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2017 & 2018 Full Review of Every SAT Test Date

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 29, 2017 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 2017-2018 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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ACT Expert Guide: What's the Highest Possible ACT Score?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 28, 2017 4:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

What is the highest possible score on the ACT, and how rare is it to get one? If you are just diving into your ACT studying, or even have been at it for a while, you might be wondering what the best score is. In this post we’ll explore the odds of the maximum ACT score and give you tips and advice to reach one.

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

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 19, 2017 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Just how much does a perfect (or near-perfect) ACT score stand out?

We know that 36 is the best possible score on the ACT and that any score in the 30s is considered very good. But just how good is a top score of 34, 35, or 36? And how many students earn those 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 much you can stand out in the application process with a top score—and how to raise your score to get there.

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Average ACT Score for 2017, 2016, 2015, and Earlier Years

Posted by Anna Aldric | Aug 19, 2017 10:00:00 PM

ACT General Info


In recent years, more and more students have been taking the ACT than ever before. But what does this change in participation rate mean for the average ACT score?

As you'll learn in this article, while ACT scores have been fairly stable in the last few years, there have been some dips and peaks in scores in the last 25 years. Let’s take a look at what’s happening.

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The Ultimate Free ACT Study Guide: Tips, Strategies, and Practice

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Aug 10, 2017 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

At PrepScholar, we've written the best online ACT prep guides available, covering everything you need to know to improve your score on the ACT. They're all available right here on our blog, and we think they beat any book you can purchase. What's more, they’re completely free!

This guide—our Ultimate ACT Prep Guide—collects all of our most important ACT study guides and articles in one place. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to ace the ACT and improve your college admission chances.

We'll start off by briefly going over how to use this guide. Then, we'll go section by section through the most critical pieces of information you'll need to know to get a high ACT score. Here's an outline of what this free ACT study guide includes:

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Average ACT Scores by State (Most Recent)

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM

ACT General Info

Which state will come out on top?

Have you recently gotten your ACT score? Wondering about how it compares to others in your state? Or are you curious as to how your state’s average ACT score stacks up in comparison to the rest of the country?

We’ve compiled the average ACT scores by state, as well as the average in each subject area, using the latest data from the test makers. Read on to learn how your state—and your score—compares to the rest of the country.

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Colleges That Superscore ACT: Complete List

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 9, 2017 9:30:00 AM

ACT General Info, College Admissions

Are you taking the ACT? Before registering, you should know how admissions officers look at your scores. Do they consider Math, Science, Reading, and English individually, or do they care more about the composite score?

You might be relieved to hear that many colleges “superscore” your ACT scores by taking the best subscores across all your test dates and creating the strongest possible composite score. Read on for the full list of colleges that superscore the ACT, followed by some tips on how you can use this policy to your advantage. 

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Should You Take the ACT With or Without Writing?

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Writing

Because ACT Writing is optional, many students are unsure whether they need to add the extra 40 minutes to the test. However, there’s a simple answer to whether you should take the ACT with writing or without writing: it depends on whether the colleges you want to apply to require a writing score.

This guide will talk you through how the ACT writing got started, how to determine whether you should take the ACT with or without Writing, and some other considerations you may want to keep in mind.

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ACT Percentiles and Score Rankings

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 1, 2017 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.

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

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2017 & 2018 Full Review of Every ACT Test Date

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

ACT General Info

Choosing an ACT test date can be difficult because what works for one person won't necessarily work for someone else. Ultimately, whether a test date is good for you depends on how soon you want to start prepping, what your goal scores are, and whether you have any obligations around that time.

In this guide, we give you the pros and cons of all upcoming ACT test dates and explain which dates work well—as well as which ones don't work so well—for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

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Expert Review: The Official ACT Prep Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 15, 2017 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

Looking for official ACT practice? The Real ACT Prep Guide (or The Official ACT Prep Guide) is a great resource.

In this article, I'll provide a review of the current Official ACT Prep Guide, including positives and negatives of the new guide, how it differs from the Real ACT Prep Guide 3rd Edition, and whether or not you should buy it to help you through the study process. 

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7 Top Tips for Saving Money on SAT and ACT Prep

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 26, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Getting into college is a great feeling — but having to spend money on SAT/ACT test prep? Not so great. Let’s be honest: most people would rather put their ACT or SAT money toward something a little more exciting.

But the good news is, you don’t need to spend all of your cash on test prep, as long as you know which resources to use and how to spend your money wisely. In this guide, we give you 12 tips and resources that are guaranteed to help you save money on test prep.

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Important: Read This Before Sending ACT Scores to Colleges

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jun 22, 2017 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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Complete Official ACT Practice Tests, Free Links

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jun 16, 2017 11:00:00 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 ACT tests. These tests are released by ACT, Inc., and contain real questions given to actual students on previous test dates. These questions have been removed from circulation (so you won't ever see them on a real test), but their quality is second to none when it comes to ACT realism.

In this post, I'll tell you how to find all currently available official ACT practice tests. Most are free and offer a good way to get your feet wet with ACT prep. We'll also discuss how to use these tests to improve your ACT score.

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Historical ACT Percentiles for 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 29, 2017 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

For those currently taking the ACT or those who took the ACT in 2013-2016, you may wonder: how does your percentile compare to students with the same score in other years? In this guide, I'll explain what percentiles are, how they work for the ACT, and why they matter. I'll also give you ACT percentile charts for 2013-2016, so you can see how your scores stack up against historical ones.

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