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. The test has five sections: English, Math, Reading, Science, and the optional Writing (essay) section.
Quick facts about the ACT
All colleges treat SAT and ACT at par (with a few rare exceptions) for under grad college admissions
From September 2018, ACT has become computer based test for outside US
Official website for ACT test registration is
Fees for test registration is With Writing – USD 166.50 and Without Writing USD 150
ACT is conducted 7 times a year: February, April, June, July, August, September, October
The test is of 2 hrs 55 minutes duration without essay and 3 hrs 35 minutes with essay
The English test has 75 questions with a duration of 45 minutes
The Math test has 60 questions with a duration of 60 minutes
The Reading test has 40 questions with a duration of 35 minutes
The Science test has 40 questions with a duration of 35 minutes
The Writing (optional) test has 1 question and is of 40 minutes
English, Math, Reading and Science tests are scored in a scale of 1 to 36 and the composite ACT score is the average of these four tests.
The following table shows the information about each section of the test:
The time allotted for the ACT is 3 hours and 55 minutes (excluding breaks) with an optional 40 minutes writing test. The ACT is accepted in all the US colleges and 255 colleges outside the US, including Canada, Australia, Singapore, and many more. Like the SAT, this exam also helps a student achieve financial aid or merit-based scholarships.
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What is the scoring scale of ACT Exam?
English scores range from 1-36, in 1-point increments
Mathematics scores range from 1-36, in 1-point increments
Reading scores range from 1-36, in 1-point increments
Science scores range from 1-36, in 1-point increments
Writing (optional) scores range from 2-12
Composite scores ranging from 1-36, are an average of the above four sections
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?
The registration fees for the ACT is USD 150 (without essay) and USD 166.50 (with essay). Test fee is inclusive of the cost of sending your score reports to four colleges that you choose when you register for the test.