The ACT Test

Use this page as a starting point for information on the ACT test - including registration, test prep, test day, ACT test overview, and understanding your scores.

Registration | Test Prep | Test Day | Test Overview | Your Score | Why Take the ACT

An April Assist From ACT  

The season for collegiate sports tournaments is on the way. We want to assist you in taking a shot at your dreams for the April ACT test. 

With registration, get access to a free event hosted by Kaplan + $9 off your Test Information Release (TIR) question and answer key. 

Not quite ready to register? Sign up for a reminder alert so you don't miss the deadline!
 

2023-2024 Test Dates (National)
Test Date
Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
October 28, 2023 September 22 October 6
December 9, 2023 November 3 November 17
February 10, 2024 January 5 January 22
April 13, 2024 March 8 March 24
June 8, 2024 May 3 May 19
July 13, 2024* June 7 June 21

Get a copy of your ACT Test questions and answers in September, April, and June! See www.act.org/the-act/tir for more information.

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date.

 

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 ability to make decisions to revise and edit short texts and essays in different genres.

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:

Your ability to read closely, reason logically about texts using evidence, and integrate information from multiple resources.

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.

Your ACT Score

Viewing, sending, and understanding your score.

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. 

Understanding Your Score

Learn what goes into your composite score, how to use it, and more!

Have questions? Visit our ACT Registration Information , call 319-337-1270, or complete a contact form for a specific concern.