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About ACT® Test


The ACT is standardized test that admission officers use to compare applicants from different schools and different states. The ACT comprises four subject area tests – English, Math, Reading, and Science. The ACT with writing includes an additional 40-minute Writing test. ACT scores are accepted by all the colleges in the US for undergraduate admissions. Here’s a brief overview of the test.

ACT Quick Facts

  • Frequency: 4-6 times depending on the state and country
  • Subject Area Test: English, Math, Reading, Science. ACT Plus Writing includes an optional Essay.
  • Duration: 2 hours 55 minutes; 3 hours 35 minutes including essay
  • ACT fees (in India)$150 for International students
  • ACT Plus writing fees (in India)$166.50 for International students
  • Max Score: 36
  • Avg Score: 21

Composite score is the average of the four subject area test scores while the Essay scores are reported separately.

To know about the differences between ACT and SAT, click here .

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