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ACT 2020 Registration, Dates, Pattern and Syllabus
ACT or American College Testing is a standardised test conducted to check preparedness of high school students for college admissions in US. The exam was introduced in 1959 as a competitor of SAT. All major universities in US which offers undergraduate admissions accepts both ACT and SAT scores.
- ACT Test is conducted 8 times in a year for national cities and 6 times for international cities
- There is no upper age limit criteria for ACT. Anyone above 13 years of age can apply for the exam
- It has four sections – English, Math, Reading and Science with Writing as an optional section.
- Each section is awarded on a range of 1 to 36 and final score is an average of all four sections. Writing test score is given separately
ACT Test Dates
The test dates are different for National and International students. Students are advised to apply 1 month prior to the test dates. Internationally the exam is conducted 6 times in a year while it is held 8 times in US and US territories, Canada and Puerto Rico.
ACT National Dates
National test dates are for students belonging to US and US territories, Canada and Puerto Rico.
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|February 8, 2020||January 10, 2020||January 11-17, 2020|
|April 4, 2020||February 28, 2020||February 29-March 13, 2020|
|June 13, 2020||May 8, 2020||May 9-22, 2020|
|July 18, 2020||June 19, 2020||June 20-26, 2020|
|September 14, 2020||August 16, 2020||August 17-30, 2020|
|October 26, 2020||September 27, 2020||September 28-October 8, 2020|
|December 14, 2020||November 8, 2020||November 9-22, 2020|
ACT Test Dates in India
In India, ACT is conducted 6 times in a year. The test dates for current session are mentioned below:-
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Fee (If Required)|
|Feb 7-8, 2020||January 17||January 18-31, 2020|
|April 3-4, 2020||March 13||March 14-27, 2020|
|June 12-13, 2020||May 22||May 23-June 5, 2020|
|July 17-18, 2020||June 26||June 27-July 10, 2020|
|September 13-14, 2020||August 23||August 24-September|
|October 11-12, 2020||October 4||-|
June and September test dates are considered to be most feasible as students have summer breaks. Therefore they can prepare well for the exam.
- ACT Test can be attempted by any candidate irrespective of age and class
- Even students of grade 6, 7 and 8 can apply for the test
- The minimum age limit to apply for ACT is 13 years
ACT Exam: Registration
Students willing to appear for ACT exam will need the following in order to register successfully:
- About 40 minutes
- Computer with a good Internet connection
- Debit/ Credit card/ Net Banking etc.
Personal & Academic Requirements
- High School Course details
- Parent Email Address
- Photograph (Headshot) Check ACT Photo Requirements
- Operating Systems: Windows (XP, Vista, 7, or 8) Mac OS (10.5 or higher)
- Browsers: Internet Explorer (version 8 or higher), Chrome (version 18 or higher), Firefox (version 7 or higher), Safari (version 5 or higher)
ACT Exam Fees
February 2020 Session: The last date to apply online is January 17. Registrants are notified that all the fees are non-refundable unless otherwise noted.
Given below is the fee for ACT as per the paper type opted:
|Exam Type||Fee ($)||Details|
|ACT (no writing)||50.50||Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges (if codes are provided when you register).|
|ACT (with writing)||$67.00||Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges (if codes are provided when you register).|
|Test option Change||$16.50||The writing test fee is refundable on written request if you are absent on the test day or switch to ACT (no writing) before testing commences.|
ACT has release free 6 practice tests on the official website. One test can be attempted online other 5 are in pdf form.
- You can also purchase ACT review guide which contains live lectures, available at the official website
- Join ACT Academy- Students can also join ACT academy at ACT official website. It is free of cost
Difference between ACT and SAT
Students who wish to enroll in any of the colleges in the States must clear ACT or SAT exams. Both of these exams follows the same pa. They are nationally recognised standardized test, that measures students’ proficiency in various critical skills areas like problem-solving and reading comprehension – that are necessary for college success.
