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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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What Is the ACT Kaplan ACT Low Cost Test Prep Program?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | May 13, 2016 8:30:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Logistics

The ACT has just announced its first official partnership with a test prep company: Kaplan. This may be big news for students who are planning to take the ACT - in cooperation with Kaplan, ACT, Inc. will be providing a low-cost (or even free) test prep program called ACT® Kaplan Online Prep Live.

There isn’t a ton of information just yet about the quality of the new test prep platform - students won’t be able to access it for a while - but we do know what the program should include and what it should cost. Free streaming courses are airing live in advance of the program launch - you can read more about what these courses are like towards the end of the post. 

Read more to find out what this new test prep partnership will mean for you!

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ACT Score to GPA Conversion Table

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 7, 2016 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Are you interested in converting your GPA to ACT scores or vice versa? This can be useful if you're trying to estimate your ACT score based on your current grades. In this guide, we've pored over the statistics to give you the information needed to convert between GPA and ACT scores! However, before we get started, let's briefly go over a few caveats.

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ACT Score Ranges: Understand Your Score vs. Class Grades

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 4, 2016 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info


Are you wondering what the highest and lowest possible scores you can get on the ACT are? And, once you receive your score, what does it mean? Many people find it difficult to understand their ACT score because the exam doesn't use the same kinds of grades your classes do. In this guide, we've converted ACT scores into class grades to make them easier for you to understand.

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What Is the ACT Fifth Section? Answers From ACT, Inc.

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 4, 2016 5:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you took the ACT on April 9th or if you had friends who did, you might have heard there was a fifth section, which is abnormal. Usually, the ACT has four sections plus an optional writing section: Math, Reading, English, and Science. However, on April 9th, at certain test centers, there were five sections plus an optional writing section: Math, Reading, English, Science, and additional Science. What was this fifth section? Why was it there? I talked to the Director of Public Relations at ACT, Inc., and got the answers!

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ACT Score Percentiles and Ranks (High-Precision 2016)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 29, 2016 7:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Do you want to know your exact ACT score up to six digits of precision?  Every digit can help when you want to know your exact performance. I've used real ACT data, newly released in 2016, to calculate these ultra-high-precision percentiles.

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Why Take the ACT? 9 Important Reasons

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Apr 14, 2016 5:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Standardized testing is not most people's idea of fun—quite the opposite actually. Why take the ACT, then? There are quite a few reasons, actually, and they range from the essentially necessary to the more elective.

In this guide, we'll discuss what those reasons are, from college applications to job searching, as well as why the ACT may fit you better than the SAT.

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Free ACT Practice Tests: Massive Collection of Online Sources

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 9, 2016 10:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

When you’re trying to prepare for the ACT, the last thing you want to worry about is finding ACT practice tests. To help make the process a little less stressful for you, we’ve compiled this huge list of sources for free ACT practice tests and questions.

Not all practice tests are created equal, though. For each test source, I’ll talk about how you can best use the practice material to best prepare for the ACT.

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What is the Minimum ACT Score for College?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 9, 2016 8:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, ACT General Info

There are a lot of numbers and scores associated with your college applications: GPA. Class rank. Maybe some AP Tests. Standardized test scores. It can be a lot to take in. 

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Can You Write in the ACT Test Booklet?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 9, 2016 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

I don’t know about you, but scratch paper is really useful for me when I’m working through a test. You might know that you’re not allowed to bring paper or notebooks in with you when you take the ACT - you also won't get scratch paper. But are you allowed to write on the ACT test booklet?

The short answer is yes, but there’s a bit more to it than that. Here, I’ll go through exactly when and why you’re allowed to write on the booklet. Then, I’ll tell you how you can use the ACT booklet to your advantage by taking the most effective notes possible.

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