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What is ACT?

ACT stands for American College Testing. IT is a standardized test for assessing college readiness, used for college admissions in the United States.


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All about ACT

ACT Exam Type: Paper based standardized Exam

ACT Administrator: ACT, Incorporated

ACT Registration: Online

ACT Fees: ACT with Writing ‒ USD 86.50
ACT without Writing‒ USD 79.50

Other Fees may include:

Additional Score Report ‒ USD 12
Telephone Re‒registration ‒ USD 15
Test Information Release ‒20

ACT Skills Tested: English
Writing (Optional)

ACT Exam Used For: Undergraduate admission in United States and Canada

ACT Exam Duration: Total 3 hours 35 Minutes (Excluding Breaks)
English ‒ 45 Minutes
Mathematics ‒ 60 Minutes
Reading ‒ 35 Minutes
Science ‒ 35 Minutes
Optional Writing ‒ 40 Minutes

ACT Score Range: Composite Score1 to 36
Sub scores for Each Subject‒ 1 to 18 (Excl Writing) in 1 point increments

ACT Exam Conducted: Unites Stated & Canada ‒ Six times annually
Other Countries ‒ Five times annually

ACT Grades Used by: Colleges & Universities offering undergraduate programs.

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The ACT format and timing is simple and structured.  It consists of four multiple‒choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science (Excluding Writing).  Although Writing is optional, many colleges specifically ask for Writing Scores. On the ACT, each question correctly answered is worth one raw point. There is no penalty for incorrect answers on the multiple-choice part of the test. Therefore, you can attempt all the questions without being worried for negative marking





Score Range

Benchmark Scores

Subject Content




1 ‒ 36


Standard Written English

Rhetorical Skills




1 ‒ 36



Elementary Algebra

Intermediate Algebra

Coordinate Geometry


Elementary Trigonometry


Problem Solving




1 ‒ 36


Reading Comprehension




1 ‒ 36


Interpretation Analysis



Problem Solving

Optional Writing

1 Essay Prompt


1‒ 12

Writing Skills


Few Tips in while attempting ACT


ACT Exam ‒ English:


  • Observe the writing style used in each passage
  • Study the elements included in the underlined portion of the passage. Questions will require you to base your decision on elements of writing, which the text should convey
  • Examine all the options among the choices given and examine how each differs from another. It may incorporate more than one aspect of writing
  • Conclude the best answer. The key is to mentally consider all the choices given and stick to the best one.
  • Recheck upon finalizing your answer



ACT Exam ‒ Mathematics:


  • Understand the question properly before attempting
  • Use calculators wisely if permitted ‒ check their batteries in advance to ensure its proper working condition
  • Locate your solution among the answer choices
  • Double check your calculations
  • Make sure the answer is reasonable


ACT Exam ‒ Reading

  • 1st Mantra ‒ Read the passage carefully
  • Consider all the options, before concluding your answer
  • Keep referring to the passage while answering questions


ACT Exam ‒Science:


  • The Key to all Formats ‒ Read your question carefully
  • Refer to the scientific information provided in the passage while answering the question
  • Note conflicting viewpoints in the passage
  • Always refer to your concepts before answering


ACT Exam ‒ Writing (Optional):


  • Read the instruction on the booklet carefully
  • Make a mental note of the structure of your essay ‒ stick to it
  • Ensure your handwriting is legible
  • Do not lose focus ‒ be clear with your argument and main idea
  • At the end, check for grammatical errors, punctuations and spelling mistakes.
  • Reread the entire essay to ensure it has significance to your ideas


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The ACT Exam is conducted five times annually outside the United States, and six times in the United States. The test is always conducted on a Saturday. The test format is such that there is no advantage on taking the exam on a particular day.


ACT Exams Dates:


United States

Outside United States















Test Centers in India



Center Name


Indo American Educ Soc Satellite

Ahmedabad Gujarat

Ahmedabad International School


St Josephs Boys High School

Dehra Dun

The Doon School


Children Public School


Uniti Foundation


Swati Jain College


Kodaikanal International School


South City International School


The Millennium School Mohali


Lala Lajpatrai Inst Of Management


Singapore International School


Transitions Lab Univ Prep School


Woodstock School

New Delhi

U.S. India Educational Foundation

Pune Maharashtra

Mahindra UWC of India


Navrachna International School


Vignan Vidyalayam High School


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PTE Overall score is a mark out of 90. A score of 65 in PTE Academic is a good indication of your English language ability in real‒life academic situations.

