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ACT Test Security Protocols: What to Expect

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

Standardized test materials must be kept under lock and key to ensure fairness and scoring accuracy during each administration. The ACT is no exception to this rule, and ACT Inc. has many regulations in place to prevent the distribution of confidential test questions to the public. In this article, I'll go through all of the ACT test security rules, what security breaches have occurred in recent years, and what this means for students in general. 

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ACT Syllabus: What’s on the Exam and How to Prep

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

Are you preparing for the ACT but aren’t sure which topics the exam covers? We’re here to help! This guide will give you an in-depth look at the ACT syllabus and explain exactly what you can expect to see on the test. 

For each of the five ACT sections, I’ll explain the format of the section, the types of questions you’ll see, and the skills that section tests. Afterward, I’ll also go over the top three tips you need to know when studying for the ACT to help you achieve your highest score.

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ACT Practice Tests: What They Can and Can't Do

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 18, 2016 7:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

ACT practice tests are invaluable for any level of ACT preparation, from those just beginning their study to those who have studied for months already. There are limits, however, to what ACT practice tests can do.

Read on to find out what things ACT practice tests are good for and what they just can’t accomplish.

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3 Dangers of ACT Practice Tests

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 10, 2016 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Practice tests are key to good ACT prep, but just taking full-length practice tests isn’t enough to guarantee a good score. In this article, we'll go over the three major pitfalls that many students stumble into when attempting to use ACT practice tests.

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How Often Should You Take Complete Official ACT Practice Tests?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 10, 2016 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Taking official ACT practice tests under realistic testing conditions is vital to good ACT prep, but after a certain point you can hit a wall and stop getting any benefit out of it. In this article, we’ll discuss the frequency with which you should take ACT practice tests.

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How Close to the ACT Should You Take a Practice Test?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 10, 2016 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

It’s extremely important to take full-length practice tests under realistic conditions when studying for the ACT. However, you need to make sure you’re getting the full benefit by spacing out the practice tests correctly. In this article, we'll discuss both the earliest and the latest you should consider taking full ACT practice tests.

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Is the ACT Hard? 9 Key Factors, Considered

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

The ACT is a nerve-wracking test considering the impact scores can have on college admissions prospects. But how hard is the ACT, really? It's intimidating, sure, but it's not as difficult as it seems. The material on the ACT becomes much less challenging if you're familiar with the structure of the test and the way questions are asked.

In this article, I'll go over a few aspects of the ACT that tend to make it more or less difficult and provide essential tips on how to get past some of these obstacles and end up with a great score! 

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The 4 Best ACT Apps (and How to Use Them in Your Prep)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

 

You can use apps to order food, watch sports, make yourself look like an octogenarian, and even study for the ACT. ACT apps are a somewhat recent phenomenon, but they're pretty appealing. After all, studying on your phone sounds like way more fun than doing it in a book. 

Unfortunately, apps aren't enough to prepare you for the test on their own, but they can be helpful resource. In this article, I'll explain what ACT prep apps are, list the best ACT apps (most of which are free!), and offer tips on how to use them effectively. 

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Average ACT Score for Colleges: What You Need to Get In

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, College Admissions

If you're preparing for the ACT or you've taken the ACT, you probably want to know what score you need to get into college. What's an average ACT score for colleges? Do you need to do better than average to go to college?

In this article, I'll explain average ACT scores and what they mean for you. Find out how to calculate the score you need to give yourself the best chance to get into your dream school.

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Expert Review: The Real ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 17, 2016 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

The ACT recently released a new official prep guide for the upcoming school year. This guide is designed to accommodate several small changes that were made to the format of the test. These changes include new essay prompts, fewer science passages, and paired passages in the reading section. In this article, I'll provide a review of the Official ACT Prep Guide for 2016-2017, including positives and negatives of the new guide, how it differs from the 3rd Edition, and whether or not you should buy it to help you through the study process. 

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2016 & 2017 Full Review of Every SAT Test Date

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 17, 2016 9:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Deciding when to take the SAT can be stressful because the best test dates aren't the same for everyone. Levels of preparation, goal scores, and other academic conflicts should all be considered in devising the most logical testing schedule for each student. The following is a full description of the pros and cons of each SAT test date in the 2016-2017 school year for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. You can use this guide to come up with a game plan that works for you!

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Expert Guide to the ACT Format: What You Need to Know

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jun 17, 2016 5:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you want to do well on the ACT, it’s not enough to just study test content. You have to know the test inside and out, including what questions to expect, what reading passages to anticipate, and what topic areas you’ll encounter the most.

Being this familiar with the test will help you improve your score in a significant way - it’s much more effective than just focusing on test content. In this post, I’ll go over everything you need to know about how the ACT is written, including format, content, and question types. At the end, I’ll tell you exactly what you can do to successfully incorporate this knowledge into your ACT study plan.

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ACT vs. TOEFL: What to Know About Each Test

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jun 10, 2016 7:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you’re an international student or non-native English speaker applying to college in the United States, then this guide is for you! To get into college, you’ll likely have to take two admissions tests: the TOEFL and the ACT.

This guide is specifically geared toward students interested in taking the TOEFL and ACT (if you’re taking the SAT, then check out this guide instead!). Read on to learn what colleges require, how the TOEFL and ACT compare, and what you can do to prepare for both.

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Brain Food for the ACT: 11 Best Exam Snacks

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 3, 2016 7:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Looking for the best snacks for the ACT? You should be! Snacks are an underrated yet crucial part of planning for the ACT. Good snacks will help you succeed on the ACT, giving you the brain boost you need, while bad snacks can suck your energy and make you more hungry. In this article, I’ll address why snacks are important, the qualities of the best ACT snacks, and give you 11 snack options. I’ll also give you some tips to succeed on test day.  

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Official ACT to SAT (New 1600 and Old 2400) Conversion Charts

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 13, 2016 3:30:00 PM

SAT versus ACT, ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Unlike apples and oranges, it is possible to compare the ACT and SAT – though it can be a little bit complicated.

 

One of the first thoughts you might have after getting your ACT or SAT score back is how well you would have done on the other test. Luckily, SAT to ACT conversion (and ACT to SAT conversion) is possible.

In this post, we'll provide conversion charts from the test makers themselves to help you with score conversions between both the new and old versions of the SAT and the ACT. We'll also learn if certain colleges go easier on either the SAT or ACT – and what you can do about it.

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