The ACT, like other college entrance exams, consists of several different tests that aim to pick your brain on a variety of subjects from math to English to science. The following table tells you about each test, how long you have to complete it, how many questions it presents, and the knowledge it tests.
The ACT in a Nutshell
Test Minutes Questions Topics
English 45 75 Run-ons, fragments, grammar, usage, punctuation, organization, style, and strategy.
Mathematics 60 60 Geometry, algebra, mathematics, and only four questions on trigonometry. The test does not cover calculus.
Reading 35 40 Humanities, social studies, natural sciences, and prose fiction.
Science Reasoning 35 40 Science reasoning; all questions may be answered by reading the information stated or implied in the passages, graphs, or tables; no specific background knowledge is required.
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