ACT English is the first section on the ACT. It has variety of short passages, approximately 4 to 5 paragraphs long. Within these paragraphs, sentences are underlined and numbered corresponding to the questions. You read the sentences and evaluate them based on the conventions of standard written English, everything from usage and mechanics (grammar, punctuation, and structure) to rhetorical skills (strategy, organization, and style).
When the question reads "Choose the best answer", three of the answer choices provide variations of the underlined portion. The first answer choice of the four options provided for each these questions is always "No Change". It means that the sentence is correct as written.
You have 45 minutes to read five passages, or essays, and answer 75 multiple-choice questions about them - an average of 15 questions per essay.
ACT Mathematics Test contains 60 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes. The ACT Math Test is always the second test. Concepts tested include arithmetic, algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry.
The ACT Science Test contains 40 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 35 minutes. The questions measure the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, and problem-solving skills associated with science. The science test is made up of several passages, each of which is followed by multiple-choice questions.
ACT Reading Test contains 40 questions to be answered in 35 minutes. The test is designed to measure your reading speed and comprehension. The passages on the reading test come from published materials, such as books and magazines, written at a level that a first-year college student can expect to read for a class.
If you register for the ACT with writing, you take the writing test after the four multiple-choice tests. Your score on the writing test does not affect your scores on the multiple-choice tests or your composite score.
On the ACT writing test, you have 40 minutes to read a prompt and to plan and write an essay in response to it. The prompts on the writing test cover a variety of subjects intended to reflect engaging conversations about contemporary issues, and they are designed to be appropriate for response in a 40-minute timed test.