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The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admission decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc.

The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside high school GPA, high school classes, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. The emphasis placed on ACT scores within the college application process varies from school to school.

Overall, the higher the ACT and/or SAT score, the more options will be available for attending and paying for college.




The English section of the ACT provides test takers with sentences and passages they must edit to improve grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and rhetoric.

Test takers have 45 minutes to answer 75 multiple-choice questions.


The math section of the ACT typically covers pre-algebra, elementary algebra, and intermediate algebra; plane geometry and coordinate geometry; and some trigonometry questions.

Test takers have 60 minutes to answer 60 multiple-choice questions.


The reading section of the ACT provides students with four passages, each with 10 corresponding questions. The passages presented always cover the following topics: prose fiction, social studies, humanities, and natural sciences.

Test takers have 35 minutes to answer 40 multiple-choice questions.


The science section of the ACT determines how well a test taker can interpret information from tables, graphs, illustrations, and passages. There are three types of questions covered in the science section: interpreting charts and graphs, analyzing experiments, and evaluating opposing viewpoints.

Test takers have 35 minutes to answer 40 multiple-choice questions.

Writing (Optional)

The optional ACT writing section presents test takers with a prompt along with various perspectives that writers should evaluate and respond to after taking a position.

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