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Most colleges and universities utilize the American College Test (ACT) as their entrance exam to evaluate and make admission decisions. The ACT is designed to assess a high school student’s preparation for college and give universities a single piece of comparable data to evaluate all candidates. Standardized test results will be compared to students’ high school GPA, courses they took, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays by college admissions officers. It varies from school to school how significant ACT scores are in the college admission process.

Why should I take
the ACT?

To get into American colleges, students must take a standardized test recognized by them. The ACT offers a college admissions test score, college course placement, and a career planning component for a reasonable price, making it of good value. And by taking the ACT, you students make themselves known to colleges and scholarship organizations all around the nation.

Who can take
the ACT?

Almost all students are permitted to take the ACT. Students commonly take the ACT in their junior year; however, it can be taken at any grade level from sixth to twelfth. Graduates of high school are also eligible to take the exam. But to take the test, students must register online on the ACT site and pay the required fees.

Registering for
the ACT

The ACT registration process can be completed most easily online; making a student account online is the first step. The benefits of online registration include the ability to print the admittance ticket and verify that there is a spot available at the test location of choice.

The applicant’s name, residence, and high school information are required for the simple online registration process. Students can choose and change their test dates once they have a student account. They can also pay for their registration with a credit card, examine their test results, choose which colleges they want to receive their score reports from, and enter or amend their high school grades. Only those under the age of 13 or those unable to pay with a credit card must register by mail.

When to take
the ACT

At least a few months before the deadline for college or scholarship applications, one should take the ACT. Students often have access to their test results in less than two weeks. Schools receive them after this, but the precise timing depends on a few variables. The last test date students can take can be found by contacting the school. This is usually the exam in December. Most high schoolers who plan to attend college decide to take their exam in their junior year.

Effect of COVID-19
on ACT

Harvard will extend a policy introduced during the coronavirus pandemic and support the drive to permanently abolish the requirement for standardized test results for admission to even the most selective schools in the country by not requiring them for the next four years.

The pandemic, which has made it difficult for students to attend testing venues, was blamed by Harvard for the decision. However, the choice has symbolic significance because it suggests that Harvard is confident in its ability to sift through hundreds of applications and admit candidates without using standardized test scores. Additionally, it shows that the university, and potentially the country, is getting closer to eliminating test scores from the admissions process.

ACT Overview

The ACT is divided into four multiple-choice sections: Science, Reading, Math, and English. A Writing portion is optional. One might think about taking the writing component of the ACT since certain colleges and universities need or accept writing scores. Students can anticipate taking a shorter multiple-choice exam covering one of the earlier topic areas after the science examination. The outcomes of the fifth test do not affect a student’s scores, but they aid in creating future test questions.

Test Sections and Distribution of Marks:

TestQuestionsMinutes per Test
English7545
Mathematics6060
Reading4035
Science4035
Writing (optional)1 essay40

ACT Sections &
Format

Harvard will extend a policy introduced during the coronavirus pandemic and support the drive to permanently abolish the requirement for standardized test results for admission to even the most selective schools in the country by not requiring them for the next four years.

The pandemic, which has made it difficult for students to attend testing venues, was blamed by Harvard for the decision. However, the choice has symbolic significance because it suggests that Harvard is confident in its ability to sift through hundreds of applications and admit candidates without using standardized test scores. Additionally, it shows that the university, and potentially the country, is getting closer to eliminating test scores from the admissions process.

The English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing tests are the five ACT sections administered in that sequence. The entire exam lasts 3 hours and 35 minutes and is timed individually for each section. During the testing time, there are two brief breaks (one between the math and reading tests and one before the writing assessment). Here is a detailed look at the individual sections:

I. English

Participants in the ACT English section are allowed 45 minutes to complete 75 multiple-choice questions. The part is organized around five passages of varying lengths that each have 15 questions attached to them. The ACT English test aims to gauge students’ proficiency with written English and grammatical standards. Test takers earn what the ACT refers to as “reporting category” scores in three assessment areas: production of writing, language knowledge, and conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and punctuation. These scores are given in addition to the total section score, which ranges from 1-36. These three reporting areas from the English part focus on 23, 12, and 40 questions, respectively. All ACT multiple-choice sections’ reporting category scores are provided in raw format and as percentages (the number of correct answers divided by the total number of questions in each area).

