ACT Test Description

The ACT test is a national college admission and placement examination. It is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States.

It consists of four multiple-choice tests:


There is also an optional Writing Test.


Number of Questions

Test Time

English pop out link icon

75 questions

45 minutes

Mathematics pop out link icon

60 questions

60 minutes

Reading pop out link icon

40 questions

35 minutes

Science pop out link icon

40 questions

35 minutes

Optional Writing Test pop out link icon

1 prompt

30 minutes

The ACT is offered four to six times a year, depending on the state, in the United States, in September, October, December, February, April and June.  

ACT National Test Dates pop out link icon

The test is also offered in other countries.

Candidates may choose to take the ACT ($34), or the ACT plus writing ($49.50).

Those with documented physical and learning disabilities can take the test with accommodations.

Check with the schools and programs to which you are applying to find out whether you need to take the ACT test.  If you are applying to community college, you may need to take the COMPASS Test.

Learn more at the ACT website pop out link icon .


Print Resources

Why take the ACT? pop out link icon

Preparing for the ACT pop out link icon

Preparación para el examen de ACT pop out link icon

ACT Online Registration Brochure pop out link icon

Using Your ACT Test Results pop out link icon

USO de tus resultados ACT pop out link icon