So you're thinking about taking the ACT? Or maybe your student is?
Here is some info that can help:
The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. Many students opt to take the ACT over the SAT, because the ACT puts more emphasis on verbal and science skills than the SAT, which has a stronger focus on math.
While many colleges are no longer requiring the exam for admission, taking the exam (provided you do well) can certainly help you stand out from other applicants. Additionally, you do not have to report your score if you are not happy with it. So there is not much to lose if you decide to give it a try.
The test is about 3 hours long including breaks, 4 hours including the optional writing section.
There are four sections of the exam (five including the optional writing test):
The highest possible ACT score is 36 points. The current "average" ACT score is about a 21. A "good" score is around a 25. "Excellent" is above 30. The "best" scores are about 33 and above.
The good news is that, coupled with a well-rounded application, an ACT score of around 25 be competitive enough to get into some very good schools.
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Here are some tips to get started:
1. Take a sample test - A sample test includes on of each type of question from each section of the ACT exam.
This allows students to assess how comfortable they are with each type of question, and where they need the most help.
2. Purchase a test prep book or online subscription for sample problems and practice tests with answers and explanations.
Practicing between sessions and self-teaching is key to success. Practice materials are extremely useful in preparing for the ACT exam.
3. Take a practice test.
You can take all sections at once, or one at a time. But take a practice test (proctored or timed by someone else if possible), so that you can get a feel for completing problems with limited time.
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Here are three links to free ACT practice problems:
The ACT organization's official site provides free practice test questions in each section of the exam here:
This site offers six free practice tests and answer keys from prior years' ACT exams. They also provide helpful guides and tips about what to and not to do when studying for the exam.
3. "Preparing for the ACT Test 2018-2019"
Access an official full-length practice test that includes test-taking strategies and tips here:
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