Preparing for the ACT 2019

If you are looking for information about ACT, it means that you are planning to enroll yourself in one of the courses offered by universities in the United States. Students in the senior year or grade 11 and 12 often appear for this test to obtain a scorecard to be submitted, along with their GDP score, to the colleges and universities they have applied to.

Things you need to know about ACT Test 2019

Given below are some facts about ACT:

  • The ACT is brief for American College Testing, which is administered by the non-profit organization of the same name.
  • The ACT test examines the knowledge of high school students about English, Math, and Science. This acts as a common factor that allows universities to compare the applicants who have applied for admission.
  • It is most common in the central states of the USA, with a few exceptions like Indiana, Arizona, and Texas that give preference to SAT.
  • The test is divided into four sections with a total duration of 2 hours and 55 minutes. There is an optional writing test as well, which is taken by a few students only, depending upon the requirements of the course they have applied for.
  • The test is held five times a year and dates are updated on the ACT website every year. Students are required to create an account on the website for ACT test registration and are expected to register at least a month ahead of the desired test date.
  • There is no ACT test score range as the complete profile of every student is considered. However, the total score for the ACT is calculated as the average of the score in each section.
  • The fees depend on the choice of the student to opt for the essay exam. The examination fee with the essay writing exam is $62.50, whereas, without essay writing, it is $46. There is an additional charge of the $57.50 for international students. For Indian students, the fee varies between INR 7500 to INR 8500. Most Indian students opt for the essay writing section.

How to prepare for the ACT Test 2019

After learning about the pattern and making up your mind to appear for the exam, the question that comes in most students’ minds is “How to prepare for the ACT?” and there is no single answer to this question. However, there are certain suggestions that may help students in preparing well at their own pace:

  • Familiarization

Understanding the pattern of the exam is the first step in preparation. This includes the skills you will be tested for, the number and types of questions, and an idea of what is expected from the student.

  • Score Target

For the university and the course that you have applied for, you can find out the ACT average test score by going through the details of their previous admission procedure. This will help you to prepare yourself accordingly.

  • Strengths and weaknesses

Every student has a different pace and pattern of preparation. Identifying your own strengths and weaknesses help in taking your preparations in the right direction. For example, a student might be weak in Math but good in Science. Therefore, spending more time in improving the weak area and polishing the strong areas helps in overall preparations.

  • Practice tests

Practice tests and preparation materials are available online on the ACT and other websites, and with coaching centers that prepare students for the ACT. It is advised to take the practice test under the same conditions of time, which conditions students for actual exam situation and helps them to handle anxiety better.

ACT test structure and format

The ACT test challenges the curriculum based-learning of the students in the areas of English, Math, and Science. The detailed structure of the exam in terms of the number of questions, types of questions, skills tested, and time allotted has been discussed in the table given below:

Section Name Number of Questions Duration Type of Questions Skills Tested
English 75 questions 45 minutes Multiple choice questions with four options to choose from, mechanics and rhetorical skills questions Grammar usage; punctuation, sentence structure, organization, style, and strategy
Math 60 questions 60 minutes Multiple choice questions with five options to choose from Algebra: pre, elementary and intermediate, coordinate and plane geometry, and trigonometry
Reading 40 questions 35 minutes Multiple choice questions with four options to choose from, referring and reasoning questions Reading comprehension of what is directly implied and stated
Science 40 questions 35 minutes Multiple choice data representation, four-choice, research summaries, and conflicting viewpoint questions Evaluation, analysis, interpretation, reasoning, and problem solving
Writing (Optional) 1 essay 40 minutes Essay prompt Writing skills


In addition to preparing well and expecting a good score, students must remember that even though certain examinations and tests get them to the courses and universities of their choice, their life is much more than just a score. These academic courses and universities are a part of life, not the entire life. Do your best and leave the rest!

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