The ACT is America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.
How many questions are there and how long will the test take?
English: 75 questions - 45 minutes
Mathematics: 60 questions - 60 minutes
Reading: 40 questions - 35 minutes
Science: 40 questions - 35 minutes
Total: 215 questions
Writing: 1 prompt - 40 minutes
Testing begins after all examinees present by 8:00 a.m. are checked in and seated. A short break is scheduled after the first two tests. For students taking the ACT Plus Writing, a brief break is also scheduled before the Writing Test. Students taking the ACT (No Writing) in standard time rooms are normally dismissed at about 12:15 p.m.; students taking the ACT Plus Writing are normally dismissed at about 1:15 p.m. For more information about what to expect on test day, see test day procedures.
Test fee per test option
ACT (No Writing): $60.00 Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register).
ACT Plus Writing: $85.00 Includes report for you, your high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register). The 16.00 Writing Test fee is refundable, on written request, if you are absent on test day or switch to the ACT (No Writing) before testing begins.
Signing up online for the ACT is easier and costs the same as using the paper registration form.
ACT Test Dates
|Online Score Release*|
|February 12, 2022||January 7, 2022||January 21, 2022||February 25; April 7, 2022|
|April 2, 2022||February 25, 2022||March 11, 2022||April 12; June 23, 2022|
|June 11, 2022||May 6, 2022||May 20, 2022||June 21; August 5, 2022|
|July 16, 2022||June 17, 2022||June 24, 2022||July 26; September 9, 2022|
|September 10, 2022||August 5, 2022||August 19, 2022||September 20; October 4, 2022|
|October 22, 2022||September 26, 2022||September 30, 2022||November 1; November 15, 2022|
|December 10, 2022||November 4, 2022||November 18, 2022||December 20, 2022; January 3, 2023|