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About the ACT

Get ready by learning to recognize the test’s 16 question types. Doing so will help you choose the best strategies quickly and easily as you tackle sections on English, Math, Reading and Science – and an optional section focusing on Writing.


Minutes to complete

Number of questions



45 Minutes

75 Questions

Testing Usage, Mechanics, and Rhetorical Skills


60 Minutes

60 Questions

Testing Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry, and Trigonometry


35 Minutes

40 Questions

Passages include Social Studies, Natural Sciences, ​Literary Narrative or Prose Fiction, and Humanities


35 Minutes

40 Questions

Testing Data Analysis, Experimental Results, Conflicting Viewpoint


40 Minutes


You will be asked to write about your position on an issue in response to a question

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