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The ACT® contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. ACT's writing test is optional and will not affect your composite score
Section Number of Questions Time Allotted Score
English 75 questions 45 minutes 1-36
Mathematics 60 questions 60 minutes 1-36
Reading 40 questions 35 minutes 1-36
Science 40 questions 35 minutes 1-36
Writing (Optional) 1 prompt 40 minutes 1-36

Question Content

So, what is the ACT really and what kind of skills are required? The required skills vary according to section.

  • This section primarily tests grammar & usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style.
  • Some subjects reviewed in this section include pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry.
  • This section of the exam challenges reading comprehension based on question content. Just as with the other sections of the exam, you must deduce based on the information provided.
  • The science portion of the test challenges interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem solving.
  • The writing section tests just that: writing skills. It will test your ability to create and defend an argument in a clear and concise manner.

Registration Process

Registering for the exam can be done in two ways: online or via post. Of course, registering online is the most efficient manner. The only reason you should be registering by mail is if you are under the age of 13 or do not wish to pay by credit card.

Registration Fee

  • $42.50 per ACT non-writing test, $58.50 per ACT plus writing test
  • There is a late registration fee of $27.50 and there is a standby fee of $51.00
  • If you choose to change the date of your test or change the testing location
    (please visit ACT's website for specific details on when those changes are allowed) there is a fee of $25.00.
  • Testing fees are not collected in the office of TDS. Test-takers must pay their fees directly to ACT

National test dates

2017-2018 Test Dates (National)
Test DateRegistration Deadline(Late Fee Required)
September 9, 2017August 4, 2017August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017September 22, 2017September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017November 3, 2017November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018*January 12, 2018January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018March 9, 2018
March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018May 4, 2018May 5-18, 2018
July 14, 2018*June 15, 2018June 16-22, 2018
2018-2019 Test Dates (National)
Test Date
September 8, 2018  
October 27, 2018  
December 8, 2018  
February 9, 2019*  
April 13, 2019  
June 8, 2019  
July 13, 2019*   
To Make Changes

You can make changes to your registration through your ACT web account. The kinds of changes that can be made include:

  • Adding or removing the writing test
  • Changing your test date
  • Changing your test location
  • Updating your personal information
  • Adding or changing your college choices
  • Correcting high school code

How can I make changes to my registration?

See current ACT fees for details about additional fees.

If you decide you do not want to test, your basic registration fee and any additional service fees (e.g. late registration, test center change) are nonrefundable. Fees for optional services may be refundable.

Missed the Test

If you miss the test for any reason, including illness, injury, being denied admission at the test center for lack of ID, or late arrival, your options are listed below.

IMPORTANT: Once you break the seal on your test booklet, you cannot later request a test date change, even if you do not complete all your tests. You must register again and pay the full fee for your test option if you want to retest.

Request and pay for a test date change

Log in to your ACT web account and select "Make Changes to Your Registration" or call ACT Registration at 319.337.1270 by the regular deadline for the new test date. You will be charged the full fee for the new test date in addition to the test date change fee. If you call during the late registration period, you will also be a charged a late fee. In either case, your basic fee for the original test date will be refunded. (If you register for a new test date instead of making a test date change, your basic fee for the original test date will not be refunded.)

If you decide you do not want to test on another test date, your registration fee and any additional fees (such as late fee or test center change fee) are nonrefundable. If you do not test, no score reports will be sent.

Request a refund for optional services

If you do not test and do not make a test date change, the following fees for optional services are refundable if you ordered and paid for the services when you registered:

  • Score reports for 5th and 6th college codes
  • Test Information Release
  • ACT writing test

To request a refund of these optional services, write "REFUND" on your unused admission ticket and mail it to ACT Registration, email with "REFUND" in the subject line, or write a letter including your identifying information and the test date and test option for which you registered. Label your envelope "REFUND." Refunds will be issued about eight weeks after your scheduled test date and will be issued in the form of payment originally received (for example, a credit will be applied to your credit card).
Requests for refunds for the 2016–2017 testing year received after July 31, 2017, will not be considered.