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ACT Exam Format

An Insight into the ACT Exam

What is tested on the ACT?

English, Reading & Writing

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English

Five total passages with questions on grammar, punctuation, standard English conventions and rhetorical skills. Students are tested on foundational grammatical conventions and rhetorical skills.

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Reading

A total of four passages, each testing ten questions. The passages are taken from four main discursive modes of writing: history, literature (narrative prose), natural science and the social sciences.

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Writing

One prompt with a time limit of 40 minutes. Students are required to take a stance on a broad social issue and write an argumentative essay taking into consideration up to three given perspectives.

Mathematics & Science

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Mathematics

There are 60 total questions, testing algebra, geometry, statistics, functions and trigonometry. A calculator is allowed throughout the test.

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Science

There are six total passages, asking questions on data representation, research summary and conflicting viewpoints. Most questions test visual data analysis.

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