Frequently Asked Questions about the ACT:
How much does it cost to take the ACT?
The 2010-2011 basic registration fee for the ACT test with no writing portion is $33.00, which includes reports for you, your high school (if you authorize reporting), and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register).
The 2010-2011 fee for the ACT Plus Writing test is $48.00. This fee includes reports for you, your high school (if you authorize reporting), and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register). The $15.00 Writing Test fee is refundable, on written request if you are absent on test day or switch to the ACT (No Writing) before testing begins.
How long does the test take?
Just over 4 hours for the ACT without the Writing Test, including administration instructions and breaks. Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes, broken down as follows:
English: 45 minutes
Math: 60 minutes
Reading: 35 minutes
Science: 35 minutes
The ACT Writing Test adds 30 minutes to the testing time.
When are the test dates?
In the 50 United States, the ACT is administered on five national test dates: in October, December, February, April, and June. In selected states, the ACT is also offered in late September.
How do students benefit from taking the ACT?
The ACT is universally accepted for college admission.
The ACT is curriculum-based. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, mathematics, and science. Because the ACT tests are based on what is taught in the high school curriculum, students are generally more comfortable with the ACT than they are with traditional aptitude tests or tests with narrower content.
How often can students take the ACT?
Students may take the ACT as often as they wish but only once per national test date. Many students take the test twice, once as a junior and again as a senior.
Does it help to take the ACT more than once?
ACT research shows that of the students who took the ACT more than once:
55% increased their composite score on the retest
22% had no change in their composite score on the retest
23% decreased their composite score on the retest