The ACT About the ACT The ACT has four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. There is also an optional Writing Test. The ACT is offered nationally in September, October, December, February, April, June, and July. It’s given on Saturday mornings, and it takes three to four hours. Registering for the ACT To register, go to Students should register 6–7 weeks before the test date. Once registered, students receive instructions and an admission ticket to get into the test. Preparing for the ACT Read Preparing for the ACT. This free study guide is available at It provides valuable information, strategies, and practice tests. Be sure to take at least one practice test! There are numerous books and online programs with practice questions and tests to help students prepare for the ACT (e.g., The Official ACT Prep Guide, ACT Online Prep, and ACT Kaplan Online Prep Live). ACT Scores Students receive a score (1-36) for each of the four tests, and an overall Composite score. The Writing Test score does not affect a student’s Composite score. Score reports are released within 2–8 weeks of the testing date.