ACT Exam

The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc.

Why Take the ACT?

The purpose of the ACT test, including its relevance for study abroad, is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important ACT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.

When Should I Take the ACT?

Most high school students take the ACT, SAT, or both during the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. The ACT exam is offered nationally every year in September, October, December, February*, April, June, and July*. View all upcoming ACT test dates.

What is Tested on ACT Exam?

There are four ACT sections: English, Reading, Math, and Science.

The ACT also includes an optional 40-minute Writing Test. Some colleges may require that you complete the ACT Writing Test. You can confirm each college’s admissions policies on the school website or on our school profiles.
The ACT is 2 hours and 55 minutes long. If you choose to take the ACT with Essay, the test will be 3 hours and 35 minutes long.

Each section of the ACT is scored on a 1-to-36-point scale. Your composite ACT score is the average of your four section scores, also on a scale from 1 to 36. If you take the ACT with Writing Test, you will receive a separate score on the Writing Test.

ACT Exam Structure

Section Questions Duration Score Range
English 75 multiple-choice questions 45 minutes 1 to 36
Math 60 multiple-choice questions 60 minutes 1 to 36
Break 10 minutes
Reading 40 multiple-choice questions 35 minutes 1 to 36
Science 40 multiple-choice questions 35 minutes 1 to 36
Break 5 minutes
Writing 1 prompt 40 minutes 1 to 36


ACT duration is close to 4 hours including the breaks. The composite score for the ACT ranges from 1 to 36 which is the average of English, Math, Reading and Science test scores. The essay score is not part of the composite score.

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What is the ACT?

The ACT is a standardized test used for Undergrad admissions in the United States and in many other countries. The purpose of the ACT is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.
ACT has four tests, English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and an optional writing test. In India, ACT is a computer based test.

How do I register for the ACT?

Login to act.org international page. Create an account and register for the ACT.

How is the ACT scored?

Each of the four ACT tests (English, Math, Reading and Science) is scored on a scale of 1 to 36 with one point increment.

The composite ACT score is the average of the four test scores. If the average comes to be a decimal then it is rounded up to the nearest whole number.

The writing test score ranges from 2 to 12.

ACT Score report have STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) score on a scale of 1 to 36, which represents the overall performance of the student on the science and math tests.

ACT Score report also have ELA (English, Language, Arts) score on a scale of 1 to 36, which represents the overall performance of the student on the English, Reading and Writing tests.

How long does the ACT test last?

The ACT is 2 hours and 55 minutes long. If you choose to take the ACT with Essay, the test will be 3 hours and 35 minutes long.

What is the ACT registration fee in India?

For 2019-2020, registration fee for the ACT without writing test is $150 and ACT with writing is $166.50

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