The ACT

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What is the ACT test?

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

English Mathematics Reading Science

The ACT with writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 40-minute writing test.

ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US.

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 with writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes if you are taking the ACT with writing).

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The ACT National Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada

  • Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
    September 12, 2015 August 7, 2015 August 8–21, 2015
    October 24, 2015 September 18, 2015 September 19–October 2, 2015
    December 12, 2015 November 6, 2015 November 7–20, 2015
    February 6, 2016* January 8, 2016 January 9–15, 2016
    April 9, 2016 March 4, 2016 March 5–18, 2016
    June 11, 2016** May 6, 2016 May 7–20, 2016

    *No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February test date.
    **See Non-Saturday testing for information related to this test date.