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American College Testing (ACT)

The ACT Assessment, or "A-C-T" as it is commonly called, is a national college admissions examination that consists of tests in: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. ACT results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). The ACT Assessment offers a comprehensive way for high school students to demonstrate to the colleges and universities of their choice that they can become successful college students.

Before you choose a test date, consider the application deadlines of the colleges and scholarship agencies that are of interest to you. Most scores are available for online viewing within 2 ½ weeks after each national or international test date. Your scores are not reported any faster if you view them onlineScores reports are usually mailed within 3 to 8 weeks after each test date. If you took the Writing Test, your score report will be mailed only after all your scores are available, including Writing, within 5 to 8 weeks after the test date.

CSULB Standby Information

For standby information, please call Testing, Evaluation & Assessment at (562) 985-4007 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. no sooner than the Wednesday before the test. You can also visit the ACT Standby Information website for further details.