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2018 & 2019 Full Review of Every ACT Test Date

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 15, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Figuring out the best ACT test date for you isn’t always easy, especially if you’re stuck debating between two or more upcoming ACTs. Before you choose a date, ask yourself: which date will work best with your schedule? Will you have any obligations or extracurriculars around that time? When are your college application deadlines?

This guide introduces all upcoming ACT test dates for the 2018-19 testing year and also offers specific advice on the best possible dates for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

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What Is ACT Standby? How Do You Get It?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 23, 2018 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Need to take the ACT on the next test date but missed the late registration deadline? Luckily, even if it's already past the late registration deadline for an ACT test date, you might still be able to take the test by signing up for standby testing. But what exactly is standby testing? How do you sign up for it? Read on to learn how to request standby testing for the ACT and why you might do it.

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Should You Send the 4 Free ACT Score Reports?

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Logistics

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Or is there?

When you register for the ACT, you have the option to send your score reports to four colleges for free. So doesn’t it make sense to send them? Especially since the rest of the college admissions process can be so costly, shouldn’t you save money where you can?

Maybe, but it could actually hurt your applications if you're not careful. We will examine this issue in-depth and help you make a smart decision in regard to whether to use the four free ACT score reports or not.

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PreACT Practice Tests: Where to Find Them and How to Prep

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 30, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, Other High School

Getting ready to take the PreACT? Then you might be wondering whether you should prep for it—and what resources you can use. Is there a PreACT practice test you can take? What kinds of PreACT resources does ACT, Inc. offer?

Keep reading to learn why it’s a good idea to lightly prep for the PreACT, and get a comprehensive list of the best PreACT practice tests and materials you can use in your studying.

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When Is the PreACT? 2018 PreACT Test Dates

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 30, 2018 11:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

If you’re planning to take the ACT, it’s a good idea to take the PreACT, too. This test is essentially a practice ACT for high school sophomores. But exactly when is the PreACT? Are there multiple PreACT test dates you can choose from? We answer these questions and more in this guide. In addition, we give you a few key tips on how to prep for the PreACT.

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How to Cheat on the ACT

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 13, 2018 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Disclaimer: we are not going to tell you how to cheat on the ACT. What we will tell you about are things you can get in trouble for, along with high-profile cheating scandals that have happened recently and in past years. We do not advocate cheating by any means!

Let's take a look at some of these scandals, as well as make sure you're aware of all the rules and regulations of test day so you don't inadvertently jeopardize your scores or chance of college admissions.

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ACT Exact Start Time and End Time

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 4, 2018 8:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

In addition to all your ACT studying, you need to prepare for test day. When exactly does the ACT start? What time will you hand in your scantron sheet, gather your arsenal of No. 2 pencils, and leave the test center? Is timing the same for all students, or does it vary by location?

This guide will go over the exact start and end time of the ACT so you can plan your Saturday morning. Assuming you haven't arranged an alternative testing date or other accommodations, what time do you need to arrive?

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What Does ACT Stand For? The Complete Story

Posted by Allen Cheng | Apr 3, 2018 4:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

The ACT is now the most popular college admissions standardized test in the US, with the number of test-takers exceeding that of the SAT.

But what does ACT actually stand for, and why does this actually matter? We answer all your questions in this guide.

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ACT Rules and Regulations: What You HAVE to Know

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 2, 2018 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 important 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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What's Actually Tested on the ACT Science Section? Skills and Topics

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Are you studying for the ACT? Not sure what to expect from the science section? You might be surprised to know that the science section one of the most commonly misunderstood parts of the ACT.

So what exactly is tested on the ACT science section? And how much science do you need to know to do well? We'll break down this section for you with example questions so you know exactly what to expect.

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What Do Ivy League Schools Think of the ACT?

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Mar 15, 2018 7:30:00 PM

SAT versus ACT, ACT General Info

As an ACT tutor, I often fielded questions about whether the test would be looked down on by admissions officers, especially those at Ivy League schools. Because the SAT was the dominant college admissions test for so long, many students and parents worry that—at least in the Northeast—schools still prefer the SAT over the ACT. However, that time has definitely passed, and schools will now accept either test equally.

Read on for a more in-depth explanation of how Ivy League schools view the ACT today, and learn the differences in testing policies that might affect your decision to take the ACT or SAT.

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ACT Aspire Practice Tests: Where to Find Free Tests

Has your school district started using ACT Aspire? Because Aspire only rolled out a few years ago (2014), it's possible you have a lot of questions about what the test will be like.

Want to get some practice before you take it for real? We'll give you links to free practice tests for each section of Aspire and explain how to best prepare for the test.

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What Exactly Is the ACT Aspire? Why Should You Care?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 4, 2018 7:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

In 2014, ACT Inc. replaced the ACT Plan – a pre-test very similar to the ACT – with the ACT Aspire. Aspire has a very different format, age range, and goals than either the ACT Plan or the regular ACT.

So why did the ACT release a new test, and how can it help you prepare for the ACT? We will explore what makes Aspire unique and what you can expect from it.

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What's Actually Tested on the ACT Math Section? Concepts, Subjects, and Skills

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 1, 2018 5:30:00 PM

ACT General Info

Are you preparing for the ACT? You’re probably wondering what you need to know to be ready for the math section. For many students, the math section can be the most stressful part of the ACT because of its breadth and time difficulty.

In this post, we'll break down exactly what will appear on the ACT math test, with sample questions. We'll also give you the resources you need to start studying so you can get the best score possible.

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Colleges With Guaranteed Admission for SAT/ACT Scores

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 15, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info, College Admissions

Some colleges will guarantee admission to applicants who meet certain requirements for test scores and GPA. These schools are good choices for students who are looking for sure bets in the college application process.

In this guide, I've compiled every single school that offers guaranteed admission based on SAT/ACT scores, along with other requirements like residency and GPA. If you're lucky, you'll fit the criteria at one or more of these colleges and be 100% certain of your acceptance if you choose to apply.

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