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The ACT is another standardized test used by colleges to make admissions decisions. The ACT is administered by ACT, a non-profit organization of the same name. The ACT tests students on material associated with the standard high school curriculum.

Key differences between the SAT and ACT include less time per question on the ACT, plus a science section on the ACT. Superscoring is now available for the ACT. All colleges and universities in the US accept both the SAT and the ACT. 

The ACT exam is offered nationally in September, October, December, February, April, June, and July. 


  • Test Length: 2 hours and 55 minutes
  • ACT:
    • English: 45 minute/75 questions
    • (2) Math: 60 minutes/60 questions
    • (3) Reading: 35 minutes/40 questions
    • (4) Science: 35 minutes/40 questions
    • Writing (optional): 1 essay/60 minutes
  • The optional ACT writing test is available to students for an extra cost.  It is scored separately and does not affect a student’s composite score.
  • Total score is between 1 and 36

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