ACT Counseling in Thane & Mumbai

ACT acronym for American College Testing is another test which we at Study Abroad Mentors specialize in. ACT is also a substitute for SAT scores and is widely accepted by the undergraduate colleges especially in the USA and Canada.

Unlike SAT, ACT tests the students across 4 compulsory sections and 1 optional section. ACT is a paper-based test, wherein the student has to darken the appropriate bubble in the provided answer sheet. The required portion of the ACT is divided into four multiple choice subject tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning.

Subject test scores range from 1 to 36. The English, Mathematics, and Reading tests also have sub-scores ranging from 1 to 18. The composite score is the average of all four tests. In addition, students taking the optional writing test receive a writing score ranging from 2 to 12, a combined English-Writing score ranging from 1 to 36 and one to four comments on the essay from the essay scorers. The writing score does not affect the composite score.

On the ACT, each question correctly answered is worth one raw point. Unlike the SAT, there is no penalty for marking incorrect answers on the multiple-choice part of the test. Therefore, a student can answer all questions without suffering a decrease in their score for questions they answer incorrectly.

ACT sections are as follows:


This is the first section of the ACT and comprises of 75 questions to be attempted in 45 minutes. English section consists of five passages with various sections underlined on one side of the page and options to correct the underlined portions on the other side of the page. More specifically, questions focus on technical usage like use of commas, apostrophes, modifiers, the colons and fragments and run-ons. Apart from these focus is also on rhetorical skills viz., style of the passage, strategy, transitions, and organization of the sentences.


This is the second section of ACT and comprises of 60 mathematics questions to be attempted in 60 minutes. The mathematics test involves questions which encompass 14 pre-algebra, 10 elementary algebra, 9 intermediate algebra, 14 plane geometry, 9 coordinate geometry, and 4 elementary trigonometry questions. Calculators are permitted in this section only. Also, this is the only section that has five instead of four answer choices.


This is the third section and comprises of 40 questions to be attempted in 35 minutes. The reading section tests the students on the topics of prose, humanities, social science, and natural science.

Science Reasoning

This is the fourth section and comprises of 40 questions to be attempted in 35 minutes. There are seven passages each followed by five to seven questions. There are three Data Representation passages with 5 questions following each passage, 3 Research Summary passages with six questions each, and one Conflicting Viewpoints passage with 7 questions.

Writing (Optional)

This is the last section and it is a response to a prompt to be written in 30 minutes. The prompts are about a social issue applicable to high school students. The essay can affect the score of the English section only. If a student were to score a 10 out of 12 on the writing, and the student scored an English composite score of 25 then the score would be affected, but would most likely stay the same. If a student were to score poorly on the writing section, then the score would be reduced from 25 to 23 at the most. No particular essay structure is required.

Two trained readers assign each essay a score between 1 and 6; a score of 0 is reserved for essays that are blank, off-topic, non-English, not written with no. 2 pencil, or considered illegible after several attempts at reading. The scores are summed to produce a final score from 2 to 12 (or 0). If the two readers' scores differ by more than one point, then a senior third reader decides. Although the writing section is optional, several schools do require an essay score and will factor it into the admissions decision.


ACT Test Availability

The ACT is offered four to six times a year probable months are in September, October, December, February, April, and June and is always on a Saturday except for those with credible religious obligations.

ACT Test dates availability (dd-mm-yy format)

Test DateRegistration Deadline(Late Fee Required)
13/09/14 08/08/2014 9-22/08/14
25/10/14 19/09/14 20/9/14 – 03/10/14
13/12/14 7/11/14 8-21/11/14
07/02/15 09/01/15 10-16/01/15
18/04/15 13/03/15 14-27/03/15
13/06/15 08/05/15 09-22/05/15

ACT Test Fees:

The fees for registration is $ 95.00

For date change an additional charge of $ 22.00 would be incurred

For change of test centre for the same date an additional charge $ 23.00 would be incurred


ACT Test Centres in Mumbai & Maharashtra (as per official ACT website)


CityCenter NameCenter CodeTest Dates
Mumbai Lala Lajpatrai Institute of Management 871230 25-OCT-14
Mumbai Singapore International School 873460 13-SEP-14
Mumbai Transitions Lab Universal Prep School 873800 13-SEP-14
Pune Mahindra UWC of India 860020 13-SEP-14