How many questions are there and how long will the test take?

English: 75 questions – 45 minutes

Mathematics: 60 questions – 60 minutes

Reading: 40 questions – 35 minutes

Science: 40 questions – 35 minutes

Total: 215 questions

Writing: 1 prompt – 40 minutes

Testing begins after all examinees present by 8:00 a.m. are checked in and seated. A short break is scheduled after the first two tests. For students taking the ACT with writing, a brief break is also scheduled before the writing test. Students taking the ACT in standard time rooms are normally dismissed at about 12:15 p.m.; students taking the ACT with writing are normally dismissed at about 1:00 p.m.

On some test dates, ACT tries out questions to develop future versions of the tests. You may be asked to take a fifth test, the results of which will not be reflected in your reported scores. The fifth test could be multiple-choice or one for which you will create your own answers. Please try your best on these questions, because your participation can help shape the future of the ACT. If you are in a test room where the fifth test is administered, you will be dismissed at about 12:35 p.m.

For more information about what to expect on test day, see test day procedures.