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Best ACT Prep Books 2022

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Posted by Allen Cheng | May 17, 2022 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

There are numerous "Best ACT Books" lists out there. But we think most of them aren't very good or thorough, so I've tried to write a much better guide here.

In this article, you'll learn which books are absolutely critical for your ACT prep, which focus on improving individual sections, and which you'll need if you're aiming for a top score. Most importantly, you'll learn how to use these top-notch ACT prep books for effective studying.

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

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | May 7, 2022 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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ACT Test Dates: Full Guide to Choosing (2022, 2023)

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 20, 2022 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Looking for info on 2022-2023 ACT test dates? Knowing the correct ACT test dates is crucial for a solid test-taking plan. Though you might 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 tips on how to choose an ACT test date and go over which test dates work best for juniors, seniors, and more.

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Duke TIP ACT Score Requirements

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Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Mar 15, 2022 10:30:00 AM

ACT General Info, Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

Maybe you’ve read our article about Duke’s Talent Identification Program (TIP), maybe you’ve heard about it from other students, or maybe you did your own research. You've heard vague hints of "score requirements," but don't know exactly what that means—do you have to take the ACT in order to take part in TIP? How well do you have to do on the ACT in order to become a TIPster? (I refuse to believe that students who participate in TIP do not go by this name.)

There are ACT (or SAT) score requirements for the Duke TIP: specifically, there are score requirements for Summer Studies programs and eStudies courses. I'm going to cover this complicated topic in exhaustive detail, explaining what the programs are, what the ACT score requirements are, and giving you some tips on how to meet these requirements. These requirements all refer to the regular ACT, not the ACT Aspire or ACT EXPLORE.

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Complete List: Which Colleges Require ACT Writing?

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Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Mar 1, 2022 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? More importantly, do you know if your dream schools require or recommend this ACT section?

Check out our regularly updated list of schools to find out if the Writing ACT is worth your time and money. We'll then give you our top tips for acing the ACT Writing section.

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The Best ACT Online Practice Tests and Questions

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 7, 2022 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Studying for the ACT doesn’t have to include sitting in a library and flipping through piles of prep books. You can find lots of ACT study resources online! From official practice tests to short, targeted quizzes that make it easy to hone specific skills, you can study for the ACT whenever you have an internet connection.

However, if you find an ACT practice test online, it isn't guaranteed that it's a great resource. Some online ACT practice tests very different than the actual ACT, and using them won’t help you raise your score. Fortunately, in this guide, we’ve found all the best official and unofficial online ACT practice resources for you to use. We also end with tips to help you get the most out of these resources.

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Printable ACT Practice Tests PDFs: FREE and Official

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 9, 2022 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

No matter how you prep for the ACT—whether you have a tutor, take a class, or study by yourself—you must get access to official, printable ACT tests. The test below was released by ACT, Inc., and is the exact format you'll see on test day.

In this post, I'll tell you where you can find official, printable ACT practice tests with answer keys. I'll also give you key strategies to help you make big improvements on each practice test.

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SAT and ACT Test Dates: Find Your Best 2022 Testing Schedule

You know that you'll have to take the SAT or ACT and do well on it—but figuring out exactly when to take your exam can sometimes feel like the hardest part of the whole testing process. In this guide, we introduce all upcoming SAT and ACT dates for the 2022 testing year and explain what factors you must consider before committing to a test date.

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How Long Does It Take to Get ACT Scores Back?

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 7, 2022 5:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

After you take the ACT, the anticipation isn't over! You have to wait to get your scores. While the scores aren't available immediately, you don't actually have to wait too long to see your scores or have them sent to colleges.

This guide will go over when you can expect to see your ACT scores for each test date, as well as the differences in score release dates for students who took the ACT with Writing.

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Historical ACT Percentiles from 2021 to 2016

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Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Dec 23, 2021 4:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Whether you're currently studying to take the ACT or took it in 2016-2021, you might be curious about how your ACT percentile compares to students who took the ACT in past years.

In this article, we'll go over what percentiles are, how percentiles work on the ACT, and why ACT percentiles matter. We also lay out ACT percentile charts for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 so you can see how your score compares to historical ACT scores.

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How Many People Get a 34, 35, 36 on the ACT? Score Breakdown

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Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 25, 2021 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

We know that 36 is the best possible score on the ACT and that any score in the 30s is considered very good. But how good is a top score of 34, 35, or 36? And how many students earn these scores every year?

In this post, we break down just how rare those top scores are and how many students get them each year. Learn how you can stand out in the application process with a top score—and how to raise your ACT score to get there.

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ACT Percentiles and Score Rankings

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Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 25, 2021 5:30:00 PM

ACT General Info

What's the difference between a good ACT score and a great ACT score? One way colleges make that distinction is by looking at ACT score percentiles.

ACT score percentiles help colleges compare students with one another, rather than just looking at everyone's individual score. Learn more about your ACT score percentile so you can maximize both your study time and admission chances. Then, find out your current score percentile using our detailed charts.

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ACT Score Percentiles and Ranks (High-Precision 2022)

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Nov 24, 2021 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 2021, to calculate these ultra-high-precision percentiles.

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ACT Expert Guide: What's the Highest Possible ACT Score?

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Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 24, 2021 4:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

What is the highest possible score on the ACT, and how rare is it to get one? Whether you're just now diving into your ACT prep or have been at it for a while, you're probably wondering what the best score is. In this guide, we'll explore the odds of earning the maximum ACT score and give you tips and advice for reaching it.

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Average ACT Scores by State (Most Recent)

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Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 24, 2021 11:30:00 AM

ACT General Info

Did you recently get your ACT scores back and are now wondering how your score compares with those of other test takers in your state? Or perhaps you're curious as to how your state's average ACT score stacks up against other state averages.

For this article, we compiled the average ACT scores by state, as well as the average in each subject area, using the latest data from ACT, Inc. Read on to learn how your state's SAT data—and your ACT score—compares with the averages in the rest of the country.

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