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American College Testing

The ACT is administered by the ACT, Incorporated. The ACT is an entrance test used by most colleges and universities to make admission decisions. The ACT has a format of Multiple-Choice-Question (MCQ) and pencil-and-paper test. It is administered by ACT, Inc. USA. The ACT test has been developed to evaluate candidates' written, mathematical, verbal, and scientific skills.

In 2015, the ACT will begin to be offered as a computer-based test instead of a traditional paper-based test. Exam Syllabus, Total Marks, and Multiple Choice Format will not be affected by this change as only the exam-taking format changes.

Test Centres: The ACT exam is conducted at test centers in the following cities. Please note that there are multiple exam centers in these cities: Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Dehradun, Fatehpur, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kodiakanal, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Mussoorie, New Delhi, Noida, Pune, and Vadodara.

ACT Eligibility: Since the ACT is primarily for high school students, there are no specific eligibility criteria to appear in the ACT. Candidates/People of all ages and grade levels are eligible to take the ACT.

Why to take the ACT Tests?

The ACT is a standardized test that is required to be taken by students seeking admission to graduate schools located in the US and Canada. The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student's readiness for college and to provide colleges with a common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extra-curricular activities, admissions interviews, and standardized test scores with personal essays.

ACT - Highlights

ACT Fee:
Fee TypeDescriptionCost
Registration FeeThe basic fee for the ACT test$150 (without writing)
Registration Fee with WritingThe writing fee is $16.50$166.50 (with writing)
International FeesChargeable for Indian Students as you will be taking the test outside of US$51
Late FeeCharged if you register after the deadline but before the final late registration$35
Waitlist FeeCharged if you register after the late registration deadline$51
Change FeeCharged if you change the test date, test center, or test type$35

Question and Answers

Test Information Release (TIR) fee

Sends you the test questions and correct answers after the exam is complete so you can see what mistakes you made (optional)$20
ACT Exam Pattern

The ACT exam pattern is as follows- four sections, namely English, Maths, Reading and Science. There is an optional section called the Writing Section, which consists of a 30-40 minute writing prompt that will define an issue, as well as two perspectives on that issue. Students are not scored on this section.

Here is the ACT paper pattern -

English45 minutes


  • punctuation
  • grammar and usage
  • sentence structure

Rhetorical Skills

  • strategy
  • organization
  • style
75 Questions
Math60 minutes
  • Pre-algebra
  • Elementary algebra
  • Intermediate algebra
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Plane geometry
  • Trigonometry
60 multiple-choice questions
Reading35 minutesFour passages are given, each passage from different sections like social studies, natural science, fiction, and humanities40 questions
Science35 minutes
  • Data representation like graphs and tables
  • Research summaries
  • Conflicting viewpoints
40 questions
Optional writing test40 minutesOne writing prompt 
Total3 hours and 35 minutes (excluding breaks)4 sections (one optional)215 question
ACT Scoring

Each section of the ACT (English, Maths, Reading, and Science) is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. The overall score is the average of all four tests. Students taking the optional writing test will receive a writing score of 1 to 36 for that section. The score of writing does not affect the overall one.

Here are the average ACT scores by sections -


ACT Score Validity – The ACT total scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested.

ACT Results:

ACT test results are typically released within eight weeks of test administration and can be viewed online. If you took the ACT in writing, your writing scores will be posted online as soon as they are ready, which is usually two weeks after your normal scores are finished.

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What is AHA Overseas?

AHA Overseas is an organisation devoted to the field of Overseas Education and Career Consultancy. It is empowered by a state-of-the-art ed-tech platform - the COMPASS Course Finder - that helps you apply to universities around the world and study abroad. As one of the genuine overseas education consultants, we support you every step of the way, saving both time and money.

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What are the best countries to study abroad?

Top study abroad countries: Study in the UK | Study in the USA | Study in Canada | Study in Australia | Study in New Zealand | Study in Hungary

What are the top universities in the world to study abroad?

Top study abroad universities: Durham College | Lancaster University | University of Bristol | University of Leeds | University of Manchester | University of Birmingham | LaSalle College | New York Institute of Technology | Arizona State University | American University Washington D.C. | California State University (Los Angeles) | Vancouver Film School.

What are the best courses abroad?

Top courses abroad: Architecture | Business & Management | Chemistry | Computer Science | Design | Economics | Engineering | Journalism | Law | Mathematics | Medicine | Physics | Psychology | Public Administration | Statistics

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We do help students apply to all the major countries and courses mentioned above, and more.

Which study abroad exams should I prepare for?

Exams to study abroad: IELTS | TOEFL | PTE | DET | ACT | GRE | GMAT | SAT

What’s the study abroad application process?

Learn: How to apply | Letter of Recommendation (LOR) | Essay and Statement of Purpose (SOP) |

Let me know about the finances required for studying abroad.

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How to apply for a student visa?

Depends on your study abroad destination: Student Visa for the UK | Student Visa for Canada | Student Visa for the USA | Student Visa for Australia | Student Visa for New Zealand | Student Visa for Hungary

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