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The ACT test is made up of four individual tests, each of which is designed to measure academic achievement in a major area: English, mathematics, reading, and natural sciences.

  • The test is about three hours long.
  • There will be a short break between the second and third subtests.
  • The test consists of a total 215 scored questions.
  • The test is comprised of four subject tests:
English      45 minutes, 75 questions
Math      60 minutes, 60 questions
Reading      35 minutes, 40 questions
Science Reasoning      35 minutes, 40 questions

The following chart gives you a rough idea about the structure of the ACT Assessment:

English Test
45 minutes, 75 questions
ContentProportion
of Test
# of
Question
Punctuation.1310
Basic Grammar and Usage.1612
Sentence Structure.2418
Strategy.1612
Organization.1511
Style.1612
Total1.0075

Math Test
60 minutes, 60 questions
ContentProportion
of Test
# of
Question
Pre-Algebra.2314
Elementary Algebra.1710
Intermediate Algebra.159
Coordinate Geometry.159
Plane Geometry.2314
Trigonometry.074
Total1.0060

Reading Test
35 minutes, 40 questions
ContentProportion
of Test
# of
Question
Pose Fiction.2510
Humanities.2510
Social Studies.2510
Natural Science.2510
Total1.0040

Science Reasoning Test
35 minutes, 40 questions
FormatProportion
of Test
# of
Question
Data Representation.3815
Research Summaries.4518
Conflicting Viewpoints.177
Total1.0040
Note: Contents of Science Reasoning Test include: Biology, Earth/Space Science, Chemistry, and Physics

The questions in every subject test vary widely in difficulty. Remember that the questions are not arranged in order of difficulty. This is different from some other tests, such as the SAT, in which easier question come first. So, if you are stumped after the first few questions, don't even think of skipping the rest. You may often find later questions easier to answer then the earlier ones. Skipping past hard question is very important, since otherwise you may never reach easy ones toward the end of the test.

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