ACT FORMAT AND TEST DATES

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

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

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.

HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR TARGET SCORE

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HOW TO GET A PERFECT SCORE ON THE ACT!

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FIVE TEST-TAKING SECRETS FOR THE ACT

So you’ve taken a class, or even had a private tutor help you prepare for your test. Is there anything else you can do? While private tutoring remains the most efficient way to improve your score… READ MORE