Top Five Myths about computer-based testing
Myths and Facts about ACT® Computer-Based Testing

Starting this September, non-US students taking the ACT university admissions test will do so using computer-based testing (CBT), which offers many benefits for students taking the test. Big changes like this sometimes lead to rumors and misinformation about what you can expect from the test. It’s important to know the difference between myths and facts. Some are listed below (and click here to find even more).


MYTH: CBT is a completely different testing experience.

FACT: While computer-based ACT testing is a new format, the content of the test itself WILL NOT CHANGE. It’s simply a new, more efficient way to take the test. Examinees will still take the test in a proctored test environment. The good news is they’ll receive scores much faster and have more opportunities to test.


MYTH: Preparing for the paper exam is different from preparing for the CBT.

FACT: Not at all! First of all, the best way to prepare for the ACT is taking rigorous courses and studying hard at school. Also, all previously existing free and paid ACT test prep tools–like ACT Academy, PreACT, ACT Online Prep, or The Official ACT Prep Guide–will fully prepare you for the content of the test. Best of all, CBT practice tests are now available so you can get the full CBT test prep experience!


MYTH: Universities won’t accept CBT scores, at least not right away, because it’s a new format.

FACT: ACT is working to ensure that all colleges and universities that have accepted ACT scores will continue to accept scores from the CBT version.


MYTH: If my test center loses power or technology malfunctions, my score will be affected.

FACT: ACT test centers have the technology to save your progress and return to the test, if possible, should a power outage or other technology malfunction occur. All data related to your ACT test progress is continuously downloaded to a locally based computer into a cache in case mishaps occur.


MYTH: My region won’t have a CBT testing center.

FACT: ACT is working with international partners to secure test center locations in every region of the globe, and we’ll continue this rollout after the CBT launches in September. You can find test center near you when you register to take the test.

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