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ACT (American College Testing)


ACT (American College Testing)

Just Like the SAT, the ACT is a nationally administered, standardized test that helps colleges evaluate candidates. It contains four multiple-choice tests: English, mathematics, reading and science. It also contains an optional writing test. Some universities condition enrolling to the writing test. Therefore, the applicant must pay attention to the university’s requirements. Without the optional Writing Test, the ACT exam lasts 2 hours and 55 minutes—or 3 hours and 35 minutes with the Writing Test

Section Questions Duration what does it measure? Question Type
English 75 questions 45 minutes Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills. Sentence Structure and Formation
Organization, Unity, and Cohesion
Topic Development
Knowledge of Language
Mathematics 60 questions 60 minutes Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12. Essential Skills
Number and Quantity
Statistics and Probability
Reading 40 questions 35 minutes Measures reading comprehension. Global
Writer’s View
Science 40 questions 35 minutes Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences. you’ll be given passages containing various kinds of scientific information drawn from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, and meteorology, which you’ll have to understand and use as a basis for inferences.                              Interpretation of Data
Scientific Investigation
Evaluation of Models, Inferences, and Experimental Results
Optional Writing Test 1 prompt 40 minutes Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses. You write in response to a question about your position on an issue


SAT and ACT are kind of the same. This table can summarize the difference

Why Take It Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships. Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.
Test Structure Reading English
Writing & Language Math
Math Reading
Essay (Optional) Science Reasoning
  Essay (Optional)
Length 3 hours (without essay) 2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)
3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay) 3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)
Reading 5 reading passages 4 reading passages
Science None 1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)
Math   Covers:   Covers:
Arithmetic Arithmetic
Algebra I & II Algebra I & II
Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis Geometry and Trigonometry
Calculator Policy Some math questions don’t allow you to use a calculator. You can use a calculator on all math questions.
Essays Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text. Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyse complex issues.
How It’s Scored Scored on a scale of 400–1600 Scored on a scale of 1–36
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