II. Math

In 60 minutes, the ACT math section consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. Three types of assessment—Preparing for Higher Math (35 questions), Integrating Essential Skills (25 questions), and Modeling—are used to group the questions (22 questions). Modeling questions are included in the other two categories and cross-referenced. Number and Quantity (5 questions), Algebra (8 questions), Functions (8 questions), Geometry (8 questions), and Statistics & Probability (10 questions) make up the Preparing for Higher Math category (6 questions). Therefore, for the math component of the test, candidates will obtain a total of 8 reporting category scores (plus the total section score of 1-36). The ACT’s math part measures abilities normally studied up until the start of grade 12.

III. Reading

Students must complete 40 multiple-choice questions in 35 minutes on the ACT reading exam to show that they can understand written texts. Key Ideas and Details (24 questions), Craft & Structure (11 questions), and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas are the reporting categories for reading assessments (5 questions). The ACT reading test is divided into four sections based on a first-year college class-level passage or two shorter extracts. The humanities, scientific sciences, and social studies are all referenced in certain passages. Test takers are assessed as below proficient, competent, or above proficient in a broad category termed “Understanding Complex Texts,” in addition to the reporting category scores and the overall section score. This score is determined by a “subset of items in the reading exam testing the ability to discern the central meaning and purposes for a range of increasingly complicated texts,” according to ACT.

IV. Science

The science portion of the ACT is a 40-question, 35-minute test (questions are multiple choice). Analysis, interpretation, problem-solving, and reasoning are among the skills assessed. The following are the reporting categories: the evaluation of models, inferences, and experimental findings; the interpretation of data (16 questions); scientific investigation (10 questions) and Evaluation of Models, Inferences, and Experimental Results (14 questions). Students will respond to inquiries about reading passages and informational images (graphs, charts, and tables). The ACT science sections cover biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. They are designed to prepare students for beginning science classes in higher education. Participants in the test are expected to have taken three years of secondary-level science courses.

V. Writing

Students must take the ACT Science, Math, Reading, and English portions to achieve a composite score; however, the writing portion is optional and scored separately. One essay must be completed in the allotted 40 minutes for the ACT writing test. Three different viewpoints on a current subject are included in the essay question given to students. They must produce an essay outlining their opinions on the subject, at least one of which must link to the other positions. Four categories—Ideas and Analysis, Development and Support, Organization, and Language Use and Convention—are evaluated by two ACT graders on a scale of 1 to 6 (each will receive a score between 2 and 12). Additionally, students will be given a writing score that is the sum of all domain scores, rounded up or down as necessary.

Interpreting ACT
Scores

Here is a breakdown of the ACT scoring:

  • There is no penalty or point reduction for incorrect responses; instead, the student will receive one point for each question they correctly answer.
  • The raw score is the sum of how many questions were correctly answered on each test (English, Math, Reading, and Science).
  • The scale score (1-36) is then created from each test’s raw score.

Composite Score: The averaged test result is the composite score, also known as the overall ACT score. The combined English, Math, Reading, and Science scores are divided by four and rounded to the nearest whole number. Learn more about interpreting the ACT score here and here.

Preparing for the ACT
English Test

There will be five paragraphs in this part, each of which has a number next to keywords or phrases. Students will discover options for the highlighted portion in the right-hand column. Most of the time, students are instructed to pick the option that best conveys the concept, transforms the statement into formal written English, or is phrased in a way that fits the passage’s overall style and tone. Select “NO CHANGE” if you believe the original form is better. In certain circumstances, a question regarding the highlighted portion can be found in the right-hand column. You must select the best response to the query. Below is an example of a sample paragraph and questions pertaining to that paragraph.

Excerpt of a sample paragraph:

In 1948, graduate students, Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver1, took on a problem that had troubled retailers for years: how to keep track of store inventories. Inspired by the dots and dashes of Morse code, however2, Woodland and Silver created a system of lines that could encode data. Called a symbology, the pattern created by the spacing and widths of the lines encodes information by representing different characters.

The first bar code was composed of four white lines set at specific distances from each3 other

on a black background. The first line was always present.  4. Depending on the presence or absence of the remaining three lines, up to seven different arrangements were susceptible5 and, therefore, seven different encodings.

Sample Question 1
  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. students, Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver
  • C. students Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver
  • D. students Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver,
Sample Question 2
  • F. NO CHANGE
  • G. in other words, 
  • H. consequently, 
  • J. DELETE the underlined portion.
Sample Question 3
  • A. NO CHANGE 
  • B. distances so that each was separated, one from the 
  • C. locations, each one set apart from the 
  • D. lengths of distance from each
Sample Question 4

The writer is considering deleting the preceding sentence. Should the sentence be kept or deleted?

