What is ACT?
The ACT is a standardized test that assesses your college readiness and considers your scores during the admissions process. This is one of the aspects of measuring your eligibility to get admission into a college or university. If you are planning to register for the test you can check the official website for ACT registration. The test has five sections including English, Math, Reading, Science, and the optional Writing (essay) section.
Here is what all you need to know about the ACT
- The test is of 2 hrs 55 minutes duration without essay and 3 hrs 35 minutes with essay
- The English section has 75 questions and of 45 minutes
- The Math section has 60 questions and is of 60 minutes
- The Reading section has 40 questions and is of 35 minutes
- The Science section has 40 questions and is of 35 minutes
- The Writing (optional) has 1 question and is of 40 minutes
When Is the ACT?
The test is offered in the month of February, April, June, July, September, October, and December. Please note that the February and July dates are not available in New York or international locations, however, the test date for July is not available in California. It might seem exciting to you when it comes to choosing your test date for ACT. However, there are some certain guidelines which you need to follow in order to make it a convenient procedure. Here is a list of ACT test dates for 2019-2020 and for details you can check the official website for ACT.
|2019-2020 Test Dates (National)|
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|September 14, 2019||August 16, 2019||August 17-30, 2019|
|October 26, 2019||September 20, 2019||September 21-October 4, 2019|
|December 14, 2019||November 8, 2019||November 9-22, 2019|
|February 8, 2020||January 10, 2020||January 11-17, 2020|
|April 4, 2020||February 28, 2020||February 29-March 13, 2020|
|June 13, 2020||May 8, 2020||May 9-22, 2020|
|July 18, 2020*||June 19, 2020||June 20-26, 2020|
*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date.
How Important Is the ACT?
ACT is the metric that colleges and universities use to measure your readiness for studying in college/university. Always remember that ACT is not the only important factor in your college admission, however, what matters the most is your curriculum and grades, therefore getting a competitive score is what matters the most for your college applications.
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