What does the ACT measure and how is the test scored?

  •  The first section of the test is English. There are 75 questions, with a time limit of 45 minutes. The Raw Score, – that is the # correct out of 75 – is converted to a scaled score out of 36.
  •  The second section is Mathematics. There are 60 questions, with a time limit of 60 minutes. The Raw Score – # correct out of 60 – is converted to a scaled score out of 36.
  •  The third section is Reading. There are 40 questions, with a time limit of 35 minutes. The Raw Score – # correct out of 40 – is converted to a scaled score out of 36.
  •  The fourth section is Science. There are 40 questions, with a time limit of 35 minutes. The Raw Score – # correct out of 40 – is converted to a scaled score out of 36.
  •  The 4 scaled scores are added together and then divided by 4.  This is the final score. Maximum score on the ACT is 36. Any score over 30 is a great score!!
  •  The fifth section is the Essay.  It is optional, but most Colleges expect it. The time limit for the Essay is now 40 minutes.  (It was 30 minutes) So – the Essay is important for most colleges!!
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