Those preparing for the American College Testing, or ACT, test can take free prep courses on the Sophia and Number2 websites. Sophia's free prep course includes access to testing strategies, practice tests and tutorials for each section of the ACT. Number2, which requires a free account to enroll in its ACT prep course, includes a vocabulary builder, practice tests and tutorials; it also offers real-time reports that show how the student is progressing during the course.
As of March 2015, the ACT exam takes 3 hours and 25 minutes (not counting breaks) to complete, and it is divided into sections for math, English, science, reading and writing. The writing test is actually optional and composed of a short essay, while the other tests are all multiple choice and vary in duration. The math section tests students' knowledge in geometry, trigonometry, pre-algebra and algebra, while the English section tests grammar, sentence structure and word usage. The reading section asks questions based on reading selections, and the science section requires understanding conflicting viewpoints, data representation and research.
The overall composite score of the exam ranges from 1 to 36, while students can choose between 1 and 18 on each section. Colleges usually take a student's scores into account when making an admissions decision, and each college may set its own preferred score range.