Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Preparing students who are college and career-ready is an important responsibility of Greenville County Schools and the State of South Carolina. The ACT ® college entrance test will be administered to 11th grade students who selected to participate in this testing program during the regular school day on Tuesday, February 27.

The ACT ® is a college readiness test that consists of four multiple choice timed tests—English, math, reading, and science- plus a 40-minute essay that measures a student’s writing skills. Most students will receive an ACT score that can be used for college enrollment, scholarships, and NCAA eligibility requirements.

The ACT ® allows students to access an ACT-approved calculator during the mathematics portion of the test only. Review allowable calculators for this assessment.

Timings per subject are listed below:




45 min.


60 min.


35 min.


35 min.


40 min.

Testing Tips

Parents can be a great help to their child by following these suggestions. 

Students should:

  • Rest on the nights before these tests. 
  • Eat a nourishing breakfast on the morning of each test.
  • Be in school and on time, except in cases of illness.
  • Bring at least two #2 pencils to school.  Pencils are required for marking test answer documents.
  • Listen attentively to the teacher’s directions so he/she will know exactly what to do.
  • Read each test question and each response carefully before marking an answer choice.
  • Stay calm, if there are questions that seem difficult.
  • Mark his/her best answer.
  • Refrain from bringing any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging into the testing location.

Parents should:

  • Meet with your child’s teachers as often as necessary to discuss his/her progress. 
  • Check or review your child’s homework, projects, or other school work.
  • Talk with your child about school.
  • Ask teachers to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and to improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork.
  • Provide positive feedback by praising your child for what he/she does well.

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