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American College Testing(ACT)

Updated: Jan 9, 2024

American College Testing also known as ACT is a standardized test taken by high school students to test their preparedness for college and to also take admission to universities in the United States of America as well as Canada. The exam can be taken during or after high school from within America as well as around the globe. International students i.e. students outside of America are advised to apply for the ACT through online portal only. ACT like the SAT is one of the most trusted ways of testing student’s aptitude knowledge since the year 1959. Many colleges and universities in America serve the test scores as a basis checkpoint for undergraduate admissions.

Eligibility Criteria

There is no particular eligibility criteria for American College Testing (ACT) exam, as the exam is designed for high school students to get admission to undergraduate programs in America. This exam test the student for preparedness for college and can be taken during or after high school.

Fee Structure

Registration Fee (with writing)The basic fee for ACT test with Writing$54.50
Registration Fee (without writing)The basic fee for ACT test without Writing
International FeeFor students registering outside of US$37
Late FeeIf registered after the deadline but before final late registration$24
Waitlist FeeIf registered after the late registration deadline$47
Change FeeIf test date, test center or test type is changed$23

Exam Pattern

  • All the questions are subjective type except the writing section.
  • There is no negative marking.
Section NameNo. of QuestionsTime Duration (in minutes)Marking Scheme
ENGLISH75451 - 36
SCIENCE40351 - 36
READING40351 - 36
WRITING (OPTIONAL)1 essay401 - 12
TOTAL:2163 hours 40 minutes

Exam Syllabus


5 passages with 75 sub MCQs designed to test Usage and Mechanics and Rhetorical Skills of a candidate.

Type of questions include:

  1. Punctuation
  2. Grammar Usage
  3. Sentence Structure
  4. Strategy based questions
  5. Organization skills
  6. Style


A calculator might be allowed for this section.

Questions can be based upon:

  1. Pre-Algebra
  2. Elementary Algebra
  3. Intermediate Algebra
  4. Coordinate Geometry
  5. Planar Geometry
  6. Trigonometry


Contains 7 passages with sub 40 MCQs.

Topics include:

  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Biology
  4. Earth Sciences

Question type may include:

  1. Data Representation 
  2. Research Summaries
  3. Conflicting Viewpoints


Contains 4 passages with sub 40 MCQs.

Topics include:

  1. Social science
  2. Humanities
  3. Natural Science
  4. Literary Fiction

Question type may be based upon:

  1. Central Idea
  2. Details
  3. Vocabulary
  4. Function
  5. Implied ideas


Designed to test the writing skills of the candidate which is then judged on four different areas representing ideas and analysis, development and support, organization and language use.  

Future prospects


As the ACT is designed for admission to undergraduate programs, the most important thing it provides is by saving time as it compensates for multiple exams required for admission. Students have the benefit of taking the exam again in order to improve their score or make up for their low score (if applicable) during high school. A student also gets the benefit of exploring their strong and weak points through this examination and can choose a suitable course for them accordingly. It also helps in getting good internships if you get into a major university through this exam. Good ACT score equals good internships.

Where to register for ACT?

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