Frequently Asked Questions About the
Q. What is the ACT?
A. The ACT is a college admission examination that consists of
tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science--and an
optional Writing Test. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice
Q. How long does the test take?
A. The ACT without the Writing Test takes 3 1/2 hours, including
administration instructions and breaks. Actual testing time is 2
hours and 55 minutes, broken down as follows:
-English: 45 minutes; Math: 60 minutes;
-Reading: 35 minutes; Science: 35 minutes
The ACT Writing Test adds 30 minutes to the testing time.
Q. When are the test dates?
A. In the United States, the ACT is administered on six national
test dates: in September, October, December, February, April, and
Q. How often can a student take the ACT?
A. A student may take the ACT no more than 12 times total.
The ACT now requires students to upload a picture
when registering for the test. This photo will print on your
admission ticket. Students will be required to bring a governement
or school issued ID on their test day.
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