ACT Scoring How does it work?
This test differs from the SAT in many ways, and it is extremely beneficial to be aware of the differences before deciding on which test is best suited for you! The ACT test tends to be more similar in format to standard high school material, and has a Science section whereas the SAT does not. Also, the mathematics section on the ACT is more advanced than on the SAT, and the Essay section is optional on the ACT but mandatory on the SAT. Many universities today accept the SAT and ACT, but not all, so it is important to know what schools you are interested in beforehand.
Scoring for all MultipleChoice Sections in test
 1 point for each correct answer (no deductions for incorrect or unanswered questions)
 A raw score is calculated using the correct number of answers in each section. For example, 50 out of 75 answers correctly in the English section is a raw score of 50.
 The raw score is then changed to a scaled score between 136, which includes metrics that take into account difficulty level variations.
 The composite score is the average of the scaled scores for the four multiplechoice test sections. This score is rounded to the nearest whole number. Any numbers less than 1/2 are rounded down, and any numbers more than 1/2 are rounded up to the next whole number.
 So, for example: 23 + 25 + 25 + 25= 98/4 which is 24.5 would be rounded up to 25.
 The final score report will also contain a percentile ranking comparing the student's score against others.
Writing Test Score
Essay:
 Two people read and score the essay based on a holistic or overall impression
 Score ranges are between 16.
 The final score will be a whole number between 212.
Final Writing Test Calculations
Writing + Essay:
 Writing Section is worth 2/3
 Essay is worth 1/3
 The final score will range between 136.
 The final score is one composite score, not separated scores.
English

 45 minutes Total
 75 questions (multiple choice)
 Includes questions on grammar and written English

Math

 60 minutes Total
 60 questions (multiple choice)
 Basic arithmetic, Algebra I & II, geometry and trigonometry

Reading

 35 minutes Total
 40 questions (multiple choice)
 Four sections on varying topics

Science

 35 minutes Total
 40 questions (multiple–choice)
 Includes questions involving graphs/data, research information or multiple conceptual viewpoints
 No calculators allowed

Writing

 30 minutes Total
 1 essay question involving multiple viewpoints
 Essay is optional

Total

 Total Time:
 Without essay, test time is: 2 hours & 55 minutes
 With essay, test time is: 3 hours & 25 minutes
 4 Sections Total
 2 breaks are given during the exam
 Top Score is a 36



