ACT Format and Test Dates

ACT Format and Test Dates 2017-07-26T16:52:47+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).

2017-2018 Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Online Score Release
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 18, 2017 September 19, 2017*
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 October 6, 2017 November 7, 2017*
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 17, 2017 December 19, 2017*
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 19, 2018 February 20, 2018*
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 23, 2018 April 24, 2018*
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 18, 2018 June 19, 2018*
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 22, 2018 July 24, 2018*

*estimated date based off ACT.org