About ACT 2018

The ACT 2018 test is an international standardised test which is primarily for undergraduate admission to US universities and is administered by ACT. The ACT test scores are also accepted by many renowned colleges and universities in other countries and is available in two types which are ACT with writing and ACT without writing as the writing section in the ACT test is optional. The ACT has 4 different sections apart from writing which are reading, English, mathematics and science which all consist of multiple-choice questions and the duration of the exam is variably dependent upon whether the candidate has opted for the Writing section. Scores for the writing section are required for specific undergraduate programs or universities.  

ACT 2018 Highlights

Full Exam Name ACT
Conducting Body ACT
Exam Level University Level Exam
Languages English
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online
Exam Duration 4 Hours

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The ACT 2018 test has no specific eligibility criteria for prospective candidates as an individual of any age above 13 years can sit for the ACT 2018 test. 

Instead, a prospective candidate needs to meet the eligibility criteria to the individual college or university to which he or she will apply to through ACT scores. Additionally, a candidate is eligible to give the ACT test a maximum of 12 times.  

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In order to apply for the ACT 2018 test, candidates must follow the given procedure:

  • The candidate must click on the 'Register for ACT test' option on the ACT test homepage. 
  • The candidate must then create an official ACT account and fill in the required details. 
  • Using the new login ID and password, the candidate must access the newly created ACT account in order to register for the ACT test.
  • The candidate must fill the required details after which he or she will be provided with two options for the test venue:
    • The United States, US territories or Canada
    • Another country
  • The candidate must select the preferred test venue and date.
  • The final step for application form of ACT 2018 test is the payment of exam fees which can be done online via debit card, credit card or net banking.

ACT 2018 Syllabus


English: Unit 01
Production of writing
English: Unit 02
Topic development
English: Unit 03
Organization, unity, and cohesion
English: Unit 04
Knowledge of language
English: Unit 05
Convention of standard English
English: Unit 06
Sentence structure and formation
English: Unit 07
English: Unit 08


Mathematics: Unit 01
Preparing for higher mathematics
Mathematics: Unit 02
Number and quantity
Mathematics: Unit 03
Mathematics: Unit 04
Mathematics: Unit 05
Mathematics: Unit 06
Statistics and probability
Mathematics: Unit 07
Integrating essential skills
Mathematics: Unit 08


Reading: Unit 01
Key ideals and details
Reading: Unit 02
Craft and structure
Reading: Unit 03
Integration of knowledge and ideas


Science: Unit 01
Data representation
Science: Unit 02
Research summaries
Science: Unit 03
Conflicting viewpoints
Science: Unit 04
Interpretation of data
Science: Unit 05
Scientific investigation
Science: Unit 06
Evaluation of models, inferences, and experimental results


Writing: Unit 01
Idea and analysis
Writing: Unit 02
Development and support
Writing: Unit 03
Writing: Unit 04
Language use and conventions

The ACT test comprises 4 sections and all four sections consist of multiple choice questions (MCQs) with either four or five choices. The ACT Writing section is an optional section which comprises a single essay question. The exam pattern of ACT is given below.

ACT 2018 Exam Pattern



Number of Questions

Type of Question
English45 minutes75Five choices MCQs
Mathematics60 minutes60Four choices MCQs
Reading35 minutes40Four choices MCQs
Science35 minutes40Four choices MCQs
Writing40 minutesEssay 

ACT 2018 Exam Centers

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Rajasthan Ajmer
Uttar Pradesh Allahabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Odisha Bhubaneswar
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Delhi New Delhi
Haryana Gurgaon
Telangana Hyderabad
Madhya Pradesh Indore
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
West Bengal Kolkata
Punjab Mohali
Maharashtra Mumbai
Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada

Documents Required at Exam

  • Current official government issued photo ID (preferably passport)

Results of ACT test are generally available online by the end of 2 weeks from the date of the test but in some cases may also take up to 8 weeks. Scores for the writing section are available 2 weeks after the scores for the multiple-choice sections are available. Students who have given the writing test cannot send the other remaining scores to their prospective universities without the writing test scores. 

ACT 2018 Scores: 

The ACT test results in a composite score which is calculated on a 1 – 36 point scale. The composite score is evaluated from the scores for mathematics, science, STEM, English, reading, writing and ELA. Scores for the individual categories are evaluated on a scale of 1 – 36 except for the writing score which is evaluated on a 2 – 12 point scale. 

The STEM score is the average of the scores in mathematics and science whereas the ELA score is the average of the scores in English, reading and writing. If the candidate has not taken the writing test, then no ELA score is reported. 

The ACT score report also contains the student ranking as well as prospective majors for the student based on his or her score. 

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Questions related to ACT

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Does sri sai degree college in hyderabad ,dilsukhnagar provides me a bright future ? Please tell me about the college faculty.And also about college environment. Is anti ragging act applied in this college Is this a safe place. .please give me a detailed information of college.

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 29th Mar, 2020
Sri Sai Degree and PG College, Hyderabad is a private college established in the year 1992.
This college offers various Bachelor's and Masters courses in different stream.It is overall a good college for studies.As far as ragging is concerned, every college now has strict rules over ragging and every candidate signs an anti-ragging form before admission.Also, in colleges offering simple graduation there is no chances of ragging and stuff so you don't need to worry about these things.
Get more details about the college from the link -

I hope this helps.

I am from Bengaluru. I finished my 1st year puc. My question is am I eligible to write ACT exams this year. Can I join MIT if I have a good score in ACT exams this year.

Animesh Vats Student Expert 16th Mar, 2020


Well I must tell you that it is vey important for students to give SAT or ACT to take admission in US colleges and universities. Even if the university mentions that it is optional, still you should give it. You can register for ACT or SAT after your high school and can given the exam and send the scores to the colleges where you will be applying for admission. I too have ACT.


I belong to Telangana state, I got my MBBS seat in 2013 and completed in Tirupati Andhra pradesh in NON LOCAL CATEGORY (state bifurcation act) and completed my internship in Hyderabad. My question is which state am I eligible for PG Counselling.I got ranks in both states 719 Telangana and 952 in AP.

Animesh Vats Student Expert 8th Mar, 2020


Well the domicile depends on you doing your class 12th education from a state or having permanent residency of a state. Sometimes a student is able to take the benefit of both the states and hence if you qualify the domicile requirements then you too can take the benefit of bothe the state quota counseling.

I hope my answer helps.

All the best.


in sat and act which is easy and beneficial? ?

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 1st Mar, 2020
In sense of the difficulty level ACT exam is much stronger , because the science and mathematics portion asked in the exam is of high level while in SAT exam it is not so,
For the beneficial point of view SAT exam is much weight full than ACT exam.
So you can choose accordingly.
Best of luck.

is it necessary to give SAT, ACT and TOEFL or just SAT is fine?

Muskan Gupta 27th Feb, 2020

Hi Keya

Most four - year colleges require that all applicants , domestic and international alike , take the SAT or ACT.  If English isn't your first language , then you will likely also have to take TOEFL to apply to college. Most colleges will equally accept IELTS or PTE too. The TOEFL is most popular option.

But if you score highly enough on the verbal section of the SAT or ACT , then you might not have to take the TOEFL.

Hope it helps :)

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