The ACT (American College Testing) is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. It is currently administered by ACT, a nonprofit organization of the same name. The ACT test covers four academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. It also offers an optional writing test. It is accepted by all colleges and universities in the United States.
|Section||Number of Questions||Time (Minutes)||Score Range||Average Score (2018)||College Readiness Benchmark||Content|
|English||75||45||1-36||20.2||18||Usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills|
|Mathematices||60||60||1-36||20.5||22||Pre-algebra, elementay algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geomety, geometry, elementry trigonometry, reasoning and problem-solving|
|Science||40||35||1-36||20.7||23||Interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning and problem-solving|
|Optional Writing Test (not included in composite score)||1 essay prompt||40||1-12||6.5||Wrinting skills|
|Composite||1-36||20.8||Average (mean) of all section scores except Writing|
Although the writing section is optional, many colleges require an essay score and will factor it into the admissions decision (but fewer than half of all colleges have this requirement).
- The ACT is offered in other locations outside the US five times a year: in September, October, December, April, and June.The ACT is offered only on Saturdays.
- Candidates may choose either the ACT assessment ($50.50), or the ACT assessment plus writing ($67.00).
- Scores are sent to the student, his or her high school, and up to four colleges of the student’s choice (optional).