ACT Exam- Check Yearly Exam Calendar

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Every student who has passed class 12th with impressive grades aspires to get enrolled in one of the top universities abroad which can further hone their skills in their respective career. And it becomes equally important to know that getting admission to colleges in the United States and Canada is a cumbersome task and takes utmost effort for a student to set their feet despite repeated tries. However, with the advancement in the educational system, the introduction to new examinations have helped students achieve their dreams by getting into their dream universities. One such examination is American College Testing, also known as the ACT exam

ACT Exam Highlights

Name of the ExamACT (American College Testing)
Conducting Body ACT, Inc.
Exam LevelInternational
Exam ModeComputer-Based Mode
Duration2 Hours 55 Minutes (+ 40 Minutes essay is optional)
SectionsEnglish, Reading, Maths, Science (Writing section is optional)
Negative MarkingNA
Total Questions215 questions + 1 essay (Optional)
FeesWith Writing Section: $ 85 (INR 4,450)Without Writing Section: $ 60 (INR 6,300)
ValidityNo expiration

Understanding the ACT Exam

ACT is considered a standardized test required to be taken by students who are looking forward to enrolling in various undergraduate schools in the US and Canada. It has been primarily developed to check and evaluate the written, verbal, mathematical as well as scientific skills of the students. Possessing these abilities allows students to easily grab a seat in their preferred universities. Not to forget, the ACT exam is accepted by almost all the 4-year colleges and universities in the US and more than 225 universities outside of the country.

Here are some of the latest changes with respect to ACT exam-

  • It is conducted 6 times a year in the months of February, April, June, July, September, October and December
  • Unlike the SAT exam, the ACT exam is available only in Computer-Based format
  • It has 4 sections on Mathematics, English, Reading and Science along with an optional section on writing.
  • Applicants above the age of 13 can appear for the test. 
  • Your score for the ACT exam will be calculated on a range of 1 to 36 without including the optional section of writing. 

ACT Exam Dates 2022 -2023

Test Dates Regular Registration Date Late Registration Deadline Standby Deadline
Late Fee Applies
10 Sept, 2022 5 Aug 19 Aug 2 Sept
22 Oct, 2022 16 Sept 30 Sept 14 Oct
10 Dec, 2022 4 Nov 15 Nov 2 Dec
11 Feb, 2023 6 Jan 20 Jan 3 Feb
15 Apr, 2023 10 Mar 24 Mar 7 Apr
10 June, 2023 5 May 19 May 2 June
15 Jul, 2023 16 June 23 June 7 Jul

ACT Exam Pattern 2023

The ACT exam in India includes 4 sections: Reading, Science, Mathematics and English. In addition, there is a Writing section wherein the students have to write an essay in an allotted time of 40 minutes. Every section is scored on 1 to 36 points and your scoring in the writing part won’t affect the overall composite score.

Subject in ACT ExamSub-SectionsNumber of QuestionsDuration
MathematicsA. Pre-algebra
B. Elementary Algebra
C. Intermediate Algebra
D. Coordinate Geometry
E. Plane Geometry
F. Trigonometry
60 MCQs
60 minutes
ReadingA.Social Studies
B. Natural Science
C. Fiction and Humanities
40 (4 passages)35 minutes
ScienceA. Data Representation (Graphs and Tables)
B. Research Summaries
C. Conflicting Viewpoints
4035 minutes
EnglishUsage or Mechanics
A. Punctuation
B. Grammar and Usage
C. Sentence Structure
Rhetorical Skills
A. Strategy
B. Organization Style
75 45 minutes
Optional Writing Test1 Writing Prompt
40 minutes
Total4 Sections (1 optional)  2153 hours and 35 minutes (without breaks) 

ACT Exam Syllabus 2023

Here is a detailed syllabus for the ACT Exam:

Section Type of QuestionsTopics Covered
English  Multiple Essays or PassagesSentence Structure and Formation, Punctuation, English usage. 
MathematicsGraph, Charts, Formula Based etc. Algebra, Number and Quantity, Functions, Geometry, Statistics and Probability etc. 
Reading Long Passage or Short Prose Inferences and Conclusions, Logical Reasoning, Interpretation etc. 
Science Tables and graphs, diagrams, Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Scientific phenomena questions Biology, Chemistry, Earth/ Space Sciences(e.g Geology, Astronomy, and Meteorology and Physics
Writing Essay Writing 

ACT Exam Scholarships

ScholarshipsACT Score RequiredAmount Granted
Lloyd M. Fujie Scholarship for Accounting Major Students21$2,500 [INR 1,90,000]
Deana’s Wish Memorial Scholarship24$2,000 [INR 1,50,000]
MSLP Governor’s Best and Brightest Scholarship20N/A 
Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program23$4,000 [INR 2,70,000]
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship21$30,000 [INR 22,26,000]
CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program21$18,000 [INR 13,35,000]
Matt Logies Memorial Scholarship24$5,000 [INR 3,71,000]
Pacific Gas and Electric Company Asian ERG Scholarship25$2,000 [INR 1,48,000]

ACT Exam: Things to Remember

  • It is important to mention here that your ACT test scoring is valid for the next 5 years after the actual testing year you appeared in. 
  • It is recommended for you to register for the examination 3 months before you choose the date of appearing for the exam.
  • If you stick to your early registration, you will have the time to prepare for the examination accordingly. 
  • Check your syllabus thoroughly. 
  • Do a lot of self-study. 
  • Solve previous years’ question papers to develop a holistic understanding.

ACT Exam: Preparation Tips

The following are the recommended tips to prepare for the ACT exam:

  • Understand the exam pattern and learn about the syllabus
  • Prepare a schedule and stick to it
  • Practice a lot of mock tests and sample prepares
  • Time yourself while taking the practice tests


What is an ACT exam?

ACT is also known as American College Testing and is considered a standardized test required to be taken by students who are looking forward to enrolling in various undergraduate schools in the US and Canada.

Who conducts ACT exam?

The ACT exam is conducted by ACT, Inc.

What is the duration of ACT exam?

The ACT exam is a 2 Hours 55 Minutes long test plus 40 Minutes essay is optional.

It is important to prove your mettle and set your feet in a globally prestigious undergraduate institution in the US and Canada. With enough exposure and amiable study environment in universities abroad, you will grow unstoppable and achieve a milestone. Still, having apprehensions regarding the ACT exam? Don’t worry, our team at Leverage Edu is a one-stop solution to your queries. Book your 30 minutes free counselling session with us now!

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