ACT Test to Provide New Options Designed to Offer Students More Choices, Faster Results

Next school year, ACT will introduce individual section retesting, online testing on national test dates, and superscore calculations

ACT Test to Provide New Options Designed to Offer Students More Choices, Faster Results

IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT, the maker of the ACT® test used in college admissions, today in October plans to introduce three new options to improve students’ test-taking experience and increase their opportunities for college admissions and scholarships.

Beginning with the September 2020 national ACT test date, students who have taken the ACT will have the option to retake individual sections of the ACT test instead of the entire exam.

Students will also have the choice of taking the ACT online, with faster test results, on national test dates, and those who take the test more than once will be provided an ACT “superstore” that calculates their highest possible ACT composite score.

” Students come first at ACT, and these groundbreaking new options will directly benefit them, providing more choices, an improved testing experience, and a better opportunity to showcase their readiness and reach their maximum potential,” said Suzana Delanghe, ACT chief commercial officer. “With these changes, ACT is evolving to meet students in the digital world in which they live. We want to do a better job of helping them succeed.”

The content and format of the ACT test itself will not change. Only the administration and reporting methods will be different.ACT is leveraging its years of experience with online testing in its plan to offer an online testing option on national test dates. ACT online testing is already used by some states and school districts that administer the test to all students as well as in all international ACT test centers.


New Options Address Student Needs

The three new options are based on feedback from students, parents, teachers, counselors, administrators and higher education officials and supported by the organization’s latest research and technology enhancements.

Assisting Learners with Free Test Prep Resources

ACT will continue to offer students free learning and test prep resources through its online ACT Academy. Students will be able to take a free practice online test to help them determine if they prefer this format or the traditional paper format. And all materials will be updated to support understanding of the new options available to students.

ACT will continue its fee waiver program for students from low-income households, providing free testing for the entire test or for individual section tests as well as continuing to offer free test prep and free score reporting to support their college and scholarship applications.

More details are available online at Additional details about the rollout of these options, including pricing information, will be announced in the months ahead.

There are five sections on the ACT: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. The english part of the test is a 45 minute test with 75 questions, it uses mechanics and rhetorical skills.  The math part of the test is a 60 minute test with 60 questions, it tests you on pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra,coordinate geometry, plane geometry, trigonometry. The reading part of the test is a 35 minute test with 40 questions, it includes passages of social studies, natural sciences, literacy narratives, and humanities. The science course of the test is a 35 minute test with 40 questions, the tests include data analysis, experimental results, and conflicting viewpoint.

Your ACT composite score is an average score of every subject that you tested on put together into one. Your ACT score is scored from 1 being the lowest and 36 being the highest.A good ACT score is a 21 or higher.