  • F. Kept, because it begins the description that is completed in the sentence that follows. 
  • G. Kept, because it gives a clear image of what the first bar code looked like. 
  • H. Deleted, because it provides an extra detail that is not relevant to the subject of the paragraph. J. Deleted, because it contradicts a point made later in the paragraph.
Sample Question 5
  • A. NO CHANGE 
  • B. responsible 
  • C. possible 
  • D. capable

Preparing for the ACT
Math Test

In this section, there will be 60 questions, and students will have 60 minutes to answer them. Students are advised to avoid wasting time on issues that take too long to resolve. In the time you have left for this test, try to solve as many as you can before going back to the others. The test allows calculators to be used. Students are free to use a calculator for whatever issues they choose, although certain problems could be solved more effectively without one.

Sample Question 1

The expression (4c − 3d) (3c + d) is equivalent to:

  • A. 12c2 − 13cd − 3d2 
  • B. 12c2 − 13cd + 3d2 
  • C. 12c2 − 05cd − 3d2 
  • D. 12c2 − 05cd + 3dE. 12c2 − 03d2
Sample Question 2

In the figure shown below, E and G lie on AC, D and F lie on AB, DE and FG are parallel to BC, and the given lengths are in feet. What is the length of AC, in feet?

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  • A. 13 
  • B. 26 
  • C. 29 
  • D. 42 
  • E. 48
Sample Question 3

At Sweet Stuff Fresh Produce, the price of a bag of grapes depends on the total number of bags purchased at 1 time, as shown in the table below. In 2 trips to Sweet Stuff this week, Janelle purchased 3 bags of grapes on Monday and 4 bags of grapes on Wednesday. How much money would Janelle have saved if she had instead purchased 7 bags of grapes in 1 trip on Monday?

Number of bagsPrice per bag
1−3$3.00
4−6$2.80
7−9$2.60
10 or more$2.50
  • F. $0.20 
  • G. $1.00 
  • H. $1.40 
  • J. $2.00 
  • K. $2.50
Sample Question 4

Four identical glasses are shown below. One glass is empty, and the other 3 glasses are ¼ full, ½ full, and 5/4 full of water, respectively. If the water were redistributed equally among the 4 glasses, what fractional part of each glass would be filled?

  • A. 2/11
  • B. 8/11
  • C. 3/22
  • D. 31/60
  • E. 31/80
Sample Question 5

In the standard (x,y) coordinate plane, a circle with its center at (8,5) and a radius of 9 coordinate units has which of the following equations?

  • A. (x − 8) 2 + (y − 5) 2 = 81 
  • B. (x − 8) 2 + (y − 5) 2 = 09 
  • C. (x + 8) 2 + (y + 5) 2 = 81 
  • D. (x + 8) 2 + (y + 5) 2 = 09 
  • E. (x + 5) 2 + (y + 8) 2 = 81

Preparing for the ACT
Reading Test

This section consists of 40 questions, and the time given to answer them is 35 minutes. This test includes several sub-sections. With each passage, several questions are included. Below is an excerpt for a passage, and sample questions are given as examples.

Excerpt of the sample passage:

Clifford Jackson, or Abshu, as he preferred to be known in the streets, had committed himself several years ago to use his talents as a playwright to broaden the horizons for the young, gifted, and black—which was how he saw every child milling around that dark street. As head of the community center, he went after every existing grant on the city and state level to bring them puppet shows with the message to avoid drugs and stay in school; and plays in the park such as actors.

Sample Question 1

The point of view from which the passage is told can best be described as that of:

  • A. a man looking back on the best years of his life as director of a community center in a strife-ridden neighborhood.
  • B. a narrator describing his experiences as they happen, starting with childhood and continuing through his adult years as an advocate for troubled children.
  • C. an unidentified narrator describing a man who devoted his life to neighborhood children years after his own difficult childhood.
  • D. an admiring relative of a man whose generosity with children was widely respected in the neighborhood where he turned around a declining community center.
Sample Question 2

It can reasonably be inferred from the passage that which of the following is a cherished dream that Abshu expects to make a reality in his lifetime?

  • A. Establishing himself financially to be able to bring his original family back under one roof
  • B. Seeing the children at the community center shift their interest from sports to the dramatic arts
  • C. Building on the success of the community center by opening other centers like it throughout the state
  • D. Expanding for some, if not all, of the children the vision they have of themselves and their futures
Sample Question 3

It can reasonably be inferred from the passage that Abshu and the Masons would agree with which of the following statements about the best way to raise a child?

