ACT Facts & FAQs

Review these ACT facts and FAQs to learn the most important information about the exam. To feel confident going into the test, you’ll want to know these key details!

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When Should I Register For the ACT?

The registration dates for the ACT are usually five weeks before the exam. It is recommended to take the ACT the spring semester of 11th grade because the exam covers material up to this time.

How Do I Register?

The easiest way to sign up for the ACT is on the ACT website.

How Much Does The ACT Cost?

It costs $46.00 to take the ACT. If you choose to include the Optional Essay, it will cost $64.00. Also, if you register for the ACT after the deadline, you will be charged an additional $29.50 late fee.

When Will I Receive My Test Scores?

You can view your score online in about two weeks from your test date on the ACT website. However, it will take approximately four to seven weeks for your high school counselor to receive your score by mail.

Can I Take The ACT More Than Once?

Yes! You can take the ACT as many times as you’d like.

When Should I Start Studying?

We recommend that you begin studying for the ACT by the summer before 11th grade. If this time frame has already passed, we suggest starting no later than the summer before 12th grade.

What Is the Format of the ACT?

This is the format of the ACT:

  • English. You will have 45 minutes to complete 75 questions. The reading difficulty is usually at the 9th-grade level.
  • Math. You will have 60 minutes to complete 60 questions. You can use a calculator for each question and they are all multiple choice.
  • Reading. You will have 35 minutes to complete 40 questions. It consists of four, lengthy passages. The passage complexity lies between a 10th to 11th-grade reading level.
  • Science. You will have 35 minutes to complete 40 questions. This section primarily tests your ability to interpret graphs, reason through hypotheses, and make logical assumptions rather than actual scientific concepts themselves.
  • Optional Essay. You will have 40 minutes to complete the essay prompt.

How Long is the ACT?

It takes 175 minutes to complete the ACT, not including breaks or the Optional Essay.

Are There Breaks During the ACT?

Yes. There is a 10-minute break between the Math and Reading Sections. If you’re completing the Optional Essay, you’ll have a 5-minute break between the Science Section and the Optional Essay.

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We hope these ACT facts and FAQs provide you the information you’re looking for. If you’re ready to begin your studies, explore our online ACT tutoring available from Jantzi Test Prep. When you work with one of our experienced tutors virtually, you’ll feel prepared and confident for the exam. Our team looks forward to helping you earn a fantastic score!

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