ACT  Base of Operations

What is the ACT?

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in:





The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests  plus a 30-minute Writing Test.

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).

ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US.


ACT Information:English Section

Reading Section

Math Section

Science Section

Writing Section

Sparknotes on ACT

ACT English Section Analysis

Before you study for the ACT, you need to know your strengths and weaknesses, and these diagnostic tests can do that:Barron’s Diagnostic Test

Princeton’s Diagnostic Test – free registration

McGraw-Hill Diagnostic Test

Test Guide Sample Test Questions

Reading Quizzes:
Roman History Reading – Click Download Here to see the passage and then answer the ten questions.
Domestic Violence Reading Passage – Follow the directions on this page.
The American Republic Reading – Follow the directions.
Banneker Passage – Arrangement and clarity
ACT Org Practice Reading Quizzes
Helpful Links:
Tips and Strategies
Test Day Checklist
Test Day Tips
About the Calculator
Why should I take it?
SparkNotes Tips for English
Are your scores good enough?Instant Score Boosters
English Quizzes:
Punctuation Quiz – Semicolons, colons, etc.
Clarity & Agreement
Usage and Mechanics
General Practice
Peterson’s English Practice
Kaplan – Scroll down to the bottom to find the link.Grammar Flash CardsPractice Released ACT English tests

Grammar Rules – links found on this page address common grammar issues found on the ACT

ACT Org Practice English Grammar Quizzes

ACT Tips, Strategies, etc.
Three Insider Tips
ACT Reading Tips
ACT Science Tips
Difference between the SAT and ACT
Prep Videos
Writing the Essay:
Sample Prompts with Essays and Scores
ACT Rubric
Sample Prompts
SparkNotes ACT Sample Prompt with EssaysEssay Writing StrategyACT Org Sample Prompt with Essays
Science Quizzes:
Charts & Graphs
McGraw-Hill Quiz
Reading Charts, Graphs, Maps – Answers are at the bottom.
Charts & Graphs Quiz
Quizlet – Science Terms
ACT Org Practice Science QuizzesVarsity Tutors Science Practice TestsACT Exam Science Practice

Science Test Taking Tips with Practices

Math Quizzes:
Several Math Quizzes 
Quizzes to Download
60 Questions with Detailed Answers and Solutions
ACT Prep Math Quizlet (Formulas, etc.)ACT Org Math Practice QuizzesVarsity Tutors Math Practice

Practice Math Tests

Math Test Taking Tips with Practices

SAT Vocab that can help with ACTSAT Vocab quizlet

More SAT Vocab

Vocab and the ACT

For Teachers:
Practice Test
Free ACT Prep Book
ACT Prep Activities
Quizlet ACT Prep

SAT Diagnostic Test


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