The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in four areas:

  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science

When registering, students want to be sure to sign up for The ACT Plus Writing, which includes a 30-minute essay section and is required by most colleges and universities.

ACT results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).

The ACT is administered on six test dates within the United States, U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada—September, October, December, February, April, and June. In other locations, the ACT is administered on all of the above dates except September.

Score reports can be sent to up to four college choices, if you list valid codes when you register. It is a good idea to speak to your college counselor or another advisor about when it might be best for you to send your scores. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan directly.

The ACT tests are prepared according to the:

  • Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, & National Council on Measurement in Education (1999).
  • Code of Professional Responsibilities in Educational Measurement, National Council on Measurement in Education (1995).
  • Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education, Joint Committee on Testing Practices (2004).