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 Information and practice tests are available at Be sure to take at least one practice test! The ACT Academy is a free, online learning program de- signed to help students improve their scores. It provides practice tests, video lessons, and more. Go to for information on this and other test prep resources (e.g., Preparing for the ACT, The Official ACT Prep Guide). ACT Scores Students receive a score (1-36) for each of the four tests, and an overall Composite score (an average of the four test scores). The Writing Test score does not affect a student’s Composite score. Score reports are released 2–8 weeks after the test date.