American College Test 2018

International Level Exam

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About the Test

Study Level
Under Graduate
Conducting Authority
ACT Testing Board

The ACT is a national college admissions examination. ACT (No Writing) consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and a 30-minute Writing Test.
Test Pattern:
Test No of questions Time
English 75 Questions 45 minutes
Mathematics 60 questions 60 minutes
Reading 40 questions 35 minutes
Science 40 questions 35 minutes
Options Writing Test 1 Prompt 30 minutes

The ACT is administered on six test dates within the United States, U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada September, October, December, February, April, and June. In other locations, the ACT is administered on all of the above dates except September, and the ACT Plus Writing is not available on the February test date.
Standby Testing:
If the candidate miss the late deadline to register for a test date, or to request a test date or test centre change, he/she may choose to sign in to the ACT account to request and pay for standby testing.To be considered for admission to the test centre, one must bring their Standby Ticket for that centre and have his/her name on the Standby Roster at that test centre. If he/she brings a ticket for another test date or a different test centre, he/she is not admitted. In addition, paper registration folders aren't accepted at the test centre. Standby requests must be submitted during a limited “Standby Request Period” before the test date. Requests cannot be accepted after the last date.

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Test Format

240 Minutes

Duration of Test


Frequency per year

0 - 36

Score Range

5 years Years

Test Score Validity



People of all ages and grade levels are eligible to take the ACT. This includes students in grades 6, 7, 8, 9 and high school graduates.

Application Fees

Test fee per test option
ACT (No Writing)$39.50
Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register).
ACT with writing$56.50
Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register). The $17.00 writing test fee is refundable, on written request, if you are absent on test day or switch to the ACT (No Writing) before testing begins.
Additional registration fees and services
Add to the test fee for your test option (except for the Test Center Change)
Score reports for 5th and 6th college choicesadd $12.00 each
Requested online before the test date; refundable on written request, if you do not test. Find out how much it costs to send your scores after you test.
Telephone re-registrationadd $15.00
Late registration fee (U.S. or Canada only)add $25.00
For registration or test date change submitted during the late period for a national test date.
Standby testingadd $49.00
Refunded if you are denied admission to the test center on test day, or if your registration was cancelled due to no photo provided.
International testing (required outside the U.S. or Canada)add $40.00
Test date change add $24.00
For different date only if absent or unable to test on the original test date or if your registration is cancelled for failure to meet ACT's test security requirements. You will be charged the basic registration fee for the new test date plus the test date change fee. If you request a test date change after the regular deadline for the new date, you will also be charged the late registration fee. Your basic registration fee for the original test date will be refunded.
Test center change$24.00
For the same test date.
Viewing scores and score report onlineFREE  
Test Information Release (TIR) serviceadd $20.00
On December, April, and June national test dates at a national test center; refundable if not 


Application Process

Online registration is the fastest method. You will know immediately if your preferred test center has space for you to test, and you also can print your admission ticket from the website. How you sign up depends on where and how you plan to test: please see below for how to register.
Reminder: You need to register by mail only if you are younger than 13 or cannot pay by credit card.
  • If you plan to test at a national or international test center, sign up online by creating or logging in to your ACT Web account
  • If you are requesting extended time or other accommodations for the first time, sign up online by creating or logging in to your ACT Web account or register by mail in addition to completing the application request and submitting required documentation.
  • If you missed the late registration deadline, you can request standby testing online.
  • If you are homebound or confined, cannot find a test center within 75 miles of your home (U.S. and Canada) or in your country (other locations), or you need a Sabbath/Sunday test center and one is not established within 75 miles of your home (or in your country if outside the U.S. or Canada), on all test dates, check the requirements for Arranged Testing


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Deadlines for Applications

Select the academic year of your choice to see the deadlines    
March 9 , 2018
Registration deadline For ACT For The Month April
April 6 , 2018
Standby Deadline For ACT For The Month April
April 6 , 2018
Photo Upload Deadline For ACT For The Month April
April 14 , 2018
Test date For ACT For The Month April
April 24 , 2018
Scores First Available For ACT For The Month April
May 4 , 2018
Registration deadline For ACT For The Month June
August 5 , 2018 *
Registration deadline for ACT Online September
September 16 , 2018 *
Registration deadline for ACT Online October
November 8 , 2018 *
Registration deadline for ACT Online December
* Tentative dates. Actual dates will be updated soon.

Are you prepared enough to crack the exam?


Time required for preparation

3 months / 6 months

Books for preparation

Book Name Author
Kaplan ACT Premier Kaplan
Cracking the ACT Princeton Review
1296 ACT Practice Questions Princeton Review
The Real ACT Act, Inc.
McGraw-Hills ACT Steven W. Dulan

Preparation Tips

Test Preparation:

  • ACT Online Prep. The only test preparation program designed exclusively by ACT test development professionals is now available online at
  • The Real ACT Prep Guide. The official prep book from the makers of the ACT. One can buy the same at
  • Practice Questions. Review the practice questions to help familiarise oneself with the ACT test at can find five sets of questions available for English and Mathematics; four sets are available for Reading; and seven are available for Science
  • Preparing for the ACT. A free student preparation booklet available from most high schools and colleges—includes test information, complete practice tests with scoring keys, and a writing prompt with sample essays.Please find the same at

Sample Papers

Full Length Test Papers

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