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What Exactly Is the ACT Aspire? Why Should You Care?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 4, 2018 7:00:00 PM

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In 2014, ACT Inc. replaced the ACT Plan – a pre-test very similar to the ACT – with the ACT Aspire. Aspire has a very different format, age range, and goals than either the ACT Plan or the regular ACT.

So why did the ACT release a new test, and how can it help you prepare for the ACT? We will explore what makes Aspire unique and what you can expect from it.

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What's Actually Tested on the ACT Math Section? Concepts, Subjects, and Skills

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 1, 2018 5:30:00 PM

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Are you preparing for the ACT? You’re probably wondering what you need to know to be ready for the math section. For many students, the math section can be the most stressful part of the ACT because of its breadth and time difficulty.

In this post, we'll break down exactly what will appear on the ACT math test, with sample questions. We'll also give you the resources you need to start studying so you can get the best score possible.

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How Many Times Can You Take the ACT?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 31, 2018 6:00:00 PM

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If you keep improving every time you take the ACT, should you take it as many times as you can to get the highest score? Even though you can take the ACT up to 12 times, that doesn't necessarily mean that you should. Let's look at when you should retake the test, and when it's time to pack up and call it a day.

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Do You Need to Take Both the ACT and SAT?

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jan 22, 2018 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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How Many People Get a 34, 35, 36 on the ACT? Score Breakdown

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 17, 2018 11:00:00 PM

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

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How Long Is the ACT With Breaks?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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