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No matter what test you’re preparing for, the first step in any successful prep program is understanding the rules of the game. Or, as a wise man once said, “Know your enemy.”

Fortunately, we’ve been doing this for a while now, so we know a few things—almost 40 years’ worth of things, in fact. So if you have questions about the test, from scoring to accommodations to fundamental strategies, you can find the answers here. And if you don’t see the information you’re looking for, let us know at [email protected] and we’ll fill in the gap just as soon as we can.

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Ivy League ACT Scores: What to Aim For to Maximize Your Chances

Before you begin preparing for the ACT, it’s important to have a sense of what your score goals are. A good way to start figuring that out is to generate a list of schools you’re interested in and then research score statistics for each. Along the way, many students are curious about the same thing: what ACT scores would I need to get into an Ivy League school? In this post, we’ll answer that question.
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COVID Is Still A Thing. You Still Need SAT/ACT Scores. Now What?

Enough time has passed since the beginning of the COVID pandemic that a new wave of students is making plans to prepare for and take the ACT or SAT. In this post, I’ll lay out some of the main messages that I’ve been giving to my students over the past year – sort of a ‘2021 COVID Testing Primer’. Let’s get started.
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Numbers, So Many Numbers: ACT Scoring Charts & Scales

Scoring on the ACT is a topic that’s both complicated and extremely important (which is why this is my third blog post that covers it). Understanding how ACT scoring charts work and why they differ from test to test can help you approach test day with fully open eyes, so let's take a look.
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ACT Testing Accommodations: An Intro

The ACT offers an array of options for students who qualify for testing accommodations. In this post, we'll run through some of the most common accommodations on the ACT and then go over how to apply for them. Let's dive in.
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2020-2021 ACT Test Dates: A Scheduling Overview

You can be as prepared for the ACT as you want, but none of it will matter if you don’t show up at the test center on the right day. In this post, we’ll lay out the schedule of remaining 2020-2021 ACT test dates and registration deadlines. It might not be that interesting, but it’s definitely important.
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ACT Superscoring: What Is It and Do Schools Use It?

One of the questions that students most commonly ask me is “Is the ACT superscored?” The short answer? Yes. The full answer is a bit more complicated, though. In this post, we’re going to dive a little deeper into the question of how ACT superscoring actually works. Buckle up.
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Strategies for ACT Science: How to Dismantle the Section

Getting a good score on the ACT Science section means understanding how to answer the questions while reading as little as possible to ensure that you can finish within the challenging time limit. Here are some of the best strategies for how to approach the ACT Science section.
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