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What to Bring

The ACT Residual consists of four paper-pencil, multiple-choice tests: English (45 minutes), Mathematics (60 minutes), Reading (35 minutes) and Science Reasoning (35 minutes). Allowing time to fill in personal data, the test takes approximately four hours to take.

ACT-approved calculators are allowed on the Mathematics test, but are not required. The following types of calculators are NOT allowed:

  • pocket organizers
  • handheld or laptop computers
  • electronic writing pads or pen-input devices
  • models with a QWERTY (typewriter) keypad
  • models with paper tapes
  • models that make noise
  • models that can communicate (transfer data or information) wirelessly with other calculators
  • models that require a power cord
  • Casio: CFX-9970G and Algebra fx 2.0
  • Texas Instruments TI-89 and TI-92
  • Hewlett-Packard: HP-40G and HP-49G

For important information regarding the ACT Residual, please take a few minutes to review "Taking the ACT" brochure.