ACT Test Format | The ACT is composed of five sections

ACT Test Format
Learn how the ACT Test is structured and familiarize yourself with the test format.

The ACT is composed of five sections:

  • Four multiple-choice sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science
  • One optional essay section: Writing

Total testing time is:

  • 2 hours and 55 minutes for the ACT without Writing
  • 3 hours and 35 minutes for the ACT with Writing

The breakdown of each section is as follows:

SectionNumber of Questions & Time LimitContent/Skills Covered Question Types
English75 questions in 45 min.Grammar & usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and styleFour-choice, multiple-choice usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills questions
Math60 questions in 60 min.Pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometryfive-choice, multiple-choice questions
Reading40 questions in 35 min.Reading comprehension of what is directly stated or impliedFour-choice, multiple-choice referring and reasoning questions
Science40 questions in 35 min.Interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem solvingFour-choice, multiple-choice data representation, research summaries, and conflicting viewpoints questions
Writing (Optional)01 essay in 40 min.Writing skillsEssay prompt
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