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My ACT/SAT Test Cancelled Due to Coronavirus. Now What?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 25, 2020 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

ACT and SAT dates in March, April, May, and June 2020 have been canceled due to COVID-19. If you’ve been caught in these cancellations, you’re probably feeling pretty stressed out. When will you get to retake your test? And is there a special process for registering for the SAT after cancellation? 

If these unknowns have left you feeling confused about how to handle ACT/SAT score requirements for your college applications, let us help you out. In this article, we’ll walk you through what to do after your SAT or ACT test has canceled. We’ll explain: 

  • How to transfer your registration for a canceled exam
  • How to cancel your registration if you don’t want to move your exam date
  • If there are special accommodations for certain groups of students 
  • How to choose the right option for you

We’ll also go over the available next steps for students who haven’t taken the ACT/SAT yet but want to enroll in college in Fall 2020

We know there can be a lot of anxiety surrounding test scores, but rest assured — you have options!

 

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21 Delightful ACT Memes

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 16, 2020 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

The ACT can be a slog. First you have to do all that studying, then spend a bunch of hours taking the test, then wait weeks for your scores to get back. Do you know what makes it better? Memes. This guide contains 21 of the most relatable ACT 2020 memes out there, from the frustration at not being able to use a mechanical pencil to finding out your scores have been delayed. And yes, there is a baby Yoda ACT meme too.

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Printable ACT Practice Tests PDFs: 7 FREE Official Tests

Posted by Allen Cheng | Apr 11, 2020 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 2020

Posted by Allen Cheng | Apr 11, 2020 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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ACT Standard Deviation: What It Means for You

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Apr 8, 2020 4:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you've ever come across a table listing all the ACT score percentiles, you may have seen the ACT standard deviation listed at the bottom for composite and section scores. Sadly, there is no explanation for what the standard deviation being that value means; instead, the tables just throw the data out there and move on.

So how does knowing the mean and standard deviation of ACT help you? We'll discuss what standard deviation is and what it means for you and your ACT score in this article.

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Full List of 1,000+ Colleges That Don't Require ACT Scores

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 1, 2020 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, College Admissions

Applying to college usually means writing some essays, asking for letters of recommendation, and submitting your transcripts. But what about the ACT and SAT? Is the ACT required for college? The answer is, not necessarily!

In this guide, we explain what test-optional colleges are and give you the complete list of 1,000+ colleges that don’t require ACT scores from applicants. We also offer a few tips for what to do with these ACT-optional college lists.

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ACT Test Dates: Full Guide to Choosing (2020, 2021)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 29, 2020 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Looking for info on 2020-2021 ACT test dates? Knowing the most accurate 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.

NOTE: Because of COVID-19, the April 4, 2020 ACT exam has cancelled, and future test dates may also be cancelled. If you're looking for more information on how COVID-19 is impacting ACT test dates, check out our complete guide.

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How Long Does It Take to Get ACT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 23, 2020 5:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

After you take the ACT, the anticipation isn't over! Now, 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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When Is the April ACT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 23, 2020 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info


If you're planning to take the ACT in the spring, you might be wondering: should you take the April ACT? Or will you be better off taking the ACT on a different test date?

In this article, we cover everything you need to know about the April ACT, including when the exam is, whether your scores will get to your schools in time, and the pros and cons of taking the ACT in April.

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What Is a Good ACT Score for Nursing School?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 19, 2020 11:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, College Admissions

Getting into nursing school can be pretty competitive, so you might be wondering how your ACT score will affect your chances of getting accepted into your dream school. The answer to this question can vary depending on what kind of nursing program you choose, what schools you apply to, and how your other application materials look. 

Different nursing programs handle ACT scores differently, so it’s important to find out as much information as possible about the significance of ACT scores in nursing school admissions. 

In this article, we’ll help you understand how ACT scores affect your nursing school admissions chances by covering the following

  • The different types of nursing programs you can apply to 
  • The general application process for four-year bachelors of nursing programs 
  • How your ACT score factors into your nursing school application, and what a "good" ACT score is for nursing school admission
  • Explaining how ACT scores fit into the admissions process at six of the best nursing programs in the United States 
  • Giving you five expert tips for achieving an ACT score that will help you stand out in the nursing school admissions process

So keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the ACT score needed for nursing school! 

 

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Historical ACT Percentiles for 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Mar 16, 2020 4:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Whether you're currently studying to take the ACT or took it in 2015-2019, 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 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 so you can see how your score compares to historical ACT scores.

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Complete List: Which Colleges Require ACT Writing? 100+ Schools

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Mar 1, 2020 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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Free ACT Practice Tests: Massive Collection of Online Sources

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Feb 9, 2020 10:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

When you're trying to prepare for the ACT, the last thing you want to worry about is finding ACT practice tests. To help make the process a little less stressful for you, we've compiled this huge list of sources for free ACT practice tests and questions.

Not all practice tests are created equal, though. For each test source, I'll talk about how you can use the practice material to best prepare for the ACT.

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Free Older Official ACT Practice Tests

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Feb 8, 2020 12:30:00 PM

ACT General Info

There's one thing that every student studying for the ACT definitely needs: practice tests that are almost identical to what you will face on test day. No matter how you study, we've found that most students really benefit from taking a full ACT practice test several times in as close to official test-taking conditions as possible. This is the best way to get comfortable with the pace, timing, and format of the exam, and to work on both your endurance and stress-management techniques.

So how do you get your hands on enough ACT tests to put yourself in the hot seat for practice? In this article, we'll link to all the official tests and question sets released by ACT, Inc. and give you suggestions on where to find others so that you have more than enough practice materials to get ready for this important college admissions test.

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Official ACT to SAT (New 1600 and Old 2400) Conversion Charts

Posted by Halle Edwards | Feb 3, 2020 3:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT, ACT General Info, SAT General Info

One of the first thoughts you might have after getting back your ACT or SAT score is how well you would have done on the other test. Luckily, SAT to ACT conversion (and ACT to SAT conversion) is possible!

In this post, we provide conversion charts from the test makers themselves to help you with score conversions between both the current and old versions of the SAT and the ACT. We also look at whether certain colleges go easier on the SAT or ACT—and what you can do about it.

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