Our instructors are experienced guides at helping students prepare for the ACT®, which forms a key part of your college application to most schools in the US

Students can choose between taking the ACT and the SAT — learn more about the SAT here, and how our diagnostic process helps students choose between the two tests here.



What is the ACT?

The ACT doesn’t feel like most high school tests. Rather than the content of your specific high school courses, the test makers are interested in the general skills you’ve developed across your entire schooling: reading comprehension, command of language, reasoning, and problem solving. It helps colleges put your high school grades in context and predict what kind of student you’ll be when you get to campus.

WHAT IS LogicPrep’s strategy for the act?

Our team works with you to get comfortable with the particular ways the ACT assesses these skills, helping you build the habits, strategies and confidence to be successful on test day. You’ll work with official practice tests as well as our own materials until you’ve gotten real scores you’re proud of. But no matter what kind of student you are, this can be a demanding process, so we focus on pairing our students individually with instructors that fit their personality as well as their learning style.


The ACT is composed of four multiple choice tests: an English test, a Math test, a Reading test, and a Science test.

The English test contains five passages and asks students to improve the grammar and style of each passage with multiple choice questions throughout. The Math test asks multiple-choice questions based on common pre-college topics with an emphasis on algebra and geometry. The Reading test has four long passages followed by multiple-choice questions. The Science test has seven passages, most of which contain charts and figures, and asks you to read charts, interpret data, and make valid inferences based on the data and experimental design.

There is also an optional ACT essay at the end of the test (the Writing section), which asks you to take a position on an arguable topic while making reference to provided perspectives. Some colleges require this essay, so we encourage all of our students to take it.

Who takes the ACT?

Students generally take the ACT for the first time during the fall or spring of their junior year, depending on when they start preparing, and most students take the test 2-3 times in order to present colleges with scores that best reflect their abilities and work.


Test Section Questions Time Allotted
English 75 45 minutes
Math 60 60 minutes
Reading 40 35 minutes
Science 40 35 minutes
Essay (optional) 1 essay prompt 40 minutes
Total: 3 hours and 35 minutes
(including the essay)

How is the ACT scored?

Based on the number questions you answer correctly (there’s no guessing penalty), each test is given a scaled score out of 36. Students then a receive a “composite” score, which is the average of their score on each of the four tests.

For the writing section, two readers will score your essay on a scale of 1-6 based on writing criteria: state your perspective and analyze its relationship to at least one other perspective; develop & support your reasoning; organize your ideas; communicate your ideas effectively. The two readers scores are then summed together. If the readers' ratings disagree by more than one point, a third reader will evaluate the essay and resolve the discrepancy.


The ACT is offered seven times throughout the year at test centers (usually high schools) around the country, although the February & July tests are currently not offered at some testing centers. Please visit the ACT's website for details about testing center locations.