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The ACT test was developed by the American College Testing Program. The ACT exam has four sections: Reading, English, Mathematics and Science. A maximum score is a 36. The ACT test is used to screen college applicants.
The ACT test 2021 consists of four subject area tests:
Students opting for ACT 2018 with writing have to appear in the Essay test.
ACT Test Pattern 2018
According to the ACT 2017 test pattern, the total duration of the test is 2 hours 55 minutes. The ACT test 2018 includes 215 Objective Question multiple-choice questions (MCQ), and one essay (optional). Those appearing for the optional writing essay test have additional 40 minutes.
ACT 2018 Test Pattern
|Component||Number of Question/Tasks||Time Allotted (minutes)|
|ACT Mathematics||60 Question||60 minute|
|ACT Reading||40 Question||35 minute|
|ACT Science||40 Question||35 minute|
|ACT English||75 Question||45 minute|
|Writing (optional essay)||One writing prompt||40 minute|
|Total||215 (216 including the optional essay)||2 hours and 55 minutes (additional 40 minutes for the Essay)|
Subject tests evaluate a student’s strength in specific subjects. Those taking the ACT test 2018 with optional writing test will have to appear in an essay as well.
ACT Test Dates 2018
The ACT test 2018 is conducted on six national and five international test dates every year, with US states and districts having additional test dates.
Nationally, ACT 2018 exam is administered in the months of: February, April, June, September, October and December.
ACT Test Dates 2018 for US
|ACT Test Date||ACT Deadline||ACT Late Deadline||ACT Score Release*|
|Sept 8, 2018||Aug 3, 2018||Aug 17, 2018||Sept 18; Oct 2, 2018|
|Oct 27, 2018||Sept 21, 2018||Oct 5, 2018||Nov 6; Nov 20, 2018|
|Dec 8, 2018||Nov 2, 2018||Nov 16, 2018||Dec 18, 2018; Jan 1, 2019|
|Feb 9, 2019||Jan 4, 2019||Jan 18, 2019||Feb 19; Mar 5, 2019|
|Apr 13, 2019||Mar 8, 2019||Mar 22, 2019||Apr 23; May 7, 2019|
|June 8, 2019||May 3, 2019||May 17, 2019||June 18; July 2, 2019|
|July 13, 2019||June 14, 2019||June 21, 2019||July 23; Aug 6, 2019|
ACT Refers to online score release. The first date is when multiple choice scores come out, and the second one is when complete scores are available.