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

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

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