What is the ACT Exam?
The ACT® test is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college.
The ACT exam motivates students to perform to their best ability and often results in increased college enrollment, especially for underrepresented students.
Test scores reflect what students have learned throughout high school and provide colleges and universities with excellent information for recruiting, advising, placement, and retention.
To support college and career planning, the ACT career exploration component helps students identify personally relevant career options.
The ACT Test: Format, Timing & Question Types
The ACT is a college entrance exam that many colleges and universities in the United States use as part of the college admissions process. Looking for basic information about the ACT test format? We’ve got it!
The ACT is a standardized test that measures a student’s skills in five core areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing (optional). Students in grades 11 and 12 take the ACT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process.
The ACT is composed of four multiple-choice sections—English, Math, Reading, and Science—and one optional essay section—Writing. Total testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes for the ACT without Writing The breakdown of each section is as follows: