The ACT is an admissions test typically taken by high school students, and required for entry to most US undergraduate programs.
It is available both as a computer-based test and a paper-and-pen test, comprising of four compulsory sections, and an optional Writing section. For students based outside the US, it is available only as a computer-based test.
Each of the four sections assess the following abilities:
|Section I: English|
Understanding of English; production of writing; knowledge of language skills
|Section II: Math
Mathematical skills typically acquired up to age 17.
|Section III: Reading|
Reading comprehension commonly encountered in first-year college curricula
|Section IV: Science
Interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in Biology, Chemistry, Earth/space sciences, and Physics
|Section V: Writing
Writing skills taught in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses
|English||75 multiple choice||45 minutes||1 - 36|
|Math||60 multiple choice||60 minutes||1 - 36|
|Reading||40 multiple choice||35 minutes||1 - 36|
|Science||40 multiple choice||35 minutes||1 - 36|
|Writing (optional)||1 essay prompt||40 minutes||2 - 12 points
Not included in total score
|Total||3 hours 25 minutes (without optional Writing section)|
4 hours 5 minutes (with optional Writing section)
|1 - 36|
FREQUENTLY ASKED ACT QUESTIONS
Which schools require the ACT?
Most US undergraduate programs require the ACT, including but not limited to the following universities:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
New York University (NYU)
University of California, Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Southern California (USC)
What is a good ACT score?
How long is my ACT score valid for?
How often can I sit for the ACT?
When is the ACT held?
When will my results be available?
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If you are unsure as to which test to take, we invite you to try our free SAT and ACT diagnostic tests for an idea of your expected performance on each test.
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