. ACT results may be used at the high school level to identify students who need assistance with certain subject areas or academic skills, evaluate effectiveness of instruction, and make adjustments to curriculum to improve instruction. Colleges use the ACT for admissions decisions, course placement, academic advising and loans and scholarships. ACT offers a dedicated website for NC that is specifically related to our administration of the ACT.About the ACT Mathematics Test
The ACT mathematics test is a 60question, 60minute test designed to assess the mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.
The test presents multiplechoice questions that require you to use reasoning skills to solve practical problems in mathematics. Some questions may belong to a set of several questions (e.g., several questions about the same graph or chart).
Knowledge of basic formulas and computational skills are assumed as background for the problems, but recall of complex formulas and extensive computation is not required.
NOTE: You may use a calculator on the mathematics test. See ACT's calculator policy for details about permitted and prohibited calculators. If you use a prohibited calculator, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored. You are not required to use a calculator. All of the mathematics problems can be solved without using a calculator.
Math Content on the ACT
http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/descriptions/mathcontent.html
Content Covered by the ACT Mathematics Test
In the mathematics test, three subscores are based on six content areas: prealgebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry.
PreAlgebra/Elementary Algebra PreAlgebra (2025%): Questions in this content area are based on basic operations using whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and integers; place value; square roots and approximations; the concept of exponents; scientific notation; factors; ratio, proportion, and percent; linear equations in one variable; absolute value and ordering numbers by value; elementary counting techniques and simple probability; data collection, representation, and interpretation; and understanding simple descriptive statistics.
 Elementary Algebra (1520%): Questions in this content area are based on properties of exponents and square roots, evaluation of algebraic expressions through substitution, using variables to express functional relationships, understanding algebraic operations, and the solution of quadratic equations by factoring.
Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry Intermediate Algebra (1520%): Questions in this content area are based on an understanding of the quadratic formula, rational and radical expressions, absolute value equations and inequalities, sequences and patterns, systems of equations, quadratic inequalities, functions, modeling, matrices, roots of polynomials, and complex numbers.
 Coordinate Geometry (1520%): Questions in this content area are based on graphing and the relations between equations and graphs, including points, lines, polynomials, circles, and other curves; graphing inequalities; slope; parallel and perpendicular lines; distance; midpoints; and conics.
Plane Geometry/Trigonometry Plane Geometry (2025%): Questions in this content area are based on the properties and relations of plane figures, including angles and relations among perpendicular and parallel lines; properties of circles, triangles, rectangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids; transformations; the concept of proof and proof techniques; volume; and applications of geometry to three dimensions.
 Trigonometry (510%): Questions in this content area are based on understanding trigonometric relations in right triangles; values and properties of trigonometric functions; graphing trigonometric functions; modeling using trigonometric functions; use of trigonometric identities; and solving trigonometric equations.
ACT Math Practice Questions WebsiteMath Sample Questions Set 1Math Sample Questions Set 2
http://www.actstudent.org/sampletest/math/math_02.htmlMath Sample Questions Set 3Math Sample Questions Set 4Math Sample Questions Set 5http://www.actstudent.org/sampletest/math/math_05.html
What are the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks?
http://www.act.org/research/policymakers/pdf/benchmarks.pdf
The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are the minimum ACT® college readiness assessment scores required for students to have a high probability of success in creditbearing college courses—English Composition, social sciences courses, College Algebra, or Biology. In addition to the benchmarks for the ACT, there are corresponding benchmarks for ACT Explore®, taken in eighth and/or ninth grades, and ACT Plan®, taken in tenth grade, to gauge student progress in becoming ready for college. And for students taking ACT Compass®, a computer adaptive course placement assessment used by colleges, we have identified the College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT Compass scale corresponding to success in creditbearing community college courses.
Why these courses?English Composition, College Algebra, and Biology are the first creditbearing courses most commonly taken by firstyear college students. Course placement data also show that reading achievement is most closely aligned with success in creditbearing social sciences courses in college.College Course ACT
Test AreaExploregr8 Exploregr9 ACT Plan ACT Test ACT Compass English Composition English 13 14 15 18 77* Social Sciences Reading 16 17 18 22 89* College Algebra Mathematics 17 18 19 22 52* Biology Science 18 19 20 23 NA* * The ACT Compass English Benchmark refers to the ACT Compass Writing Skills Test.
