October 16, 2016


What is ACT Test (American College Testing)?

ACT is a test for college admissions in US (for B.S level Degree for MS you might have to give GRE/GMAT). SAT is a competitor for ACT and most universities accept both scores. ACT assessment measures high school student’s capability to complete college-level work. ACT has multiple choice tests covering four sections: English, mathematics, reading, and science.

You’ll have 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete the subject tests (breaks are not included). There are 215 questions in all. Subject test scores range from 1 to 36. Only correct answers count towards the score. The four areas are then averaged together to come up with your overall/composite score.

ACT Test Structure

Test # of Questions Score(s) Duration
English Test 75 Usage/Mechanics (40 questions)
Rhetorical Skills (35 questions)
45 mins.
Mathematics Test 60 Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra (24 questions)
Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry (18 questions)
Plane Geometry/Trigonometry based (18 questions)
60 mins.
Reading Test 40 Social Studies/Natural Sciences reading skills (20 social studies & natural sciences questions)
Arts/Literature reading skills (20 prose fiction & humanities questions)
45 mins.
Science Test 40 None: the total test score is based on all 40 questions. 35 mins.

How Colleges use ACT score

Colleges use ACT score in making admission decisions, financial aid, Course placement.

Retaking ACT test

Students who retook the test more than once…
57% increased their Composite score
21% had no change in their Composite score
22% decreased their Composite score

If you have given ACT multiple times you can select which set of scores are sent to colleges.