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)
|Mathematics Test||60||Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra (24 questions)
Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry (18 questions)
Plane Geometry/Trigonometry based (18 questions)
|Reading Test||40||Social Studies/Natural Sciences reading skills (20 social studies & natural sciences questions)
Arts/Literature reading skills (20 prose fiction & humanities questions)
|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.