Pacing Tips for the ACT

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You will need to monitor your pacing very carefully on the ACT, since you only have one minute or less for each question! Check out the following chart to see exactly how much time you'll have on each section of the test.

  • English: You'll have 45 minutes to answer 75 questions, allowing you 36 seconds per question.
  • Math: You'll have 60 minutes to answer 60 questions, giving you one minute per question.
  • Reading: You'll have 35 minutes to answer 40 questions, allowing you 52.5 seconds per question.
  • Science: You'll have 35 minutes to answer 40 questions, giving you 52.5 seconds per question.

While timed tests can be daunting, there are some great tricks for managing your time and maximizing your ACT score -- knowing these quick tips will help you pace yourself more carefully.

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