The ACT Test



(College Board)

Method of Scoring

Scores based on number of right answers.

No penalty for incorrect answers.

Scores based on number of right answers.
No penalty for incorrect answers.
Test Score Scales

 ACT Composite Score: 1-36


-Average of four test scores

-Does not incude writing


ACT Mathematics Test: 1-36


ACT Reading Test: 1-36


ACT English Test: 1-36


ACT Science Test: 1-36


ACT Writing Test (optional): 2-12


Additional Scores and Indicators


(New readiness scores and indicators give students, parents, and educators more detailed insights to better plan for future success.)


-STEM Score: 1-36

-ELA Score: 1-36

-Progress Toward Career Readiness Indicator

-Text Complexity Progress Indicator

SAT Composite Score: 400-1600

-Sum of two section scores

-Does not include essay


SAT Mathematics: 200-800


SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 200-800


No Science Test


SAT Essay (optional): 2-8

Common Uses


-Talent Identification

-Academic Advising

-Freshman Course Placement Decisions

-Awarding Course Credit, Especially in English and Math courses

-Awarding Scholarships (not sole criterion)


-Talent Identification

-Academic Advising

-Awarding Scholarships (not sole criterion)

Test Delivery Method
Computer-Based Test
Paper-Based Test
Testing Opportunities Per Year
Days to Receive Multiple-Choice Test Scores
Test Fee


$166.50 (with writing)

Pricing subject to change

$88.50 – $100.50

$105.50 – $117.50 (with writing)

Depending on location



The ACT Test



(College Board)

Test Purpose

Designed to measure academic achievement in:




-Writing (Optional)


Designed to measure.



-Writing and Language

-The SAT Essay (Optional)

Accepted for University Admission
The ACT is accepted by all colleges and universities in the United States and more than 200 other universities around the world.
Accepted by all US universities. 
Test Content

ACT Mathematics Test (60 items, 60 minutes)

Multiple-Choice 100%

Preparing for Higher Math

-Number & Quantity




-Statistics & Probability


Integrating Essential Skills



ACT Reading Test (40 items, 35 minutes)

Multiple-Choice 100%

-Key Ideas and Details

-Craft and Structure

-Integration of Knowledge and Ideas


ACT English Test (75 items, 45 minutes)


Multiple-Choice 100%


Production of Writing

-Topic Development

-Organization, Unity, and Cohesion


Knowledge of Language


Conventions of Standard English


-Sentence Structure and Formation




ACT Science Test (40 items, 35 minutes)

Multiple-Choice 100%


-Interpretation of Data

-Scientific Investigation

-Evaluation of Models, Inferences, and Experimental Results


Passage Formats on the Science Test:


-Data Representation 

-Research Summaries

-Conflicting Viewpoints


ACT Writing Test (optional) (1 prompt, 40 minutes)


Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level university composition courses. Consists of one 40-minute essay.

SAT Mathematics (Total 58 items, 80 minutes)


Calculator Portion (38 items, 55 minutes)

Multiple-Choice 79%, Grid-In 21%


-Heart of Algebra

-Problem Solving and Data Analysis

-Passport to Advanced Math

-Other Topics


No-Calculator Portion (20 items with 25 minutes)

Multiple-Choice 75%, Grid-In 25%


-Heart of Algebra

-Passport to Advanced Math

-Other Topics


SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing


Reading Test (52 items, 65 minutes)

-US and World Literature

-History/Social Studies



Writing and Language Test (44 items, 35 minutes)


-History/Social Studies




No Science Test


Note: Reading subject test is constructed of 40% science and the Writing and Language subject test is constructed of 25% science.


SAT Essay (optional) (1 task, 50 minutes)

Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text.