• ACT Exams

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    ACT Test Coordinator

    Melinda Beck
    mbeck@northallegheny.org
    724 934-7200

    ACT Information

    English

    Time allotted: one section, 45 minutes

    Types/Number of Questions

    • Usage/Mechanics - 40
      • Punctuation - 10
      • Grammar and Usage - 12
      • Sentence Structure - 18
    • Rhetorical Skills - 35
      • Strategy - 12
      • Organization - 11
      • Style - 12
    • Total - 75

    Reading

    Time allotted: one section, 35 minutes

    Types/Number of Questions

    • Prose Fiction - 10
    • Humanities - 10
    • Social Studies - 10
    • Natural Sciences - 10
    • Total - 40

    Mathematics

    Time allotted: one section, 60 minutes

    Types/Number of Questions

    • Pre-Algebra - 14
    • Elementary Algebra - 10
    • Intermediate Algebra - 9
    • Coordinate Geometry - 9
    • Plane Geometry - 14
    • Trigonometry - 4
    • Total - 60

    Science Reasoning

    Time allotted: one section, 35 minutes

    Types/Number of Questions

    • Biology (Data Representation) - 15
    • Earth/Space Sciences (Research Summary) - 18
    • Chemistry (Conflicting Viewpoints)
    • Physics - 7
    • Total - 40

    What about the optional Writing Test?

    The 30-minute optional Writing Test is an essay test that is intended to measure the writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses. The test is comprised of one writing prompt describing two points of view on an issue. Students are asked to write a response about their position on this issue. The prompts are designed to be appropriate for responses in the 30 minutes permitted and reflect the student’s interests and experiences. Students have the option of registering for the ACT or the ACT Plus Writing. The Writing Test may not be taken alone.

    Taking the Writing Test does NOT affect students’ scores on the multiple-choice tests or their COMPOSITE score. Students taking both the English and Writing Tests receive two additional scores: a combined English/Writing score on a scale of 1-36 and a Writing subscore on a scale of 2-12. Students also receive comments on their essays, and copies of the essays are available to the high school and the colleges to which scores are reported.