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Is the ACT Curved? Expert Guide to the ACT Curve

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Whether you've already taken the ACT or are busy preparing for it now, you've likely wondered at some point: is the ACT curved? Does a 32 on one ACT equal a 32 on another?

In this article, we’ll investigate the rumor of the ACT curve and explain what it really means. Then we'll examine the function of this curve as well as how it's changed over time, before finally explaining what the ACT curve means for test takers and how you can use it to your advantage.

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ACT Test Dates Full Guide to Choosing (2016, 2017, 2018)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 12, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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Looking for info on the 2016-17 and 2017-18 ACT test dates? Knowing the most accurate ACT test dates is crucial for a solid test-taking plan. But though you may be tempted to go ahead and register for the next possible test date, what you should really be doing is finding a date that works well for you and your schedule.

In this guide, we offer an overview of upcoming ACT test dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates. We also give you tons of tips on how to choose an ACT test date and explain which test dates work best for juniors, seniors, and more.

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What Sections Are on the ACT? All 4 Test Sections, Explained

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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If you’re not sure what sections are on the ACT, we can help! In this guide to ACT sections, we’ll give you a quick summary of all the sections of the test. Then, we’ll take a closer look at each section. Finally, we’ll discuss which ACT test sections—and scores—are most important for you.

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When Is the April ACT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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With April just around the corner, you may be wondering: should you take the April ACT? Or will you be better off taking the ACT on a different date? What about taking the April ACT in 2018 instead?

In this article, we cover everything you need to know about the April ACT, including when the exam is, whether your scores will get to your schools on time, and the pros and cons of opting for the ACT in April.

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Do You Need to Take Both the ACT and SAT?

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Feb 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT versus ACT, ACT General Info, SAT General Info

As a high school student, I took both the SAT and the ACT. I’d been taking the SAT every couple of years since I was in middle school, so I planned to focus primarily on it. However, as a public school student in Colorado, I was required to take the ACT by my school. My scores on the two tests were relatively similar and I ended up submitting both.

Taking both tests, whether because of school requirements or personal preference, has become an increasingly common choice for students, especially those applying to top colleges. Though it isn’t necessary to take both the ACT and SAT, doing so might be the right plan for you. This guide will walk you through the pro and cons of taking both tests.

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Complete List: Which Colleges Require ACT Writing? 300+ Schools

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Feb 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Writing

You’ve just signed up for the ACT. But did you know that there is an optional writing test for the ACT? Do you know if your dream schools want to see it?

Check out our regularly updated list of schools to find out if the Writing ACT is worth your time and money. Then learn how you're going to ace the ACT Writing section.

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ACT Test Security Protocols: What to Expect

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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