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Do You Need ACT Scores to Transfer Colleges? A Guide

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Posted by Alex Heimbach | Oct 27, 2021 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, College Admissions

One of the most complicated parts of transferring colleges is determining what the requirements are, especially when it comes to standardized tests. Unfortunately, there's no simple answer to the question of whether you need to take the ACT as a transfer student, but this guide will walk you through how different school policies vary and explain how much SAT and ACT scores count when applying as a transfer.

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The Best SAT and ACT Test Dates for Senior Fall

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 19, 2021 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Senior year is coming up, and you're ready to take a last shot at the SAT or ACT before applying to college. But when should you take the test? And how can you ensure that your scores make it to colleges on time?

Read on to see a list of the fall and winter test dates as well as a detailed guide on how to choose the best date for your situation.

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Do You Need to Take Both the ACT and SAT?

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Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 1, 2021 12:00:00 PM

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As a high school student, I took both the SAT and the ACT. I’d been taking the SAT every couple of years since I was in middle school, so I planned to focus primarily on it. However, as a public school student in Colorado, I was required to take the ACT by my school. My scores on the two tests were relatively similar and I ended up submitting both.

Taking both tests, whether because of school requirements or personal preference, has become an increasingly common choice for students, especially those applying to top colleges. Though it isn’t necessary to take both the ACT and SAT, doing so might be the right plan for you. This guide will walk you through the pro and cons of taking both tests.

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ACT Test Dates 2021-2022

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 16, 2021 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Here at PrepScholar, we understand how important it is to pick the right ACT test date. Choose a date that's too early and you won't have enough time to study. However, choose a date that's too late and you may not be able to retake the exam, if needed, or get your scores to colleges by their deadlines. 

To help make choosing the best ACT test date easier, we constantly review data to keep you up-to-date on new ACT testing dates. When you know future ACT registration and exam dates, you can stay organized so you can focus on studying for the test with less stress.

In this article, we go over the confirmed ACT test dates for 2021-2022 and explain the steps to take to pick the best ACT test date for you.

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What Does ACT Stand For? The Complete Story

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Jul 15, 2021 4:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

The ACT is the second-most popular college admissions standardized test in the US, with the number of test-takers close to 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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Upcoming ACT Test Dates 2022-2023

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 8, 2021 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Future ACT dates are only officially confirmed about a year or year and a half in advance. However, here at PrepScholar we've researched patterns from previous testing years to predict future ACT test dates and help you plan your exam schedule. Having an idea of when future ACT test dates will be can help you organize your schedule and know when to register and begin studying for the test.

In this article, we discuss the anticipated ACT test dates for 2022-2023 and explain how you can use them to be well-prepared for the date you decide is best for you.

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Is the ACT Hard? 9 Key Factors, Considered

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 7, 2021 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

The ACT is a nerve-wracking test considering the impact scores can have on college admissions prospects. But how hard is the ACT, really? It's intimidating, sure, but it's not as difficult as it seems. The material on the ACT becomes much less challenging if you're familiar with the structure of the test and the way questions are asked.

In this article, I'll go over a few aspects of the ACT that tend to make it more or less difficult and provide essential tips on how to get past some of these obstacles and end up with a great score!

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How to Teach the ACT: A Guide for Tutors and Parents

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Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jun 28, 2021 8:30:00 AM

ACT General Info

I spent four years as a test-prep tutor, working with students on all aspects of the ACT and SAT. When I started out, I knew how to take the tests, but I wasn't that good at teaching them. Over the years, however, I've learned a lot about how to be an effective teacher, and it's largely not about the kinds of tips and tricks you might expect. 

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Why Take the ACT? 5 Important Reasons

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Posted by Vero Lecocq | Jun 1, 2021 5:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Standardized testing isn't most people's idea of fun—quite the opposite actually. Why take the ACT, then? And is it a better choice than the SAT? You may have heard that many colleges have become test optional (either temporarily or permanently) because of the coronavirus pandemic and are wondering if it's still worth it to take the ACT. Read this article to help you decide if taking the ACT is the right choice for you.

Standardized test scores are an important part of college admissions, but they also have value beyond that: taking the ACT can earn you tens of thousands of dollars in financial aid or help you get a job! Below are the five key reasons why to take the ACT.

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Do SAT and ACT Scores Matter? Here's What You Should Know

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 21, 2021 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many institutions have gone to a test-optional admissions model, where students won’t be penalized for not submitting test scores as part of their application. And over recent years, some universities have adopted a permanent test optional policy. 

So if many colleges aren’t requiring test scores…do SAT scores matter? Do ACT scores matter? And should you take a standardized test at all? 

The good news is that this article will help you understand the general importance of SAT/ACT scores and whether you should take the SAT or ACT. We’ll go over:  

  • What test-flexible, test-optional, and test blind admissions policies are
  • Why schools care about standardized tests...and why they can be controversial
  • Four tips to decide whether you should take the SAT and ACT

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

 

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What Do Ivy League Schools Think of the ACT?

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Posted by Alex Heimbach | Mar 15, 2021 7:30:00 PM

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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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The 4 Best ACT Apps (and How to Use Them in Your Prep)

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 5, 2021 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

You can use apps to order food, watch sports, keep up with friends, and even study for the ACT. ACT apps are a somewhat recent phenomenon, but they're pretty appealing. After all, studying on your phone sounds like way more fun than studying from a book.

Even though apps are not enough to prepare you for the test on their own, they can be a helpful resource. In this article, I'll explain what ACT prep apps are, list the best ACT apps (most of which are free!), and offer tips on how to use them effectively.

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Historical ACT Percentiles for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 31, 2020 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

For those currently taking the ACT or who took it in 2011-2015, you might wonder: how does your percentile compare with students who got 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 2011-2015 so you can see how your scores stack up against historical ones.

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Average ACT Scores: What They Mean For You

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Posted by Alex Heimbach | Oct 18, 2020 7:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, ACT General Info

The average ACT score for US students is a 20.6. The middle 50% of students score between a 16 and a 25. The following chart breaks down the nationwide average by section:

English

Math

Reading

Science

19.2

20.2

21.2

20.6

 

However, when you’re thinking about college admissions the nationwide average isn’t important: what really matters is the average score of the students you’re being compared with.

If you’re a high achieving student applying to very selective schools you’ll need a score much higher than the national average. If, on the other hand, you’re applying to certain state schools, a 20 is a totally acceptable score.

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Average ACT Score for 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and Earlier Years

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Posted by Anna Aldric | Oct 17, 2020 5:11:00 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 30 years. Let's take a look at what's happening.

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