The ACT Compass Mathematics Benchmark refers to the ACT Compass Algebra Test.
ACT Compass does not contain a science test.
How can institutions benefit from using the Benchmarks? Colleges can use the Benchmarks for the ACT as one among several criteria for admission or as a foundation for determining course placement scores.
 Middle schools and high schools can use the Benchmarks for ACT Explore and ACT Plan as a means of evaluating students’ early progress toward college readiness so that timely
interventions can be made when necessary, or as an educational counseling or career planning tool.  Colleges (especially twoyear institutions) can use the Benchmarks for ACT Compass to help in efficiently assigning walkin students to the proper courses and to diagnose student remediation needs.
 In all the above cases, the Benchmarks offer users a concise, reliable method of articulating postsecondary expectations to middle schools and high schools so that timely interventions can be made.
North Carolina specific ACT WebsiteNorth Carolina School & Test Administrator Resources for ACTState Overview Testing PowerPoint  July 31, 2012
Click here to view PowerPoint presentationACT presenters: EXPLORE/PLAN – Carol Clark
 ACT – Linda Manary and Cassie Rochholz
 WorkKeys – Fred McConnel
ACT Frequently Asked Questions  September 2012North Carolina Department of Instruction ACT and ACT WorkKeys InformationThe ACT College Admissions Assessment is given to all students in the 11th grade and the ACT WorkKeys assessment is administered to seniors who are Career and Technical Education (CTE) concentrators. Beginning in 201213, The ACT and the ACT WorkKeys became part of North Carolina’s school accountability program.In order to support student success on The ACT, North Carolina administers the ACT Explore assessment at 8th grade and the ACT Plan assessment at 10th grade. ACT Explore and ACT Plan are diagnostic assessments that are predictors to future performance on The ACT. They also provide information to help parents, teachers, and students determine future goals.
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/accountability/testing/actplanfaq.pdf
ACT Calculator Policy
Can I use a calculator?
The ACT Calculator Policy (effective September 1, 2014) The ACT calculator policy is designed to ensure fairness for all examinees, avoid disturbances in the testing room, and protect the security of the test materials.
 A permitted calculator may be used on the ACT mathematics test only.
 It is the examinee’s responsibility to know whether their calculator is permitted.
 Accessible calculators (such as audio/"talking," or braille calculators) may be allowed under the accessibility policies for the ACT® test.
 Calculators with builtin or downloaded computer algebra system functionality
 Texas Instruments:
 All model numbers that begin with TI89 or TI92
 TINspire CAS—Note: The TINspire (nonCAS) is permitted.
 HewlettPackard:
 HP Prime
 HP 48GII
 All model numbers that begin with HP 40G, HP 49G, or HP 50G
 Casio:
 fxCP400 (ClassPad 400)
 ClassPad 300
 ClassPad 330
 Algebra fx 2.0
 All model numbers that begin with CFX9970G
 Handheld, tablet, or laptop computers, including PDAs
 Electronic writing pads or peninput devices—Note: The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted.
 Calculators built into cell phones or any other electronic communication devices
 Calculators with a typewriter keypad (letter keys in QWERTY format)—Note: Letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted.
 Calculators that can hold programs or documents—remove all documents and remove all programs that have computer algebra system functionality.
 Calculators with paper tape—Remove the tape.
 Calculators that make noise—Turn off the sound.
 Calculators with an infrared data port—Completely cover the infrared data port with heavy opaque material such as duct tape or electrician’s tape (includes HewlettPackard HP 38G series, HP 39G series, and HP 48G).
 Calculators that have power cords—Remove all power/electrical cords.
 Examinees may bring any 4function, scientific, or graphing calculator as long as it is a permitted calculator modified if needed as described above.
 In a computer based testing environment, an onscreen calculator may be provided.
 Sharing calculators during the test is not permitted, and the test proctor will not provide a calculator.
 Examinees are responsible for ensuring that their calculator works properly. If their calculator uses batteries, the batteries should be strong enough to last throughout the testing session.
 Examinees may bring a spare calculator and extra batteries.