Test Format

Test Format

The following table provides an in-depth breakdown of the ACT:

Section Number of Questions and Time Limit Content/Skills Covered Question Types
English 75 questions, 45 minutes Grammar and usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style Multiple choice, 4 options, usage/mechanics, and rhetorical skills questions
Math 60 questions, 60 minutes Pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry Multiple choice, 5 options
Reading 40 questions, 35 minutes Reading comprehension of what is directly stated or implied Multiple choice, 4 choices; referring and reasoning questions
Science 40 questions, 35 minutes Interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving Multiple choice, 4 choices; data representation, research summaries, and conflicting viewpoint questions
Writing (optional) 1 essay, 40 minutes Writing skills Essay Prompt

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