ACT Format and Test Dates

ACT Format and Test Dates 2018-06-04T12:07:25+00:00

What is the ACT?

The ACT (American College Testing) is a standardized exam that was introduced as an alternative to the SAT used for college admission. The ACT consists of four sections: English, Reading, Math, and Science. There is also an optional Writing portion of the exam.

ACT Format

The ACT is a 3 hour and 30 minute exam consisting of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and a writing section. The breakdown of each section is as follows:

ACT Test Section # of Questions Content Timing

English

75 questions Punctuation
Grammar and usage
Sentence structure
Rhetorical skills
45 minutes

Mathematics

60 questions Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra
Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry
Plane Geometry/Trigonometry
60 minutes

Reading

40 questions Social Studies
Natural Sciences
Prose Fiction
Humanities
35 minutes

Science

40 questions Data Representation
Research Summaries
Conflicting Viewpoints
35 minutes

Optional Writing Test

1 prompt Ideas & Analysis
Development & Support
Organization
Language Use & Conventions
40 minutes

ACT Test Dates

The ACT is offered 7 times annually in September, October, December, February, April, June, and July. It is always given on a Saturday. Students with credible religious obligations on a test date can request an alternate testing date (Visit http://www.actstudent.org for more details).

2018-2019 Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Online Score Release
September 8, 2018 August 10, 2018 August 26, 2018 September 18, 2018*
October 27, 2018 September 28, 2018 October 14, 2018 November 6, 2018*
December 8, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 19, 2018 December 18, 2018*
February 9, 2019 January 11, 2019 January 18, 2019 February 19, 2019*
April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 25, 2019 April 23, 2019*
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 20, 2019 June 18, 2019*
July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019 June 24, 2019 July 23, 2019*

*estimated date based off ACT.org