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ACT Exam Overview

An Overview of the ACT Exam

What is the ACT?

The American College Testing (ACT) is a standardized test widely used in admissions to U.S universities.


The ACT comprises four compulsory sections: English, Math, Reading and Science. The ACT Essay is optional though some top universities consider it essential in your application. ACT Essay scores are reported separately from overall test scores.

What is on the ACT?

Each section on the ACT is scored out of 36. Your composite score is scored out of 36 and is an average of the four sections. The Essay is scored out of 12.

SECTIONNo. of QuestionsTotal Time (min)
Writing (Essay - Optional)140

When should I take the ACT?

We recommend that students start preparing for the ACT at least 3 months prior to the exam.
More information on how to register for the ACT can be found here.

Next ACT Date

September 13 – 14, 2019

October 11 – 12, 2019

December 13 – 14, 2019

Registration Deadline

August 23, 2019

September 20, 2019

November 22, 2019