What is ACT? All About ACT Test – Registration and Date

What is ACT?

American College Testing (ACT) is a standardized test for high school achievement and admissions in the United States. The ACT is a college entrance exam that many colleges and universities in the United States use as part of the college admissions process.

The ACT assessment measures high school students’ general educational development and their capability to complete college-level work with the multiple choice tests covering four skill areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, Natural Science and Writing (optional) which measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. The main four tests are scored individually on a scale of 1-36, and a Composite score is provided which is the whole number average of the four scores.


ACT Tests Date September 2017 – June 2019 (National and International)


ACT Eligibility Criteria

According to the ACT eligibility criteria, the ACT test can be attempted by all candidates, irrespective of age and academic grade levels; students in grades 6, 7, 8 and 9, can also apply for ACT exam in addition to high school graduates.

However, aspirants need to meet the ACT eligibility criteria set by respective institutions/colleges that students are applying to. As ACT test score is accepted for college admission in the US, it is usually taken by high school graduates and those above the age of 13 years.

ACT Format

The ACT is composed of four multiple-choice sections – English, Mathematics, Reading, Natural Science and Writing which is optional essay section. Total testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes for the ACT without Writing and 3 hours and 35 minutes for the ACT with Writing. The breakdown of each section is as follows:

Section # of Questions & Time Limit Content/Skills Covered Question Types Score Range Average score College Readiness Benchmark
English 75 questions in 45 min. grammar & usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style four-choice, multiple-choice usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills questions  


20.6 18
Mathematics 60 questions in 60 min. pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry five-choice, multiple-choice questions  


21.0 22
Reading 40 questions in 35 min. reading comprehension of what is directly stated or implied four-choice, multiple-choice referring and reasoning questions  


21.4 21
Natural Science 40 questions in 35 min. interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem solving four-choice, multiple-choice data representation, research summaries, and conflicting viewpoints questions  


20.9 24
Optional Writing Test (not included in composite score) 1 essay in 40 min. writing skills essay prompt  


Composite (2 hours and 55 minutes) for the test without Writing and (3 hours and 35 minutes) for the test with Writing  




What ACT Score Do I Need to Get into College?

Your score goal will depend on which schools you want to apply to. Because the average scores for schools are vary.


ACT Fees and Services As @ June, 2018

All fees are nonrefundable unless otherwise noted.

ACT Without writing test (optional)

$46.00 The fees include reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges (if codes are provided when you register).

ACT with writing

$62.50 The additional $16.50 fee is for the writing test which is refundable on request if you are absent on test day or switch to ACT (no writing) before testing begins.

ACT Additional Registration Fees and Services

International Testing

$57.50 The Test for students outside of the U.S., Canada, or U.S. territories requires an additional fee

Score reports for 5th and 6th college choices

$13.00 The price is for each score report. Request online before the test date. Refundable on written request if you do not test.

Telephone re-registration

$15.00 To register by phone, you must have previously registered for a national test date or have already received a score report from State and District, Special, Arranged, or DANTES testing.

If you re-register by phone, you can print your admission ticket from the Web if you have a student Web account.

Late registration (US or Canada only)

$29.50 Registration or test date change made during the late period for a national test date. Only applicable to US or Canada.

Standby testing

$53.00 This fee is refundable if you are denied admission to the test center on test day or registration was cancelled due to no photo provided.

Test date change

$26.00 For different date only if absent or unable to test on the original date or if registration is cancelled for failure to meet ACT test security requirements. You must pay the basic registration fee for the new test date plus the test date change fee. If you request a date change after the regular deadline for the new date, you must also pay the late registration fee. Your basic registration fee for the original test date will be refunded.

Test center change (same test date)

$26.00 If you request for the change of test center but the same test date.

Viewing scores and score report online


Test Information Release (TIR)

$20.00 If you request a copy of your test questions and answers.


ACT Tests Date September 2017 – June 2019 (National and International)



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Nicholas Babatunde Lateef is a Blogger and Career Builder (Business and Educational Consultant). He is the Founder and CEO of MyEduGist. He has the passion to provide useful and quality update about Education, Examinations and Scholarships worldwide. You can also like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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