ACT Extended Time Changes

For those who were unaware, ACT.org has again announced changes to the extended time proctoring of all future ACT’s, beginning with this September’s test. No longer will students be able to parcel out their minutes and breaks according to whim or need on the ACT within the 5 hour time limit. From this point forward, students will be held to a 1.5 times per section limit, just as they always have been on the SAT.


For some students, this is going to be a drastic change for them and will make a significant difference. If you were a student who budgeted all of your extra time to Reading and/or Science, then you will certainly be hurting with the more restricted time limits. However, if you were a student who stretched and stretched for those last few questions in Math (or English, or Reading) and then had too few minutes leftover for Science, then this might actually be a blessing in disguise for you.


One thing that’s definitively changed? The increased need for practice tests before the real thing. You will now be expected to adhere to specific time limits on each section, so it is best to practice¬† with it once or twice before test day, in addition to more specific timed drills before then, so you’re not surprised by the change and running out of time.

Please contact us if you have any further questions about the change or would like to schedule an extended time practice test.

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