The ACT is scored on a 1-36 scale in each section and an overall composite score. Because there are so few possible scores that you can get on the ACT, answering just one more question correctly could be enough to turn an average score into a great score. Read More >
The ACT and SAT use scaled scoring. This means yours score is based on percentiles. Percentiles are calculated in comparison to the other test taker’s scores, not just the number of questions you got right. Read More >
The ACT is graded on a score from 1-36. You will receive an overall composite score as well as a score in each of the four sections–reading, english, math, and science. The ACT features an optional writing portion that is scored 2-12 for each of the four writing criteria.
The ACT starts with the English section. In this section, you will have 45 minutes to complete 75 questions. This may seem like a lot, but it is doable if you pace yourself to complete 25 questions every 15 minutes. Learn more >
In the ACT Science section, you will have 35 minutes to complete 7 passages with multiple questions accompanying each passage. With difficult material and being located at the end of the test when you’re loosing steam, you need an arsenal of tips and tricks to get the best score you can. Learn More >
On the ACT Math section you will have 60 minutes to answer 60 questions. The questions test you on: basic and intermediate algebra, geometry, coordinate geometry, linear equations, and basic trigonometry. While calculators are permitted on the math portion, although you may not and should not use them for every question. Learn more >
ACT Prep Courses
The amount of time you should dedicate to prepping for the ACT largely depends on what your score is and how many points you want to raise it. Kaplan prep courses give you 18+ hours of instruction and additional resources and study plans so you can practice, prepare, and build confidence for Test Day.
Want test prep on your terms? Prefer working on your own from home? With Kaplan’s self-paced online courses, you can work at your own place, at your own pace—wherever you are, at whatever time suits you. Learn more >