ACT is an effort-demanding test with five modules: (a) English, (b) Mathematics, (c) Reading, (d) Scientific Reasoning, and (e) an optional writing section. Here is a brief overview of the ACT syllabus:
- English: This module has five passages with 15 questions in each passage. All 5*15 = 75 questions are multiple-choice questions. Solving the passages in a limited time evaluates the usage of punctuation, grammar, and formation of sentences. Passages provide a variety of rhetorical situations where rhetorical skills are tested, like the strategy used, organization method, and style of understanding the passages and answering the questions.
- Mathematics: This module of the ACT exam covers pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, trigonometry, etc. A student preparing for the ACT exam has already studied the abovementioned topics in previous high school classes. They must solve sixty(60) multiple-choice questions with the help of a calculator.
- Reading: Students will get four passages on social studies, natural sciences, prose fiction, and humanities. They get 10 multiple-choice questions in each passage. In total, they must solve 40 questions in 35 minutes.
- Scientific Reasoning: This section has four passages based on data representation like graphs and tables, research summaries, and conflicting viewpoints. Each passage has 10 multiple-choice questions.
- Writing: This module is entirely optional for the student. Attempting the writing section depends on the student’s choice of whether they want to do it. This section has one essay writing question a student must solve in 40 minutes.