The ACT consist of four multiple choice test papers and an optional written test.
|Section||Number of questions and time limit||Content/Skills Covered||Question Types|
|English||75 questions in 45 min.||grammar & usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style||four-choice, multiple- choice usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills questions|
|Math||60 questions in 60 min.||pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry,and trigonometry||five-choice, multiple- choice questions|
|Reading||40 questions in 35 min.||reading comprehension of what is directly stated or implied||four-choice, multiple- choice referring and reasoning questions|
|Science||40 questions in 35 min.||interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem solving||four-choice, multiple- choice data representation, research summaries, and conflicting viewpoints questions|
|Writing (optional)||1 essay in 40 min.||writing skills||essay prompt|
This test measures the candidates written English ability and checks his/hers rhetorical ability. There are 75 questions asked in this section and 45 minutes are provided to complete the part. The test covers:
grammar and usage
The mathematics part of ACT is incorporated to check the candidate’s mathematical skills that the student has acquired over the time and till the beginning of grade 12. For this section you are required to have knowledge of basic formulas and computational skills to answer the problems, but you are not required to know complex formulas and perform extensive computation. The section has 60 questions which are to be completed in 60 minutes.
This part of the paper deals in reading comprehensions. This part of the paper has 40 questions which are to be completed in 35 minutes. The reading part will deal with questions which will deal with direct statements or with implied meanings. Either ways you are to:
determine main ideas
locate and interpret significant details
understand sequences of events
comprehend cause-effect relationships
determine the meaning of context-dependent words, phrases, and statements
analyze the author’s or narrator’s voice and method
This part of ACT which measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in natural sciences. This part of the paper has 40 questions which are to be completed in 35 minutes. The test presents several sets of scientific information, each followed by a number of multiple-choice test questions. The scientific information is conveyed in one of the three different formats:
data representation (graphs, tables, and other schematic forms)
research summaries (descriptions of several related experiments)
conflicting viewpoints (expressions of several related hypotheses or views that are inconsistent with one another)
Optional writing test
There is also an optional writing test in the paper which is designed to measure the writing skills of a student that he/she acquires in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses. The test consists of one writing prompt that will define an issue and describe two points of view on that issue. You are asked to respond to the question and explain your position on it. In doing so, you may adopt one or the other of the perspectives described in the prompt, or you may present a different point of view on the issue. Your score will not be affected by the point of view you take on the issue. The section is to be completed within 30 minutes.