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College Entrance Exams

What are the College Entrance Exams? Students planning to apply for admission to a 4-year college must register to take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring of Junior year or fall of Senior year.

ACT with Writing
Test Length
3 hours, 25 minutes
3 hours, 45 minutes
Test Structure

5 test sections:
English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing.

Experimental sometimes added and clearly labeled.

10 test sections:
3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing, 1 experimental (unscored)

Reading Comprehension:

4 passages with 10 questions per passage

Critical Reading:

50 reading comprehension questions, 17 sentence completion questions

Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, algebra II and trigonometry
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and algebra II
Analysis, interpretation, evaluation, basic content and problem solving
Science not included
Last thing you do:
30 minutes - Not included in composite score
First thing you do:
25 minutes - Factored into overall score
Composite score of 1-36 based on average of scores from 5 subjects
Total score out of 600-1600, based on adding scores from 3 subjects
Wrong Answer Penalty
No penalty for wrong answers
1/4 point subtracted for each wrong answer (except for student produced responses)