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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

July 16 – 17, 2021

September 10 – 11, 2021

October 8 – 9, 2021

December 10 – 11, 2021

Registration Deadline

June 25, 2021

August 13, 2021

September 10, 2021

November 12, 2021