Upcoming ACT is scheduled on 17th, July 2021.  The ACT is a standardized test that assesses a student’s skills in five core areas: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing (optional). Students of all 4 years from 9th -12th grade take the ACT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process. Usually, 11th and 12th grade students take the ACT.

Exam Details


Table 1. ACT_Exam_Details

ACT English Includes

ACT English section is divided into two parts Usage and Mechanics The second is Rhetorical Skills. Usage and Mechanics require fine-tuned punctuation and grammar knowledge. Rhetorical Skills focus on your comprehension of the passage as a whole and your ability to maximize the passage’s organization and style.

Subsection 1: Distribution of questions in Usage/Mechanics

  • Punctuation (10-15%)
  • Grammar and usage (15-20%)
  • Sentence structure (20-25%)

Subsection 2: Distribution of questions in Rhetorical Skills

  • Organization (10-15%)
  • Strategy (15-20%)
  • Style (15-20%)

ACT Math Includes

The ACT Math section is categorized into several topics. The distribution of questions topic-wise are as follows:

  • Trigonometry (5-10%)
  • Coordinate Geometry (15-20%)
  • Elementary Algebra (15-20%)
  • Intermediate Algebra (15-20%)
  • Plane Geometry (20-25%)
  • Pre-Algebra (20-25%)

ACT Reading Includes

The ACT Reading section divides the content into three major content buckets: Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas.

Distribution of questions in Rhetorical Skills

  • Integration of Knowledge (13-18%)
  • Craft and Structure (25-30%)
  • Key Ideas and Details (55-60%)

Skills Tested on ACT Reading

  • Know main ideas
  • Find details within a passage and interpret them
  • Understand the sequence of events and flow of ideas
  • Interpret cause-effect relationships
  • Determine the synonyms, phrases, and statements in context
  • Draw generalizations
  • Make judgments
  • Study the author’s or narrator’s tone and purpose

ACT Science Includes

A wide range of science content, it tests your scientific skills more than your knowledge. As the ACT puts it, “the Science Test … measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.

The distribution of questions in the Science section:

  • Data Representation (30-40% of Questions)
  • Research Summaries (45-55% of Questions)
  • Conflicting Viewpoints (15-20% of Questions)

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