ACT Format and Test Dates

ACT Format and Test Dates2019-03-28T15:03:53+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 Click here 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
2019-2020 Test Dates Registration Deadline* Late Registration Deadline* Online Score Release*
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-26, 2019 September 24, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 27, 2019 September 28-October 7, 2019 November 5, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 15, 2019 November 16-25, 2019 December 24, 2019
February 8, 2020** January 10, 2020 January 11-20, 2020 February 18, 2020
April 4, 2020 March 6, 2020 March 7-16, 2020 April 14, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 15, 2020 May 16-25, 2020 June 23, 2020
July 18, 2020*** June 19, 2020 June 20-29, 2020 July 28, 2020

*estimated dates based off ACT.org
**February test date not available in New York or international locations.
***July test date not available in New York, California, or international locations.

Additional Resources

Don’t stop here! Check out our blog for new posts about preparing for the ACT. Below are a few posts you may find useful.

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