ACT

Ages 16+

The ACT is a standardized exam for applying to US universities.

The ACT tests the following subject areas:

  1. English
  2. Mathematics
  3. Reading
  4. Science

Note: There is also an ACT Plus Writing test that includes a 30-minute essay. While all schools will accept the ACT, there are some schools that will require the ACT Plus Writing version.  Be sure to check for the ACT requirements for each school that you are considering.

The ACT is available outside the US 5 times a year: October, December, February, April and June. The ACT is a multiple-choice test (215 questions) and, including breaks, will take 3.5 hours to complete (about 4 hours for the ACT Plus Writing).

English

A 45-minute long test with 75 questions in all.  The test focuses on:

  • Usage & Mechanics: punctuation, grammar and usage, sentence structure;
  • Rhetorical Skills: strategy, organization, style.

Mathematics

60-minutes long with 60 questions total.  It covers the following 6 areas:

  1. Arithmetic (~14 questions)
  2. Basic Algebra (~10 questions)
  3. Intermediate Algebra (9 questions)
  4. Coordinate Geometry (9 questions)
  5. Plane Geometry (~14 questions)
  6. Trigonometry (~4 questions)

Note: Calculators are allowed for the test, but certain models are banned (TI-89, TI-92, calculators with computer algebra systems (CAS) like the TI-Inspire CAS).

Reading

35-minute, 40-question test on passage reading comprehension.  There are 4 sections, each containing 1 long and 2 short passages. The passages focus on the following:

  • Social Studies
  • Natural Sciences
  • Literature
  • Humanities

Science

35-minute, 40-question test.  The content includes biology, chemistry, physics and Earth sciences (including Astronomy).  The test focuses less on science knowledge and more on reasoning, interpretation, evaluation and problem solving.  Calculators are not allowed.

Writing

A 30-minute essay in which students present and defend a point of view on a selected topic. Students can adopt 1 of the 2 points of view presented in the prompt or present their own. Although the writing portion is optional, we advise KYP students, since they are so strong at writing, to do the writing portion.

In KYP’s ACT test prep classes, we teach students the strategies they will need to tackle the ACT, including reading, math, grammar, science, and writing strategies. We have had a lot of success with helping students achieve perfect or near perfect ACT scores starting from when they are as young as 14 years old. Our state-of-the-art materials, small class sizes, proven strategies, experienced teachers, and individual attention give students the skills they need to succeed on the ACT.

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