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ACT Prep

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If you’re researching the ACT or your student plans on taking it in the near future, we have extensive knowledge of the test and how to prepare for it.

When to Take the ACT

Your child should plan on taking the ACT at least 2 months prior to the application deadlines of the colleges they’ll be applying to. Depending on whether the test is taken with or without writing, the scores are released within 2-8 weeks from the test date. Some students may wish to take the ACT their junior year to give them more of an idea of their competencies and interests while looking at colleges. This will also give the student plenty of time if they wish to retake the test.

What to Expect

The ACT is a college admissions exam that covers the following subjects:

  • Science
  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • English

The test features 215 multiple choice questions and takes about 3.5 hours to complete. If your child is looking to use English or literature as part of their major, they should take the ACT Plus Writing, which includes a 30 minute writing test. In this case, the test will take just over four hours, including a short intermission. The ACT is administered six times throughout the year and test fees include reports for up to four colleges. Visit the ACT official website for more answers to frequently asked questions or register online.

How We’ll Prepare

We offer a free consultation for ACT prep to get to know your child’s strengths and weaknesses and plan our areas of focus in the weeks to come. Unlike the SAT, the ACT’s 4 mandatory components include science and the writing test is optional. We’ll cover material from all of the subjects on the test, focusing on those that require the most improvement. In addition to studying the subject matter and taking practice tests, we’ll teach your child how to make educated guesses and ensure they’re flowing through questions at an adequate speed.

Ready to watch your child walk confidently into their ACT test? We’re ready to help them get there.