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ACT Test Dates 2016-2017

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 3, 2016 6:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

At PrepScholar, we keep track of all the best information to advise you about future test dates. Knowing the registration deadlines and test schedule can help you devise your study plan and stay organized so that you can reach your target score.

In this article, I’ll give you the ACT test dates for 2016-2017 and explain the factors to think about when picking your test date.

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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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Can You Use A Mechanical Pencil on the SAT/ACT?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Mar 22, 2016 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics

Some people really prefer mechanical pencils to regular pencils. If you are one of those people, you may wonder if you can use a mechanical pencil on the SAT or the ACT.

The short answer is no, but the long answer is a much more convoluted “Maybe, but I don’t recommend it.” Read on for a breakdown of the official policies for each exam, why this rule exists, the actual reality of mechanical pencils on the exam, my recommendation, and some other important administrative regulations to remember for test day. 

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ACT FAQ: Expert Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Halle Edwards | Feb 11, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT versus ACT, ACT General Info, ACT Logistics

Here at PrepScholar, we get a lot of questions about every aspect of the ACT. To help, we've compiled this ACT FAQ to address all of your questions about the test – whether you haven’t even cracked open a prep book to study for it yet or if you’ve taken it four times and are wondering which scores to send to colleges.

Read on to get the answers to all of your burning ACT-related questions and links to the best articles on our site to help you prepare for the ACT. 

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Are You Accused of Cheating on the SAT/ACT? What To Do

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 11, 2015 11:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics

Have you been falsely accused of cheating on the SAT or ACT? What can you do if you're accused of cheating at the test center? What can you do if you're accused of cheating after you get your score?How can you fight it if they have evidence against you? Will you not get into any colleges? What are the best and worst case scenarios? I'll answer all of these questions below.

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Old ACT Scores: How To Get and Use Them

Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 10, 2015 10:30:00 AM

ACT Logistics


Did you graduate from college years ago and now a prospective employer is asking you for your ACT score? Did you take time off after high school, and now you have to send your ACT scores to colleges? 

In this article, I will explain how to get and use old ACT scores. I’ll walk you through the process of retrieving old scores and sending score reports for your ACTs that you took long ago.

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Important: Read This Before Sending ACT Scores to Colleges

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 2, 2015 5:30:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Logistics

No college application is complete without test scores. But sending scores to colleges doesn't have to be a confusing and frustrating process! Read this article to understand all the options for sending out your ACT scores, to get help with the many decisions you will have to make, and to know what to do if you run into problems.

I'll describe the basic process of how to send ACT scores, how to take full advantage of the ACT's individual score reporting, when to send scores, and how to make sure your scores don't get lost. At the same time, I'll go through the pros and cons of every available option and suggest a recommended course of action. 

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Missing ACT Score: How to Check ACT Scores

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 2, 2015 4:30:00 PM

ACT Logistics

There’s nothing quite like the white-knuckle feeling you get when you realize your ACT scores might be missing. You studied, you stressed, you planned, so it makes perfect sense to be feeling a little crazed with frustration.

But before you lose yourself in missing-score panic, let me reassure you that in the vast majority of cases the problem is small and easily solved. In this article, I'll explain what to do whether you are having trouble finding your scores yourself, or whether it's your target college that seems to have lost the score report from your application.

I'll go through some probable – and improbable – reasons for your missing score, and describe how to fix each one.

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ACT School Codes and College Codes for Score Reports

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 26, 2015 11:30:00 AM

ACT Logistics

Have you taken the ACT or will you be taking it in the future? If so, you may have heard of ACT college and school codes.

These codes are used to ensure that your ACT scores get sent to the proper school. Read on to learn everything you need to know about them.

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ACT High School Codes and Test Center Codes

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 26, 2015 10:30:00 AM

ACT Logistics

When you register for your ACT, you have to submit codes for your high school and test center, the location where you're going to take your ACT. The codes make it easier for ACT to keep track of the high school and test center of everyone who takes the exam. If you enter the wrong high school code, your school may not get your score report. If you select the wrong test center, you may not be able to take the ACT at your preferred test center location.

In this article, I'll let you know how to look up ACT high school and test center codes and advise you how to use them properly.
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ACT Rules and Regulations: What You HAVE to Know

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 12, 2015 12:30:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Logistics

Because the ACT is such a high-stakes test, the folks at ACT, Inc. have implemented a series of rules to ensure that there is no cheating and that all students have as close to the same test-taking experience as possible.

Before you take the ACT, you should familiarize yourself with these rules. You don’t want to start using some scratch paper that you brought and then be dismissed from the test and have your score canceled. Know the rules so you don’t find yourself in such a situation.

In this article, I’ll explain the rules for the ACT and the consequences for breaking them.

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ACT Admission Ticket? What It Is, How to Print, and What to Do If You Lose It

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 29, 2015 4:19:39 PM

ACT Logistics

If you’re planning on taking the ACT, you may know that you’ll need an admission ticket (and photo ID) to get into the testing center. Because ACT, Inc. makes such a big deal about these tickets, figuring out how to get it just right can be one of the most stressful parts of registering for the test. But don’t worry—the process isn’t as complicated as it seems.

This guide will walk you through exactly what the ACT admission ticket is, how to get one, and what to do if you lose yours (it’s not as bad you think!).

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Who Uses SAT/ACT Scores?

Your SAT/ACT score isn't a one-trick pony.

Wondering why your SAT/ACT scores are important? They’re used for more than just college admissions.

Get a list here of who uses SAT/ACT scores, and why. You may be surprised how late into life your SAT/ACT scores can follow you!

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How to Send ACT Scores to Colleges

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 27, 2015 5:59:20 PM

ACT Logistics

ACT scores are in, and now it’s time to move onto the next step - college applications! You may be wondering how to send your scores and whether you’re making the right choices about which ones you'll allow colleges to see. In this article, I’ll go through how to decide which scores to send and the way the process works overall.

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When's the Last ACT/SAT for Early Admissions Deadlines?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics, College Admissions

When’s the latest you can take the SAT or ACT if you’re submitting an Early Decision college application? You might be surprised by how late some colleges accept SAT and ACT scores... and how early others require theirs.

Read on to find out the latest you can take the SAT and ACT – and to get specific dates for top colleges.

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