ACT Format and Test Dates

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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 6 times annually in September, October, December, February, April, and June. 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).

2016-2017 Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Online Score Release
April 9, 2016 March 4, 2016 March 18, 2016 April 19, 2016
June 11, 2016 May 6, 2016 May 20, 2016 June 21, 2016
September 10, 2016 August 5, 2016 August 19, 2016 September 21, 2016
October 22, 2016 September 16, 2016 September 30, 2016 November 2, 2016
December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 18, 2016 December 21, 2016
February 11, 2017 January 13, 2017 January 20, 2017 February 22, 2017
April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 17, 2017 April 19, 2017
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 19, 2017 June 21, 2017