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The following excerpts come from ACT and the Colorado Department of Education.

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The ACT is a national college admissions exam that all Colorado students take in the 11th grade. It measures four subjects - English, reading, math, and science. The highest possible score for each subject is 36.

In order to place in college-level courses in Colorado, students must earn an 18 in English and a 19 in math. Learn about remediation rates from the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).


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All Colorado districts administer this test. The ACT is accepted at colleges and universities in the U.S., and also by the military.

The 11th grade ACT assessment, which is more commonly known as the Colorado ACT (CO ACT), is administered once in April and once in May.

This assessment is equivalent to all other ACT Assessments administered on national test dates throughout the country. Since this is an actual college entrance exam, results from this assessment can be submitted for college entrance by the student to their college or university of choice.

The CO ACT Assessment consists of two parts which are designed to help students prepare for postsecondary educational opportunities.

  • The first part is a pre-test session which includes an interest inventory, a student profile section, and a course/grade section.
  • The second part is the academic assessment section which includes tests in the areas of English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.

From the tests, students receive a composite score along with scores for each of the skill areas. The CO ACT assessment also provides two sub scores in English, three sub scores in Mathematics, and two sub scores in Reading.

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Many schools provide ACT practice sessions in 10th and 11th grades. And study guides are often available in high school counseling offices.

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Students in Colorado take all four ACT tests - English, math, reading, and science for free. Subsequent tests cost $38.00 (for all four tests). Some students may be eligible for one fee waiver, depending on Free or Reduced Price lunch status.

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