ACT test prep

What is the ACT writing test (and why should I take it)?

When you sign up to take your ACT® test, you have the opportunity to take the optional ACT writing test—a 40-minute essay test that measures your writing skills. Some universities (or academic programs within those universities) require the ACT writing test for admission, while others do not. This is why ACT made the writing test the only optional section of the overall ACT test. If you are considering taking the writing test on your test day, your first priority should be to determine whether your top university choices require the writing exam. Keep in mind there is an extra fee to take the writing test, so finding the requirement before registration will save you money! What does the test measure? The writing test contains a single question describing a complex issue and asks you to sha...

Why every point on the ACT test matters

Did you know that increasing your ACT® Composite score by a single test point can expand your access to financial aid and increase your chances at being admitted to university? Here are some reasons why: ACT scores are a huge factor in how universities decide which students to admit (along with students’ performance in school and the quality of their university application). Universities are looking for high-achieving students to admit, and a high ACT score is a key indicator of academic achievement. ACT scores also play a big role in merit-based scholarships—awards that are based on achievement. Many financial awards set a certain ACT score level as a requirement, so achieving a specific ACT score could affect the amount of award for which you qualify. Every point matters. This is w...

Should I retest?

Many students choose to take a university admissions exam more than once to achieve their desired scores. One report by ACT showed by more than half of students increased their ACT Composite score by taking the test a second time. Here are some reasons to consider taking a university admissions test again after your first time: If you had any problems during the test. Just like any other day, things can go wrong during test day. Maybe you arrived at the test center later than planned. Maybe you didn’t fully understand test directions before the test started. If test day didn’t go as planned, you probably didn’t perform the best on your test. You weren’t feeling your best on test day. Besides being uncomfortable, maybe you were battling illness and it became a distra...

UPDATED: Webinar on ACT Test Prep

Webinar: What Test Prep is Right for Me? Duration: 60 minutes Students face high stakes when taking a university admissions exam, as the scores they achieve are a huge factor in gaining acceptance to university. That is why so many students take advantage of free or paid test prep. But choosing the right test prep tools can be overwhelming. Watch a free webinar designed to inform students, parents, and educators about test prep options created by the makers of the ACT test. We cover which test prep tools students should consider, based on their needs, and talk about strategies students can use to fully prepare for test day. Click here to watch the webinar!

ACT Online Prep: Prepare for the ACT Anytime, Anywhere!

Are you looking to get an edge on taking the ACT test with the flexibility to prepare whenever and wherever you have time? ACT Online Prep is your answer. ACT Online Prep is the only online test preparation tool from the makers of the ACT test. ACT Online Prep can give you the confidence and readiness to achieve your best score on the ACT test. Featuring real questions from previous versions of the ACT test, ACT Online Prep helps you become familiar with the test content (and receive a predicted ACT test score) while receiving personalized learning paths to track and improve your progress. With your six-month subscription to ACT Online Prep, you will receive: Full-length practice tests to simulate the actual ACT exam A free mobile app Tools to track your progress A game center to further t...

How Students Can Make the Most of End-of-Term Break

End-of-term break gives you a well-earned respite from the classroom. But getting a break from school doesn’t mean you can’t use the time wisely. It can give you time to put things in order before taking the leap to university, get advice and help from family and friends, and even keep your brain active before returning to school. Challenge yourself to tackle the following tasks during break: Complete university applications (Grade 12). You can finalize your university choices and complete applications in time for regular submission deadlines, most of which are in January and February. Dig into that college essay (Grade 12). It’s an important part of the college application process and requires a lot of thought and planning, so why not spend time away from the classroom to write a draft or...

Report: Does Test Anxiety Bias ACT Scores?

Test anxiety raises concerns about assessment validity and fairness. Keeping Your Cool: Does Test Anxiety Bias Performance on the ACT?, a new study from ACT, investigated possible measurement bias due to anxiety on the ACT test. The study revealed several insights about test anxiety: Many examinees reported test anxiety, but anxiety did not have significant negative effects on ACT scores—in general, for males and females, and for ethnic groups. Test anxiety was most strongly related to feeling unprepared for the ACT. Test takers should minimize anxiety by following practical recommendations supported by this study, even if is not expected to affect ACT scores. Read the report at this link. Click here to learn more about how students can reduce test anxiety.