About the ACT®

The ACT® is a national college admissions examination. Results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US.

Each test section is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. Overall exam composite score is determined by the average of the individal subject area scores. The ACT includes an optional essay, known as the writing test. Students opting to take the writing test will recieve a writing test subscore and a combined English/ writing score. More information on the ACT and candidate scoring can be found at www.act.org.


  • 1.9 Million high school seniors took the ACT college readiness assessment in 2015.
  • This represents 59% of the class and is 19% more than 2011.
  • The national average dropped in 2016 from 21 to 20.8%.
Quick Facts
Subject Areas English, Mathmatics, Reading, Science, Writing (optional)
Total number of questions 215 multiple choice
Test time 2 hours, 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes if also taking writing)
Test Dates Administered on 6 dates annually in US, Puerto Rico and Canada
Test Fee $42.50 ($58.50 if also taking writing)
Maximum Composite Score 36
Average Composite Score 20.8 in 2016

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