College Board ACT Test

Significance of ACT in Your Career

A student's academic readiness to pursue a college education is tested in the college board ACT test. A person who joins a good college or university will have a good professional career in life. To help students get a good career, the college board ACT test is administered. For those who do not have a career goal, a college education will give a direction for their career.

What Is ACT?

ACT is the short form of American College Testing. This is a standardized test a student has to take up to join a college or university. More than 1.6 million students have taken up the test in 2011. Every year the number of students taking up the test increases.

When Is the ACT administered?

The college board ACT test is administered 6 times in a year in the months of September, October, December, February, April and June. The test dates are given well in advance to help students plan and schedule their test date.

What Are the Sections and Question Types in ACT?

There are four compulsory and one optional section in the college board ACT test. The compulsory sections are Math, Science, English and Reading. All the questions in the compulsory sections are in the multiple-choice questions format. The optional section is the Writing section.


The duration of this section is 45 minutes. Number of questions is 75. The two attributes that are tested are the usage and mechanics skills and rhetorical skills. Under usage and mechanics skills, the usage of commas, apostrophes, colons and fragments are tested. Under the rhetorical testing, the clarity, sentence organization and strategy are tested.


The duration of this section is 35 minutes. Number of questions is 40. Four passages are given for reading comprehension and questions are asked at the end of each passage. Passages are from prose fiction, social science, humanities and natural science.


The Duration of this section is 60 minutes and the number of questions is also 60. For this section alone the number of answer choices is 5. Calculators can be used. The number of questions for each of the topics covered in the math section is given below


No. of Questions



Elementary Algebra


Intermediate Algebra


Plane Geometry


Co-ordinate Geometry


Elementary Trigonometry



The duration of this section is 35 minutes. The number of questions is 40. Passages are given and questions are asked at the end of each passage. Data representation, research summary and conflicting viewpoints are the types of passages that are given. 3 passages with 5 questions each are given under the data representation type passage, 3 passages and 6 questions each for research summary and 1 passage with 6 questions for the conflicting viewpoint type of passages are given.


This duration of this optional section is 30 minutes. A topic will be given and an essay has to be written on the given topic.

How Is the ACT Test Scored?

The scores are given for the individual sections and a composite score for the 4 compulsory sections are also given.

Each of the 4 compulsory sections is scored in the range of 1 to 36. The composite score is the average of these scores and is also given in the range of 1 to 36. Initially a raw score is given and then the raw score is converted to a scaled score. For the Writing section, two readers score the essay on a range from 1 to 6 and the final score is given as a sum of the two individual scores. The final score is in the range of 2 to 12.

What Is the Fee for the ACT Test?

$34 is the fee for the college board ACT test if you take up the test without the Writing section. If you take up the writing section as well, then it is $49.50.

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