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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.

English

45 Minutes

75 Questions

Testing Usage, Mechanics, and Rhetorical Skills

Math

60 Minutes

60 Questions

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

reading-comprehensive

Reading

35 Minutes

40 Questions

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

Science

35 Minutes

40 Questions

Testing Data Analysis, Experimental Results, Conflicting Viewpoint

Writing

40 Minutes

*Optional

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

Scoring your success


The ACT is scored on a 36-point scale. Each of the four multiple-choice sections receives a score of 1 to 36, and your composite score is an average of your four section scores. The optional Writing Test is scored separately.

Not sure if the ACT is right for you?


If you’re deciding between the ACT and the SAT, you’ll want to know the benefits and format of both tests. Learn the differences between the ACT and SAT, and then take our ACT vs. SAT quiz to learn which test is best for you.

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