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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