What's on the ACT

What’s on the ACT Exam?

The ACT exam, without the Writing section, consists of four tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science. These tests consist of multiple choice questions. Students can also choose to take the ACT Plus Writing exam which includes the four tests along with an essay/writing section.

The ACT exam is 3.5 hours long and includes 215 multiple-choice questions.

The English section of the ACT exam contains 75 questions and is timed for 45 minutes.

The English portion of the ACT exam tests your knowledge of Usage and Mechanics that include punctuation, grammar, usage, and sentence structure. The English section also tests your knowledge of Rhetorical Skills that include organization, strategy, and style. This ACT English Prep Question will help you to better understand the English section of the ACT exam.

For the English section of the ACT, you will be given an essay or passage which is followed by multiple-choice questions. These questions will be about specific phrases or sentences that are within the passage. Some questions may even ask about a paragraph or the entire passage.

ACT English Study Guide

ACT English Practice Test

The Math section contains 60 questions time for 60 minutes and measures the mathematical skills that students have typically acquired in courses that have been taken up to the beginning of grade 12. The questions that are included in the Math section of the ACT consist of:

  • Essential Skills
  • Number and Quantity
  • Algebra
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability

ACT Math Practice Test

ACT Math Study Guide

The Reading portion contains 40 questions and is timed for 35 minutes. This section measures the test taker’s reading comprehension.

ACT Reading Study Guide

ACT Reading Practice Test

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ACT Secrets Study Guide

The Science section also includes 40 questions and is timed for 35 minutes. The Science section measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills that are required in the natural sciences.

ACT Science Study Guide

ACT Science Practice Test

If the test taker opts to take the Writing section of the exam, there is 1 prompt that is timed for 30 minutes. The Writing section measures the writing skills that are emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.

What’s on the ACT

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Who Accepts the ACT Score?

ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities across the U.S. Scores for the ACT range from 1 to 36 with 36 being the highest and the average score is about 20-21. The test taker should consult the college or university to find out the required passing score as all schools have different passing rates.

How Much Does the ACT Exam Cost?

For test takers that are not taking the Writing portion of the ACT exam (the standard ACT), the fee to register for the exam is $36.50. For those wishing to take the ACT Plus Writing exam, the cost of registration is $52.50.

When is the ACT Exam Administered?

There are six dates per year that the ACT exam is administered: February, April, June, September, October and December.

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