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ACT

Required For

Undergraduate courses in US colleges

Mode of taking test

Computer Based

Test Type

Admission Test

Official Website

https://www.act.org

About ACT

About Test

ACT consists of four main sections - English, Reading, Maths and Science. The ACT also includes an optional 40-minute Wr... Read More



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ACT Basics

Eligibility

Must have a valid passport.

General Facts

Date and Frequency
The ACT exam is held 6-7 times a year
Center and Admit Card
The ACT exam is offered multiple times throughout the year at 24 designated centers in India. Admit card must be downloaded and brought by the candidate on test date.
Result
Scores are normally processed and posted online within 2 business days after the test date. Your score report will also be delivered as a PDF through your student web account. You will be able to order additional score reports once the PDF score is delivered.
Score Reporting
You can send your Official Score Report to up to four programs that you select at the test center prior to the start of your ACT exam. It will be sent electronically or by mail, depending on the programs’ preferences.
Score Validity
5 Years
Time Duration
2 Hours 55 Minutes for MCQ section and 40 for the optional writing section
Score range for the test
1 - 36

Sections

Writing(Optional)

Questions

1

Duration

40 Minutes

Score

0 - 0

The ACT Writing section is optional and is designed to test your writing skills in which you have to write an essay in 40 minutes. The topic would be of general interest.

English

Questions

75

Duration

45 Minutes

Score

1 - 36

This section tests your grammar & usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style. The question types are four-choice, multiple-choice usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills questions.

Math

Questions

60

Duration

60 Minutes

Score

1 - 36

This section consists of pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry. Question types include five-choice and multiple-choice questions.

Science

Questions

40

Duration

35 Minutes

Score

1 - 36

The ACT Science section is designed to test your content and skill knowledge of interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem solving. There are multiple-choice data representation, research summaries, and conflicting viewpoints questions.

Reading

Questions

40

Duration

35 Minutes

Score

1 - 36

The ACT Reading section is designed to test your command reading comprehension of what is directly stated or implied. It consists of four-choice, multiple-choice referring and reasoning questions.

Fees (USD)

Registration Fees

150

Rescheduling Fees

32

Test Center Change Fees

30

Late Fee

32

Process

Students willing to appear for ACT exam can create an account and apply online from ACT website

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Step 1

Sign in to the ACT Website and create account

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Step 2

Fill up the personal information

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Step 3

Provide your college preferences

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Step 4

Upload a photograph as per the parameters mentioned

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Step 5

Make payment or use voucher if you have one

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Step 6

Submit application and take a print out of your admission ticket

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It is advisable to pick a test date at least two months ahead of the application deadlines of all the colleges and scholarship agencies you might want to apply to.
The scores of the exam are published on the official portal within 2–8 weeks after the test date. If you take ACT with writing, scores will be reported only after all of your scores are available, including writing, normally within 5–8 weeks after the test date.
No. But, one can retake the test as many times as they wish, and the scores from each test date are reported separately. Therefore, when your scores secured in the exam are sent to colleges, there will be an option for you to select only those scores that you performed best in.