Choosing a Test Option

Students may register for one of two Test Options: the ACT (No Writing), which includes the four required multiple choice tests, or the ACT Plus Writing, which also includes a

30-minute Writing Test. The optional ACT Writing Test complements the ACT English Test. The combined results from both tests provide information about your understanding of the conventions of standard written

English and your ability to produce a direct sample of your writing. Taking the ACT plus Writing will provide you with two additional scores: a Writing sub score and a Combined

English/Writing score. Taking the ACT Writing Test does not affect your subject area scores or your Composite score. Not all colleges require or recommend taking the ACT

Writing Test. Check directly with the colleges you are considering to find out their requirements, or ask your high school counselor which Test Option you should take. You can also check for a searchable list of colleges that have provided information to us about their policies—whether they require, recommend, or do not need results from the ACT Writing Test. Consult this list before you register, so you will know which Test Option to select. The ACT plus Writing is available within the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada on all established test dates and for Special and Arranged Testing during designated testing windows. The ACT plus Writing is available internationally on all test dates except February.