  • A. For a child to be happy, he or she must develop a firm basis in religion at an early age.
  • B. For a child to be fulfilled, he or she must be exposed to great works of art and literature that contain universal themes.
  • C. For a child to thrive and be a responsible member of society, he or she must develop a sense of discipline.
  • D. For a child to achieve greatness, he or she must attach importance to the community and not to the self.
Sample Question 4

The fourth paragraph (lines 31–37) establishes all of the following EXCEPT:

  • A. that Abshu had foster brothers.
  • B. that the Masons maintained a clean house.
  • C. how Mother Mason felt about the location of their house.
  • D. what Abshu remembered most about his years with the Masons.
Sample Question 5

It can reasonably be inferred that which of the following characters from the passage lives according to Abshu’s definition of a life fully lived?

  • A. Mother Mason
  • B. Father Mason
  • C. Abshu as a child
  • D. Abshu as an adult
Sample Question 6

The graph below shows, for sound waves of 3 different frequencies, how α varies with relative humidity in air at a particular temperature.

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Based on Figure 1, the particular air temperature is most likely which of the following?

  • A. −20°C 
  • B. 000°C 
  • C. 020°C 
  • D. 100°C

Preparing for the ACT
Science Test

The science portion assesses the abilities needed to comprehend, analyze, evaluate, reason, and solve problems in the natural sciences. Each of the various real-world scientific scenarios in this section is followed by several multiple-choice questions. Biology, chemistry, Earth, and space sciences (such as meteorology, astronomy, and geology), and physics are all included in the course material. Although specialized expertise in these fields is not necessary, some of the questions may need foundation information learned in the broad beginning of science courses.

The science test contains 40 questions and a 35 minutes time limit to answer the questions. There are several passages in this test. Each passage is followed by several questions. Below is an excerpt for a passage, and sample questions are given as examples.

Excerpt of the sample passage:

In a particular playa (relatively flat, dry desert basin), evidence shows that some large rocks have moved along the surface, leaving shallow trails in the clay sediment, some up to several hundred meters long. Three scientists provided explanations for how these rocks moved.

Scientist 1

In the spring, snowmelt from surrounding mountains runs downhill and collects in the playa. At night, cold temperatures cause this water to freeze around the rocks. When temperatures rise again, the ice begins to melt, leaving a layer of mud on the surface and ice “rafts” around the rocks. The buoyancy of the ice rafts floats the rocks on top of the mud such that even light winds can then push the rocks along the surface. Evidence of this lifting is seen in that the trails left by rocks are both shallow and only about 2/3 as wide as the rocks themselves. Due to the combination of ice, mud, and light winds, the rocks are able to move several hundred meters in a few days.

Scientist 2

Snowmelt from surrounding mountains does collect in the playa during the spring. However, the temperature in the playa does not get cold enough for ice to form. When the playa’s surface gets wet, the top layer of clay transforms into a slick, muddy film. In addition, dormant algae present in the dry clay begin to grow rapidly when the clay becomes wet. The presence of mud and algae reduces friction between the rocks and the clay. Even so, relatively strong winds are required to push the rocks along the wet surface, forming trails. Due to the combination of mud, algae, and strong winds, the rocks are able to move several hundred meters in a few hours.

Scientist 3

Water does collect in the playa, producing mud and ice. However, neither mud nor ice is responsible for the rocks’ movements. The playa is located along a fault line between tectonic plates. Minor vertical shifts in the plates cause the rocks to move downhill, leaving trails. Due to the combination of tectonic plate movement and strong winds, the rocks are able to move only a few meters over several years.

Sample Question 1

According to Scientist 2, friction between the rocks and the clay is reduced by which of the following?

  • A. Ice only 
  • B. Algae only 
  • C. Ice and mud only 
  • D. Mud and algae only
Sample Question 2

Suppose a researcher observed that wind speeds greater than 80 miles per hour are needed to move the rocks in the playa. This observation is consistent with which of the scientists’ explanations?

  • E. Scientists 1 and 2 only 
  • F. Scientists 1 and 3 only 
  • G. Scientists 2 and 3 only 
  • H. Scientists 1, 2, and 3
Sample Question 3

Suppose that no seismic activity was recorded in the playa where the trails left by the rocks are found. This finding would weaken which of the scientists’ explanations?