Despite all of these similarities, there are still many ways in which both the exams differ from each other. For one, the SAT is overall slightly longer than ACT. Additionally, the number of questions and time limits are different for corresponding sections.
Given below is the difference between the top most proficiency tests in the USA:
|Total Time||2 hrs 55 mins w/o Writing 3 hrs 35 mins with Writing||3 hrs w/o Essay 3 hrs 50 mins with Essay|
|Order of Sections||1. English 2. Math 3. Reading 4. Science 5. Writing (optional)||1. Reading 2. Writing and Language 3. Math No Calculator 4. Math Calculator 5. Essay (optional)|
|Time Per Section||English: 45 mins Math: 60 mins Reading: 35 mins Science: 35 mins Writing (optional): 40 mins||Reading: 65 mins Writing & Language: 35 mins Math No Calculator: 25 mins Math Calculator: 55 mins Essay (optional): 50 mins|
|No. of Questions||English: 75 questions Math: 60 questions Reading: 40 questions Science: 40 questions Writing (optional): 1 essay||Reading: 52 questions Writing and Language: 44 questions Math No Calculator: 20 questions Math Calculator: 38 questions Essay (optional): 1 essay|
|Scoring||Total score range: 1-36 Each section uses a scale of 1-36. Your total score is the average of your four section scores. The optional Writing section uses a scale of 2 -12 and does not count toward your final score.||Total score range: 400-1600 The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math sections each use a scale of 200-800 and are combined for a total score. The optional Essay uses three separate scales of 1 - 8 and does not count toward your final score.|
|Who Accepts Scores?||Accepted by all colleges and universities in the US||Accepted by all colleges and universities in the US|
What is a Good Score in ACT?
|Top Scores||Competitive Scores||Good Scores||Below Average Scores|
|English||29-36||24-28||20-23||19 or lower|
|Maths||28-36||24-27||20-23||19 or lower|
|Reading||30-36||25-29||21-28||20 or lower|
|Science||27-36||24-26||21-25||20 or lower|
ACT Exam Frequently Asked Questions
Ques. How many times is ACT exam conducted?
Ans. The exam is conducted 7 times in a year. Countries other than the US, it is conducted 5 times annually.
Ques. Is there any option to appear for the exam again?
Ans. Yes. Students can re-appear for the exam whenever they want to.
Ques. Is it important to create an ACT account? If yes, then why?
Ans. Yes. An ACT account will not only allow you to register online, but will also let you access a variety of ACT services like to view your scores and its report or make changes to your registration or request standby testing or order test preparation materials etc.
Ques. When is the right time to appear for ACT exam?
Ans. It is advisable to pick a test date at least two months ahead of the application deadlines of all the colleges and scholarship agencies you might want to apply to.
Ques. When and where are the scores of ACT reported?
Ans. The scores of the exam are published on the official portal within 2–8 weeks after the test date. If you take ACT with writing, scores will be reported only after all of your scores are available, including writing, normally within 5–8 weeks after the test date.
Ques. Whom should I contact if I have questions regarding ACT scores or registering for an ACT test?
Ans. In case you have a query about ACT exam, you can contact ACT Customer Care at 319 337 1270 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Central time) and an agent will assist you.
Ques. Is there a possibility to cancel the previous score(s) of ACT exam?
Ans. No. But, one can retake the test as many times as they wish, and the scores from each test date are reported separately. Therefore, when your scores secured in the exam are sent to colleges, there will be an option for you to select only those scores that you performed best in.
ACT Test Day Instructions
Test takers should go through test day instructions provided on the official website under “test day tab”
- Printed Copy of ticket
- 1 photo Id proof (Meeting ACT guidelines)
- Sharpened soft lead Number 2 pencils. No other writing instruments are allowed
- A watch without any alarm can be brought in test center premises
- For mathematics test you can bring a calculator (Read specifications for Calculator)
Items prohibited at the test center
- Tobacco in any form
- Electronic device except calculator
- Pen, Highlighters etc
- Textbooks, reading materials
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College