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The ACT Test for Students

The ACT is the leading US college admissions test measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college.
Registration Deadline
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Test Day
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Registration Deadline
Photo Due
Test Day
Scores First Available

Please be aware that registration for the September 8 test date and those after will not open until the end of July 2018.
 

Receive the latest news about the ACT, including registration reminders and other helpful information to prepare for college and career success.

Preparing for the Test

Hone your skills with in-depth preparation guides, tutorials, practice questions and more.

ACT Academy

Free online learning and test practice to help you get the best score possible on the ACT test, and well on your way to college and career success.

ACT Kaplan Online Prep Live

An interactive virtual classroom experience that delivers engaging online live instruction, at an accessible price.

ACT Online Prep

The only online program designed exclusively by ACT test development professionals, featuring real questions from previous tests.

The Official ACT Prep Guide

An ACT-authorized prep book, with three practice tests, each with an optional writing test, plus access to hundreds of additional questions online.

Free Study Guide (PDF)

Download a free preparation booklet with test information, complete practice tests with scoring keys, and a writing prompt.

Sample ACT Test Questions

Practice questions to give you a taste of what to expect on the ACT test.

Tips & Instructions for the ACT Test

Tips from ACT including test taking, multiple choice questions, calculator and writing tips.

Test Prep Reference Guide (PDF)

Choose the right test prep option for you. Starting with ACT Academy and then moving into the premiere test prep option that works best for your learning style.

The ACT Test Overview

The ACT® contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. ACT's writing test is optional and will not affect your composite score.

The ACT-English-45 Minutes-75 Questions

Measures:

Your understanding of English, production of writing and knowledge of language skills.

The ACT - Math - 60 Minutes - 60 Questions

Measures:

The mathematical skills you have typically acquired in courses up to the beginning of grade 12.

The ACT-Reading-35 Minutes-40 Questions

Measures:

Reading comprehension commonly encountered in first-year college curricula.

The ACT-Science-35 Minutes-40 Questions

Measures:

The interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning and problem-solving skills required in biology, chemistry, Earth/space sciences and physics.

The ACT-Writing-40 Minutes-1 Prompt

Measures:

The optional writing section measures writing skills taught in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.

Test Day Checklist

Keep calm and know what to expect on test day. Understand what is expected, acceptable, and prohibited.

Your Scores

View and Send Your Score

You can have your ACT scores sent to other colleges and scholarship agencies even after you test.

When is Your Score Ready?

Learn more about when scores are ready, some within two weeks. 

Related Solutions

PreACT

The new PreACT™ helps students practice for the ACT® test experience and empowers them with valuable data and insights.

ACT Profile

ACT Profile is a free, mobile resource to help you learn more about yourself and the college and career paths you want to explore.

ACT Engage

Engage identifies critical, yet overlooked attitudes and behaviors, at grades 6-9, 10-12, and college levels, that contribute to future success.

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