What is ACT ?

The American College Testing (ACT) exam is a standardized test that college and university admissions officers use to measure the academic achievements of current applicants.

How does the ACT work?

The ACT test comprises subject area achievement tests in four areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. ACT test score can range between 1 and 36 in each of the four mandatory testing areas.

There is an optional essay prompt with 40 minutes to compose your essay response. This score appears as a writing test subscore of between 2 and 12.

Duration of the test

It takes 3 hours and 35 minutes to complete the entire ACT.

What is the difference between SAT and ACT

  • SAT test is 3 hours long while the ACT test is 2 hours, 55 minutes long without the essay.
  • In both tests the Essay is optional. The essay is 50 minutes long in SAT whereas the ACT essay is 40 minutes long.
  • The SAT consists of 4 sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and Optional Essay. The ACT consists of 5 sections: English, Math, Reading, Science and Reasoning, and optional essay.
  • The SAT is scored from a scale of 400 to 1600. While the ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36
  • SAT is intended for more advanced readers and learners. The questions give you more time per question to understand and answer because they require more analysis.
    The ACT test questions are more straightforward, and therefore the student is expected to attempt them in a shorter time frame.

ACT Test format

The below table summarizes the ACT test format

Section Time Limit Number of Questions Summary
English 45 minutes 75 Questions Covers grammar, sentence structure and topics on punctuation and grammar rules. Test covers skills in organization, strategy and style.
Math 60 minutes 60 questions This section of the test covers essential and basic math skills that high school students have covered in junior years. Math topics – Algebra, coordinate and plane geometry, trigonometry, intermediate algebra.
Reading 35 minutes 40 questions This section consists of four reading comprehensions. This sections requires to use strategies to read thoroughly and identify important details and main ideas. It is also important to understand sequences of events and make comparisons.
Science 35 minutes 40 questions This sections evaluates skills in natural science and is focused on the student interprets data, analyses key information and problem solving skills.

What’s included in our ACT Prep Course?

  • We start with a diagnostic test to realize your strengths and note points of improvement.
  • Focus on teaching key concepts and fundamentals that the ACT test requires rather than just targeting on tips and tricks.
  • One-on-one tutoring for each topic in English, Maths, Science. The ACT Prep Course consisting of more than 60 hours – 40 hours of teaching & 20 hours of testing.
  • Practice 20-30 full-length ACT tests in a test simulated environment.
  • We will provide students with a wide array of resources to practice concepts, so no material needs to be brought by them.
  • We maintain up to 3 students or less per group so we can give individualized attention.

List of Colleges that require ACT scores

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Free ACT Diagnostic Test

View the free ACT test to understand the format of the exam. You can also drop into the institute to take free ACT diagnostic test. You can review the results with ACT professional tutors to understand how and what you need to do to improve your score.