ACT Test Sections: Updated Syllabus & Time Management

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ACT Test Sections

ACT full form is American College Testing. The ACT entrance examination is conducted by the universities in the USA for undergraduate admissions. The ACT examination follows an MCQ-based pattern and looks at the core areas: Math, English, Reading, Science, and Writing skills of the test takers. In fact, all first-world countries such as the USA, UK, and Canada accept ACT test sections. The duration of the examination is 2 hours and 55 minutes.  Keep reading to learn more about the ACT test sections.

Exam Name ACT
Conducted by ACT, Incorporated.
Exam Sections Math, English, Reading, Science, and Writing section
Duration of the exam 2 hours and 55 minutes

The 5 Main ACT Test Sections 

The ACT examination exam pattern consists of 5 main sections. That is, reading, mathematics, science, and English skills. A total of 215 questions were asked in the examination. The examination pattern is as follows:

Section No of Questions Question Type Duration
English 75 MCQs Tests grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and rhetorical skills 45 minutes
Reading 10 question each passage (4) Four passages (prose fiction, social studies, humanities, and natural sciences) 35 minutes
Math 60  MCQs Algebra I and II, geometry, and some trigonometry 60 minutes
Science 40 MCQs Science-based passages presented with graphs, charts, tables and research summaries 35 minutes
Writing (optional) 1 essay Essay 40 min

ACT Exam Syllabus for Each Section

The ACT exam syllabus for each section ( English, mathematics, science, reading, and writing) is provided below:

Section Question Type Weightage 
English Social Studies, Natural Sciences, Literary Narrative or Prose Fiction, Humanities  Usage/Mechanics ( 52-55%), Rhetorical Skills
Reading Data Representation (25-30%), Research Summaries (45-60%), Conflicting Viewpoints (15-20%) Key Ideas & Details (52–60%), Craft & Structure( 25–30%), and Integration of Knowledge & Ideas (13–23%.)
Math Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra, and Plane Geometry/Trigonometry Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra (57-60%), Plane Geometry/Trigonometry (12-15%)
Science Data Representation, Research Summaries, and Conflicting Viewpoints  Data Representation, Research Summaries, and Conflicting Viewpoints 

ACT Exam 2024 Syllabus Time Management

To ace the ACT exam it is important to understand the syllabus and manage the time. Hence, we have provided the number of questions and the exam duration taken for the ACT exam.

ACT Sections Number of Questions Duration
English Section 75 questions 45 minutes
Reading Section 40 questions 35 minutes
Mathematics Section 60 questions 60 minutes
Science Section 40 questions 35 minutes
Writing Test Section (Optional)  1 essay prompt 30 minutes
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1. What are the 5 sections of the ACT?

The 5 main sections of the ACT Examination are Reading, mathematics, English, and science sections. The 5th section is the writing section. However, it is an optional section. There are a total of 215 questions that candidates must answer. The duration of the exam is  2 hours and 55 minutes.

2. What are the 4 ACT subjects?

The 4 main ACT sections are as follows. Mathematics, English, Reading, and Science section. There is a 5th section as well. It is the writing section. However, the section is optional. The exam is conducted for a duration of 2 hours and 55 minutes. There are a total of 215 questions asked in the paper.

3. Is the ACT easier than SAT?

The ACT/SAT is easier or not depending on the student. Generally, the SAT is easier for students who have a stronghold in mathematics. ACT is easier for students whose strengths are science, and the reading section. 

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