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 2021-2022 season. Check out our 2020-2021 downloadable flyer here: Official ACT Test Dates. 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.

2021-2022 Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Online Score Release
September 11, 2021 August 6, 2021 August 20, 2021 TBD
October 23, 2021 September 17, 2021 October 1, 2021 TBD
December 11, 2021 November 5, 2021 November 19, 2021 TBD
February 12, 2022 January 7, 2022 January 21, 2022 TBD
April 2, 2022 February 25, 2022 March 11, 2022 TBD
June 11, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 20, 2022 TBD
July 16, 2022 June 17, 2022 June 24, 2022 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

Though it’s tempting to simply say you want to score “as high as possible” on your college admissions exam, a target score will help you determine how much of your limited time and energy you devote to test preparations. So how should you determine you target score? There are several factors to consider… READ MORE

HOW TO GET A PERFECT SCORE ON THE ACT!

Over one million students take the ACT every year. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of these students earn a perfect score on the exam. So how can you score a 36 on the ACT? It’s not impossible to get a perfect score, but it does require hard work… READ MORE

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