  • A. Scientist 1 only 
  • B. Scientist 3 only 
  • C. Scientist 1 and Scientist 2 only
  • D. Scientist 2 and Scientist 3 only
Sample Question 4

Suppose it were discovered that a particular rock formed a 200 m long trail in 72 hr. Would this discovery support Scientist 1’s explanation?

  • E. Yes; Scientist 1 indicated the rocks can move several hundred meters in a few hours. 
  • F. Yes; Scientist 1 indicated the rocks can move several hundred meters in a few days. 
  • G. No: Scientist 1 indicated the rocks can move several hundred meters in a few hours. 
  • H. No: Scientist 1 indicated the rocks can move several hundred meters in a few days.
Sample Question 5

Suppose that during one year there was no measurable movement of any rocks in the playa during the spring. Scientists 1 and 2 would most likely both agree that this was due to the absence of which of the following factors?

  • A. Algae 
  • B. Snowmelt 
  • C. Strong winds 
  • D. Subzero temperatures

Tips to Prepare for
the ACT

  • Be prepared for test day. Examine the details in this guide and on www.actstudent.org.
  • Complete the practice exams in the order listed in this booklet, give yourself a time limit, and then go over your answers using the answer keys.
  • Thoroughly go over the test day checklist located here.
  • The night before the exams, get plenty of rest.

Best Practices for Taking the
Practice ACT

It is a good idea to take the practice exams in settings that are as comparable to your test-day circumstances as you can make them. The following advice is helpful for students:

  • The four multiple-choice tests take 2 hours and 55 minutes to finish if taking the ACT (no writing). Tests 2 and 3 should be taken consecutively in a single sitting, with a 10- to 15-minute rest in between.
  • Use the same calculator you will use on test day if you intend to use one on the math exam.
  • For each practice exam, time yourself using a digital clock or timer. To help you get used to hearing the vocal announcement of five minutes remaining, set your timer for five minutes less than the time allotted for each test.
  • Only allot the stipulated amount of time for each test.
  • Set a timer, then start with Test 1. After finishing Tests 2 and 3, take a 10- to 15-minute break before starting Test 4.

ACT Test Day
Prep

Report on time for the test

Students must arrive at their designated test venue by the time shown on their entry ticket for National exam dates (usually 8:00 AM). Individuals will not be allowed to take the test if they arrive late. The test crew or posted signs will point students in the right direction if their ticket does not specify a specific test room.

Things to carry
  • Printed entry ticket, for starters. Important information on a student’s ticket enables them to link their answer document to the registration on file. You can print a new ticket from the MyACT account if you misplace your original one. Your test results might not be available immediately if you forget to bring your ticket.
  • Valid photographic identification. If your student ID does not comply with ACT requirements, you will not be allowed to take the test. Check for the ACT ID requirements here.
  • Bring a test-legal calculator that can only be used for the mathematics test. Students are under no obligation to use a calculator, but if they do, it is their responsibility to ascertain that it is acceptable.

FAQs on the
ACT

Are ACT scores important?

From school to school, ACT scores carry a different amount of weight. Your high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of reference, interviews, and personal essays are other significant aspects that colleges consider when making admissions choices. Additionally, almost all schools and institutions in the United States accept SAT results instead of ACT scores. Contact the admissions offices of the colleges you are applying to for more detailed information on how important ACT scores are there.

How to register for the ACT Test?

The last day to register is around five weeks before each test date. Your school counselor can provide enrollment materials for you, or you can get a registration package by calling ACT, Inc. at 319-337-1270. Additionally, ACT.org offers online registration.

Which test to take ACT or SAT?

Can students add or modify college choices or correct high school code post registration?

Who can take the ACT Test?

ACT Resources

Online, there is a wealth of free resources for ACT preparation. However, the disorganized nature of that information makes it problematic. You can create a study plan for yourself to ensure that you are well-prepared for the test if you are a student who is highly driven, organized, and proactive.

However, if you are not the type of student described above, you might as well enroll in a professional test preparation course or purchase a test prep book. Here are a few resources: 

SAT Study Apps/Online Practice

To aid students with ACT preparation while on the go, several applications have been developed. They were made by those who wanted to take advantage of the portability of mobile applications and give students easier access to ACT preparation materials.

You may prepare for the ACT anywhere you are, whether at home, at school, or even on a plane, if you have ACT prep software on your phone or tablet. Some students find that utilizing an app to study is more engaging and fun than using an ACT prep book.

