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Printable ACT Practice Tests PDFs: 5 FREE Official Tests

Posted by Allen Cheng | Nov 7, 2017 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. These tests are released by ACT, Inc., and contain real questions given to actual students on previous test dates. Although all of these questions have been removed from circulation (meaning you won't ever see them on the real ACT), their quality is second to none when it comes to realistic ACT practice. 

In this post, I'll tell you where you can find all 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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Best ACT Prep Books 2018

Posted by Allen Cheng | Nov 7, 2017 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. 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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Colleges That Superscore ACT: Complete List

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Oct 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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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ACT Hand Scoring: Should You Order It?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 11, 2017 10:00:00 PM

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Did your ACT scores seem way out of whack? Enough that you think there was an error in the scoring process? It’s possible to get your test rescored manually for a fee. 

Read on to find out why you might decide to use ACT Score Verification (also known as ACT Hand Scoring) and how you can order it.

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Colleges With Guaranteed Admission for SAT/ACT Scores

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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ACT Test Information Release: Should You Order It?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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If you’re hoping to find out more information about your ACT scores or use your test as a study aid, you should think about ordering Test Information Release. I’ll go through what’s included in TIR, why you should strongly consider ordering it, and how to order it for your test.

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ACT Scoring Error: Did You Get Someone Else's Scores by Mistake?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

Did you take the ACT and get a lower score than you expected? Do you think there may have been a scoring error? Maybe you filled in a section incorrectly or your exam wasn’t graded properly? Scoring errors on the ACT are rare, but they are possible, and there are ways to identify and correct these errors.

This guide will go over the steps you need to take in order to verify your scores, as well as what you should do to improve your score on future ACTs if there was no grading error.

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How to Build an ACT Study Plan: 4 Sample Schedules

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

The best way to attack the ACT is to use an ACT study plan. With a study plan, you can manage your prep time more easily, figure out your weaknesses, and hone the skills you need to get the score you want on test day.

We give you four top-notch ACT plans to choose from, based on your ACT score goals. Before we take a look at those, though, let’s go over the benefits of having an ACT schedule and the steps needed to find the right ACT study plan for you.

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Which States Require the ACT? Full List and Advice

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Sep 1, 2017 8:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Over the past five years, the number of states that administer the ACT statewide has more than doubled: there are now 12 states that require every junior to take the test and eight more that either require the test in some districts or offer it as a free option for students who wish to take it.

This post explains why these programs exist, which states have them, and how you can take advantage of them if you live in one of these states. 

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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

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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

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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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