What is the ACT®?

First introduced in 1959, the ACT is now as widely accepted by U.S. Universities as the more well-known SAT. With SAT tests in the UK being booked up months in advance and with the new 2016 SAT changes, an increasing number of students applying to U.S. Universities are opting for the ACT rather than the SAT.

What the ACT measures

The ACT® college readiness assessment is a curriculum and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. The test uses the same score scale as ACT Explore and ACT Plan, making the system an effective tool to monitor academic progress and student growth.

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English 75 Questions


45 Minutes


Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills.


Mathematics 60 Questions


60 Minutes


Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.


Reading 40 Questions


35 Minutes


Measures reading comprehension




40 Questions 35 Minutes Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning and problem-solving skills required in natural sciences.


Optional Writing Test


1 Prompt


30 Minutes


Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.