About ACT

The leading college admissions test that measures what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for university.
The ACT is an admissions exam used by universities to evaluate undergraduate applicants. All four-year universities in the US, and more than 200 universities outside of the US, accept and value the ACT.


ACT Test Descriptions

The full ACT consists of four multiple-choice sections – English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science – with an optional writing section. ACT’s writing test is optional and will not affect your composite score.

English practice test questions measure your ability to make decisions to revise and edit short texts and essays in different genres.

Math practice test questions measure your ability to read closely, reason logically about texts using evidence, and integrate information from multiple resources.

Reading practice test questions measure reading comprehension commonly encountered in first-year college curricula.

Science practice test questions measure the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning and problem-solving skills required in biology, chemistry, Earth/space sciences and physics.

The optional Writing section measures writing skills taught in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.

Test Number of Questions Minutes per Test
English 75 45
Mathematics 60 60
Reading 40 35
Science 40 35
Writing (optional) 1 essay 40


Taking a Break 

  • A short break is scheduled after the second test. Using cell phones or any electronic devices during the break is prohibited.
  • You may eat or drink outside the test room during the break. 
  • If you take the ACT with writing, you will have time before the writing test to relax and sharpen your pencils.


Your scores will be based only on the number of questions that you answer correctly; there is no penalty for guessing. Try to answer every question within the time allowed for each section.



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