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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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Exactly How Long Should You Study for the ACT? A 6-Step Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

In planning your ACT prep, you probably want to know how long you need to study. Is it weeks or months? Is it dozens of hours or hundreds?

The answer to these questions depends on a variety of factors, including your target score and how comfortable you already are with the test material. There’s no reason to torture yourself with endless studying if your scores are already in the right range for your top choice schools. On the other hand, if you're still pretty far away from the scores you want, you may have to work harder than you think.

In this guide, I'll show you how to figure out how much you need to improve, how many hours you need to spend to get there, and how you should build a study schedule before your next real ACT.

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What to Do With a Low SAT/ACT Score

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Dec 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

You got your SAT/ACT score back, and it isn't what you'd hoped it'd be. Even though the SAT and ACT are each just a few hours long, the score you get often counts for a third or more of college admissions and can therefore have a big impact on your future.

The fact that you're looking for solutions is a good first step. It's important, now more than ever, not to freak out and to instead calmly plan the best steps forward. In this article, we go over our top four tips for what to do with a low SAT or ACT score.

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High GPA but Low ACT Score: What Do You Do?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 13, 2017 6:30:00 PM

ACT Strategies

You do great in school, but you just can’t get that score you want on the ACT. If you're a great student but not as great a standardized test taker, don't worry: you aren't alone.

In this post, I'll let you know what ACT scores qualify as low, what message those scores send to admissions officers, and what you can do to improve your chances of getting into a good school.

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18 ACT Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Score

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies

Looking for some quick fixes to improve your ACT scores? Look no further. In this article, we give you several tips and tricks for the ACT so that you can get your best possible scores on every section.

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How to Cram for the ACT: 10-Day, 4-Point Prep Plan

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 1, 2017 8:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

If you’ve found this article, I assume it’s crunch time, and your ACT test date is in the next couple weeks. If you do not fall into this category (you have a bit of time—one month or more—before your test date), you can still read this guide for some study strategies, but I recommend you take advantage of all the time you have by spreading your ACT preparation out. Don't wait until the last 10 days to cram.

Though quality matters in your ACT prep, quantity is also important: you have to invest a lot of time if you want to see big improvements. You can make a lot of progress in 10 days, but you need to dedicate the necessary time to improve your ACT score. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps to raise your score by up to four points in just 10 days. 

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How to Get 36 on ACT Math: 8 Strategies by a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 16, 2017 5:20:00 PM

ACT Strategies, ACT Math

 

Are you scoring in the 26-34 range on ACT Math? Do you want to raise that score as high as possible—to a perfect 36?

Getting to a 36 ACT Math score isn't easy. It'll require perfection. But with hard work and my strategies below, you'll be able to do it. I've scored 36 on Math on all my ACTs, and I know what it takes. Follow my advice, and you'll get a perfect score—or get very close.

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How to Get 36 on ACT Science: 13 Strategies From a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Science

Are you scoring between 26-34 on ACT Science? Do you want to raise that score as high as possible - to a perfect 36?

Getting to a 36 ACT Science score isn't easy. It'll require perfection. But with hard work and my strategies below, you'll be able to do it. I've consistently scored 36 on Science on my real ACTs, and I know what it takes. Follow my advice, and you'll get a perfect score - or very close.

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How to Get 36 on ACT English: 10 Strategies From a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 14, 2017 7:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies, ACT English

Are you scoring in the 26–34 range on ACT English? Do you want to raise that score as high as possible—to a perfect 36?

Getting to a 36 ACT English score isn't easy. It'll require near perfection and mastery of both grammar rules and rhetorical skills. But with hard work and my ACT English strategies below, you'll be able to do it. I've consistently scored 36 on English on my real ACTs, and I know what it takes. Follow my advice, and you'll get a perfect score—or get very close.

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How to Improve Your ACT Reading Score: 8 Expert Tips

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Reading

Are you struggling with ACT Reading scores between 14 and 24? You're not alone—hundreds of thousands of students are scoring in this range. But many don't know the best ways to break out of this score range and score 26 or higher.

Here, we'll discuss how to improve your ACT Reading score effectively, and why it's so important to do so. Unlike other fluffy articles out there, I'm focusing on actionable strategies. Put these eight strategies to work, and I'm confident you'll be able to improve your ACT score.

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How to Get 36 on ACT Reading: 11 Strategies from a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Sep 29, 2017 9:14:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Reading

Are you scoring in the 26–34 range on ACT Critical Reading? Do you want to raise that score as high as possible—to a perfect 36?

Getting to a 36 ACT Reading score isn't easy. It'll require perfection. But with hard work and my strategies below, you'll be able to do it. I've consistently scored 36 on Reading on my real ACTs, and I know what it takes. Follow my advice, and you'll get a perfect score—or get very close.

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How to Get a 30 (or Higher!) on the ACT: 9 Key Tips

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jul 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

A 30 ACT score is a solid goal to have for test day. But how difficult is it to get a 30? How many questions can you miss? And what kinds of schools can you get into with a 30? 

In this guide, we teach you how to get a 30 on the ACT with our nine top tips, covering everything from starting your prep through picking answers on test day. In fact, the tips in this article will help you even if you're shooting for a higher or lower score, like a 32 or a 29.

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Q&A: How and Why Should I Keep Track of Time on the SAT or ACT?

Posted by Laura Registrato | May 4, 2017 11:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

If you want to do well on the SAT or ACT, keeping track of time and how many questions you have left is extremely important. 

Sections are 35-60 minutes long on the ACT and 25-65 minutes long on the SAT. One of the leading reasons students perform poorly on either test is that they run out of time. And one of the leading reasons students run out of time is not because they're not aware of how much time is left.

We'll go over the best way to keep track of time on the SAT/ACT in this article, including what timekeeping devices are and are not permitted on test day.

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1-Month ACT Study Plan: How to Raise Your Score Quickly

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

Only got a month until the ACT? No worries! In this guide, we offer you our best tips and advice on how to study for the ACT in a month. First, we’ll discuss the feasibility of a one-month ACT prep plan and the four critical steps you must take to get started. Then, we’ll provide you with our best high-impact tips to help you get the ACT score you need for college.

NOTE: This article largely assumes you’ll be studying for the ACT on your own. For additional help, contact our expert ACT tutors or get started with our customizable online ACT prep course!

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SAT / ACT Study Guide: Schedule and Plan for One Year or More

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

You're serious about studying for the SAT. You have a year or more to study, and you want to put a real effort into it.

Is studying this much worth it? What are the payoffs? And most importantly, what's the best way to study for the SAT / ACT on the year-or-more level? This post answers those questions!

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