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
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. Check out our downloadable PDF here: SAT & ACT Test Dates 2019-2020 To view ACT’s official release of 2019-2020 test dates, please reference this link.
|2019-2020 Test Dates||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline||Online Score Release|
|September 14, 2019||August 16, 2019||August 30, 2019||September 24, 2019|
|October 26, 2019||September 20, 2019||October 4, 2019||November 14, 2019|
|December 14, 2019||November 8, 2019||November 22, 2019||December 24, 2019|
|February 8, 2020||January 10, 2020||January 17, 2020||February 19, 2020|
|April 4, 2020||February 28, 2020||March 13, 2020||April 14, 2020|
|June 13, 2020||May 8, 2020||May 22, 2020||June 23, 2020|
|July 18, 2020||June 19, 2020||June 26, 2020||July 28, 2020|
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