PTE vs IELTS Scoring:

As compared to IELTS, the score in PTE is given as under:

            IELTS Score                                    PTE Score Range

  • 4.5 Bands                                            30‒ 40 Marks
  • 5.0 Bands                                            35‒ 43 Marks
  • 5.5 Bands                                            44‒ 50 Marks
  • 6.0 Bands                                            51- 57 Marks
  • 6.5 Bands                                            58- 65 Marks
  • 7.0 bands                                            66- 72 Marks
  • 7.5 Bands                                            73- 79 Marks
  • 8.0 Bands                                            80- 83 Marks
  • 8.5 Bands                                            84‒ 86 Marks
  • 9.0 Bands                                            86‒ 90 Marks

Benefits of taking a PTE Test over other English Tests:

  • Late registration for PTE available : Register for the PTE test even within the last 2 days of the test date. As compared to this, for other English tests you will need to register at least 10 days in advance
  • PTE Results come early: Get your PTE test result in 5 days approximately as against other English tests where it takes a minimum of 13 days approx.
  • Save on PTE Score Reporting Fee : Additional score reporting to Universities is FREE unlike other English tests where you have to pay for reporting the score to each additional University or College
  • Don’t miss a course start date: In about 8 days you can register for the PTE exam, appear for PTE exam and get your PTE result. Even if you have to take a retest, it is still easily possible

There are more benefits of taking the PTE test, but we find the above as most significant ones

Cancellation of ACT Exam:

  • There is no flat way for you to cancel your Exam once registered.
  • One the registration fee is paid, on cannot get a refund for the cancelation of Exam ‒ The student is marked absent

Rescheduling ACT Exam Date

  • Incase you decide to change your exam date, you will have to pay the basic fee all over again to register for the next date
  • If you have missed the deadline for the next available exam date, late registration will have to be paid along the basic registration fee
  • The ACT test date can be changed on the same day of the test as well by logging onto to your ACT account online.

Retaking ACT Exam  

There is no limit as such on retaking your ACT Exam.

  • Registration is same as was done for the initial test.
  • The retakes can be planned around the existing five days per annum.

 ACT Standby Testing: 

ACT Standby Testing is a facility for students who have missed their registration deadlines ‒ even the late registration deadline.  It is a good option for students who are prepared for their exam but just dint register early enough.  Although there are terms and conditions applied for standby testing:

  • You will have to complete the registration process online as per the guidelines along with a standby request and submit it
  • The standby request will not be accepted later than eight days before a test date known as “Standby Request Period” and with an additional fee of USD 49 applicable.
  • However, even after placing the standby request, you are not guaranteed a seat on the test day. The admission to standby test will be on first‒come, first-serve basis upon availability of seats.
  • If you do get a seat on the test day even after paying the standby fees, it cannot be transferred to another test date. Instead ACT will refund your fees paid for standby request.

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  • Practice, Practice and Practice!
  • Relax on the day before the Test‒ do not stress yourself
  • Stay Calm and be positive
  • No Negative Marking ‒ Make sure you attempt all the questions
  • Guess Intelligently with purpose
  • Read your questions with extreme attention to understand what is required.
  • Since the question have multiple choice answers ‒ Choose the most concise answer
  • Be careful with the No Change answers in the English Section
  • Spend time with the Calculator wisely ‒ permitted for certain questions
  • Remember ‒ In Mathematics they are testing your mathematical reasoning and not calculations
  • Previewing, reading, and reviewing is your mantra to get the most out of each reading passage.

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Quick facts on coaching:

  • Small student batches
  • Flexible timings ‒ you can select during the week, in the weekends, in the evenings
  • Coaching can run from two weeks to 1 month (generally twice or thrice a week)
  • Additional hours are provided for students who cannot cope with the learning
  • Study material is provided
  • Free help with ACT registration is provided


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