What subjects are tested on the ACT?

Let’s get straight to what you want to know…

Math: 60 questions in 60 minutes
Science: 40 questions in 35 minutes
Reading: 40 questions in 35 minutes
English: 75 questions in 45 minutes
Optional Essay: 40 minutes

That’s a lot to take in, we know. However, after learning all of these concepts in your classes over the past years, we know you’re ready.
Still unsure about it? Let us break it down for you to help ease your mind.

Math Concepts

We know you remember basic math, so you’re covered there. Exponents, scientific notation, basic algebra? Ringing any bells? How about, the quadratic formula, polynomials, basic geometry, geometric proofs or trigonometric identities? You probably remember learning all of these. Those are all of the math concepts on the ACT. All of these questions include 5 possible answers and you are asked to select the correct one.

Science Topics

In this section, you will need to understand the basics of conducting experiments and how to interpret data. To do this, you will have to read and understand graphs and charts, as well as read and summarize scientific findings. In addition, you will draw conclusions based on the data provided. When studying, to avoid freezing during the test, make sure you understand not only what scientific principles are, but how to apply it to different scenarios.

Reading Topics

We’re sure you’ve read a lot during your time in both elementary and high school. By this point your English teachers have helped you to understand how to read, analyze and interpret a story or passage. This is exactly what you will be asked to do on the ACT. Bet you’re happy you paid attention in English class now! To be more specific, students will have to understand the main idea of a written piece, comparisons and analogies, writing method and style and how to analyze the cause and effect in a passage.

English Topics

In this section, students will be asked to select the answer, which best describes the correct change to make to an underlined section of the passage in question. The changes could involve spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure or style.


The written essay portion of the test can seem intimidating to some students. We’re here to tell you why you should remain confident when writing this part of the test. You are not expected to know about the topic in advance . You are given information and are asked to formulate ideas and analysis with support. You are also expected to organize the information in a manner that is clear and easy to read, so make sure to study up on the best ways to set up an essay. Make sure to use language which is clear and effective so the graders are not confused.

Studying for the ACT?

Need to fine tune your skills in some of these topics? A tutor can help you to achieve the greatest score you can on the ACT. Here at Lion Academy Tutors, we are prepared to help you achieve your goals! Give us a call or send us an email to find out how we can help!

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