As you are practicing and preparing to take the ACT, it is important to know the duration of each section. The full test consists of four multiple-choice sections – in English, mathematics, reading, and science – with an optional writing section. In the chart below, you can find each test section and their corresponding number of questions and length.
|Test||Number of Questions||Minutes Per Test|
|Writing (optional)||1 essay||40|
Make sure you arrive at your designated testing center by 8:00am with a printed copy of your admission ticket, photo identification, pencil, watch, calculator, and snacks. You must arrive on time; late participants will NOT be admitted. The test will begin after all on-time examinees are checked in.
Following the 45-minute English section and the 60-minute math section, examinees will have a 10-minute break. In this time, you are permitted to eat or drink outside of the classroom, relax, and sharpen your pencils. After the break, you will have the 35-minute reading section and the 35-minute science section. If you are not taking the writing section, the test will conclude after science. If you are taking the writing section, you will have a 5-minute break before completing the 40-minute writing section.
Students taking the ACT (no writing) with standard time are normally dismissed around 12:35pm; students taking the ACT with writing are normally dismissed around 1:35pm.
Once you have submitted your registration to ACT, by any method, it cannot be cancelled. Occasionally, a test center must cancel a test administration due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances. When this occurs, the test will be rescheduled for a future date.