SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

How Long Is the ACT With Breaks?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 4, 2018 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

While the test-taking part of the ACT is strictly timed at 2 hours and 55 minutes, the actual time you'll spend in the testing room is longer due to breaks, check in, and other factors. This guide will take a closer look at how long the ACT is with breaks and the amount of time you can plan to spend at your testing center.

First, let's consider how long the exam itself is versus how long your whole test-taking experience will be.

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How to Calculate Your ACT Composite Score, Plus 5 Strategies

Posted by Allen Cheng | Dec 31, 2017 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

Your ACT Composite Score is an important part of your college applications. In this guide, we show you how exactly to calculate your ACT Composite Score from each of your section scores. More importantly, we give you custom strategies on how to use your Composite Score to adapt your ACT prep. Read on...

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How Is the ACT Scored?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Dec 22, 2017 12:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

If you’re beginning to study for the ACT, you’re probably wondering how the ACT is scored. Understanding the ACT scoring system can give you a huge leg up as you set goals and make a study plan.

Read on to learn how the ACT is scored, section by section, with official ACT scoring charts. We also include our five top strategies related to ACT scoring so you can use this information to your advantage.

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How Long Is the ACT? | ACT Expert Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Dec 8, 2017 11:30:00 AM

ACT General Info

Getting ready for the ACT exam goes beyond just reviewing trigonometry and grammar rules. Doing well on the ACT requires pacing and stamina so you can keep up your focus over hours of testing. So just how long is the ACT test? And how many questions do you have to answer per minute? Learn the ins and outs of ACT timing so you know how to maximize your time on the ACT. 

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Your ACT Superscore Calculator

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 29, 2017 7:30:00 AM

SAT/ACT Score Target, ACT General Info

Planning and trying to reach your ACT target score can be stressful and frustrating. You got a 36 in Math on one test date and a 35 in Reading on another test date. Why can’t you just get all of your highest individual section scores on the same test date?

If you’re applying to colleges that superscore the ACT, you don’t have to worry about that. So what is an ACT superscore? And how do you calculate it? In this post, I’ll explain what superscoring means, how to create your own ACT superscore calculator, and how superscoring affects your test-prep strategy.

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ACT Score Chart: Raw Score Conversion to Scaled Score

Posted by Anna Aldric | Nov 8, 2017 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you've taken an ACT practice test, you've probably wondered how the questions you answer on each test section translate to a final score out of 36 points. What is a raw ACT score? What about a scale score? How does one score affect the other?

In this article, we explain what the equating process for the ACT is and give you info on how your raw scores translate to scale scores for each section of the test.

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ACT Hand Scoring: Should You Order It?

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

ACT General Info

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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ACT Test Information Release: Should You Order It?

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

ACT General Info

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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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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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

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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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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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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