Students have the option of taking the ACT or the SAT at state expense. The ACT is a standardized test used by many colleges and universities in their admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc. Knowledge and skills are assessed in four areas: English, math, reading and science with each scored on a scale of 1–36. A composite score (the average of the four sections) is also provided. Additionally, the ACT has established a benchmark score for each subject-area test that represents the level of achievement required for students to have at least a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher and about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in a corresponding credit-bearing, first-year college course. How important ACT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school. Students make take the ACT additional times at their own expense. Find out more about the ACT.