ACT structure: four secondary school academic areas and one optional essay
ACT questions are related to the areas covered in secondary school. The test comprises four multiple choice sections and an optional essay.
The test is in English and comprises these four subjects:
- English – Writing test
- Reading test
- Science Reasoning
The tests are taken in the above-mentioned order.The final ACT score (Composite Score) takes the average score of all individual sections. ACT score refers to the composite score, and it is important to stress that the test report contains the scores of all individual sections (English, maths and reading).
How is the ACT scored?
This is a highly demanding test. The duration of each section is 30-35 minutes, with the exception of the maths test that lasts for around 60 minutes. The total number of points in the test is 144, i.e. 36 per section. Through proper and timely preparation, students can achieve notable results in the test.
The ACT is offered five times a year: in September, October, December, April, and June. Students can take the test multiple times until they achieve the desired score (superscoring).
How to register for the ACT?
It is important to prepare well before registering. Therefore, we advise you to collect all the necessary documents and information and then fill in the application. Feel free to reach the school coordinators should you require any information regarding registration.
As part of the ACT registration process, students are required to:
- submit a recent photo of themselves. Click here to find out more about format and size, system requirements, and photo upload deadlines.
- learn more about the process to request accommodations or English Learner (EL) supports.
- find the nearest ACT test centre.
- meet the technical requirements: Operating systems: Windows (KSP, 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).
- have a high school code. At International School Savremena, the school coordinators will provide you with the code.
- write an essay, which is an optional part of the ACT, after finding out whether the ACT with Writing is required for admission at their college of choice.
- submit parent email. This is an optional but important communication link between the student and ACT.
- check the calculator policy. To learn what calculators can be used during the test, see the Calculator Policy.