ACT Online Prep (App Store)

This app is the official one for the ACT and claims to be the only one that can reliably predict your ACT score. It is unquestionably beneficial but costs $39.95 and is bundled with the ACT Online Prep package purchase. The software offers a thorough topic study tailored to your ability level, including practice questions and an actual ACT. Additionally, there are game aspects that let you challenge your peers and put your knowledge to the test. This ACT software is legitimate, so you can be sure you are getting the greatest knowledge and practice.

Varsity Tutors ACT Prep (App Store| Google Store)

The Varsity Tutors-created ACT app is packed with features, including practice tests, single-section diagnostic exams, questions of the day, and flashcards with sample questions and explanations. The software also allows you to select an instructor and create your own flashcards. The abundance of practice questions on the program, broken down into topics, will enable you to target your areas of difficulty. Unfortunately, other than the answers to the practice problems, there is no discussion of test-taking tactics or any other topic training.

Princeton Review ACT Prep (App Store| Google Play)

Since 1983, Princeton Review has successfully prepared students for the ACT. Many students in each year’s class who get the ideal ACT score of 36 do so with the help of the Princeton Review’s study guides. As a result, it should come as no surprise that Princeton consistently tops the list of options for high school students and their parents looking for the finest ACT prep course.

Magoosh ACT (App Store| Google play)

ACT The Magoosh flashcards were updated for the most recent ACT curriculum and created by test professionals. They augment practice problems and provide students with the fundamental English, math, and science skills they need to succeed. Once words are understood, they are eliminated from the pool by the app’s intelligent algorithm, allowing students to concentrate on the topics they still need to study. For convenient learning wherever they are, students may move between their phones, iPad, and the web since their progress is synced across all their devices.

ACT Tutoring Courses

Princeton Review

One of the greatest all-around curricula and packages of study resources for ACT preparation is provided by Princeton Review. They provide coaching as part of their top-tier package, in addition to video courses, live classes, practice exercises, and textbooks in their preparation course. This flexible method of instruction caters to all learning styles and provides more significant information understanding and retention. On the educational front, Princeton’s video classes are at the forefront and do not disappoint. We think their video material and delivery, unmatched in the ACT prep field, is the course’s high point. The live class sessions with lecturers who are experts in the ACT are a supplement to the video lectures.

Magoosh

Magoosh is among the top ACT prep programs, largely because of its affordability. The value of this course cannot be understated, especially when their premier ACT prep course options cost less than $150. Providing a “bang for your buck,” Magoosh provides a considerable amount of practice material. With over 250 video lessons, 1,300 practice questions, and up to 4 full-length practice exams, you might be surprised by how affordable this package is. However, the quality is also superb, so it is not only the quantity that is amazing.

Prep Expert ACT

In 2016, Prep Expert made a splash on the ACT preparation landscape by getting right to the point and teaching you the strategies and tactics that produce the biggest score increases. Prep Expert does this mostly through prepared video lectures and 36 hours of live online training (depending on whether you are doing the 6-week or 3-week course). Their live online classes are interesting, educational, and genuinely beneficial. You receive a consistent lesson from teacher to teacher and lesson style since the Prep Expert instructors have all achieved ACT scores in the top 1% of all scorers and have been schooled in Shaan’s (founder) testing procedures.

ACT Prep Books

Kaplan’s ACT Prep Plus

Kaplan’s ACT Prep Plus aims to be the most complete study resource available. It is one of the longer study guides available and provides extensive justifications for every response. To help you prepare for the test, it provides both in-book and online practice examinations with access to video lectures and professional exam-taking tips. Since Kaplan is an official partner for the live online ACT prep, you can trust that their knowledge is current.

The Official ACT Prep Guide

When studying for the ACT, practice questions are crucial, and The Official ACT Prep Guide offers some of the greatest. The vibrant red cover of the book has earned it the nick of “Red Book.” It includes an incredible five separate full-length practice tests, giving the student a wide range of practice and preparation. Each practice exam takes roughly four hours to complete and analyze; therefore, the book provides up to 20 hours of preparation.

ACT Prep Black Book

Students searching for test-taking tips might consult the ACT Prep Black Book. This book focuses on the methods pupils need to solve the problems as the official guide on practice examinations. It focuses on the procedure for answering questions and assists students in addressing any time concerns or weak areas in the test-taking tactics they may have. It addresses the reality that every student has a unique learning style while also examining methods for dealing with arithmetic problems that include multiple-choice responses and offering extremely thorough explanations for the solutions.