The American College Test or ACT is a standardized test administered by ACT, Inc. with four main sections in mathematics, reading, science, and English and an optional writing section. Each section is individually scored on a scale of 1-36. The composite score is the rounded whole number average of the four sections.

In North Carolina, all Grade 11 students take the ACT exam during the March statewide administration. Test results are used in North Carolina’s school accountability program.