About the ACT® exam

The ACT® exam is a national college admissions examination. Results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US.

Each test section is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. Overall exam composite score is determined by the average of the individual subject area scores. The ACT® includes an optional essay, known as the writing test. Students opting to take the writing test will receive a writing test subscore and a combined English/ writing score. More information on the ACT and candidate scoring can be found at www.act.org. ACT® is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc.

Facts

  • 1.9 Million high school seniors took the ACT college readiness assessment in 2015.
  • This represents 59% of the class and is 19% more than 2011.
  • The national average dropped in 2016 from 21 to 20.8%.
Quick Facts
Subject Areas English, Mathmatics, Reading, Science, Writing (optional)
Total number of questions 215 multiple choice
Test time 2 hours, 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes if also taking writing)
Test Dates Administered on 6 dates annually in US, Puerto Rico and Canada
Test Fee $42.50 ($58.50 if also taking writing)
Maximum Composite Score 36
Average Composite Score 20.8 in 2016

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