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.
WHAT IS THE ACT?
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|
Grammar and usage
|MATHEMATICS||60 questions||Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra
Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry
|READING||40 questions||Social Studies
|SCIENCE||40 questions||Data Representation
|OPTIONAL WRITING TEST||1 prompt||Ideas & Analysis
Development & Support
Language Use & Conventions
ACT TEST DATES
Below are official test dates for the ACT’s 2020-2021 season. Please be advised these dates are subject to change due to COVID-19 related postponements. To view ACT’s official release of test dates, please reference this link.
|2020-2021 Test Dates||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline||Online Score Release|
|September 12, 2020||August 14, 2020||August 15, 2020 – August 28, 2020||TBD|
|September 13, 2020*||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|September 19, 2020*||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|October 10, 2020*||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|October 17, 2020*||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|October 24, 2020||September 18, 2020||September 19, 2020 – October 2, 2020||TBD|
|October 25, 2020*||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|December 12, 2020||November 6, 2020||November 7, 2020 – November 20, 2020||TBD|
|February 6, 2021||January 8, 2021||January 9, 2021 – January 15, 2021||TBD|
|April 17, 2021||March 12, 2021||March 13, 2021 – March 26, 2021||TBD|
|June 12, 2021||May 7, 2021||May 8, 2021 – May 21, 2021||TBD|
|July 17, 2021*||June 18, 2021||June 19, 2021 – June 25, 2021||TBD|
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