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How much weight does a 36 ACT score carry in college admissions?

I took the ACT for the first time as a junior in December and just received my score of a 36. My GPA is only about a 3.9 unweighted and a 4.2-4.3 weighted, which is not as high as you would expect of someone with a 36 ACT. I scored a 2160 on the SAT, which is disproportionate to my ACT. I've been he...
14 Jun '16, 11:06 Laura_PrepSc...536
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New SAT vs ACT: More Time Pressure?

Various websites point out that the SAT gives more time per question, thus students may feel less rushed on it than on the ACT. But a presentation given at my kid's high school last week by the head of guidance and a Kaplan rep said that SAT questions are longer than ACT questions (i.e., reading pas...
14 Jun '16, 10:27 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Do ACT tests vary on different test dates or are they the same?

Are the ACT tests given on different dates in the same testing year the same or do they vary? For example, are the Sept. 2015 and June 2016 tests the exact same test?
14 Jun '16, 09:00 Laura_PrepSc...536
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What's the average ACT score for Wharton?

What's the average ACT score for WHARTON undergrad at UPenn?
07 Jun '16, 14:08 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should I submit SAT scores if my ACT is better?

I got a 31 on my ACT and will take it again to hopefully get at least a 32. I got a 1410 on my SAT and that seems to be at the level of a 30 on the ACT. Do colleges want to see both tests? Or should I only send in my ACT since it has better scores?
03 Jun '16, 14:05 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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33 ACT score - should I retake for top colleges?

I've consistently gotten 35-36s on practice tests, but there were some distractions at my test center, and I missed a few questions on the Science section. As a result, I ended up with a 33 composite score. I know a 33 isn't a bad score, but I don't want to disadvantage myself unnecessarily if I can...
01 Jun '16, 15:29 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Mid-20s on ACT Reading - how to improve?

I keep taking practice tests, but my score never seems to shift from around a 25 on the Reading section. Going straight to the questions didn't work at all for me. Should I just read the whole passage very fast first? Every time I take it I freak out about time...got any tips for me?
27 May '16, 10:46 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is the ACT harder than the SAT?

I just took an ACT practice test, and it seemed super hard to me in comparison to the SAT! I ran out of time on everything except Math (which I actually thought was relatively easy). I was most pressed for time on Reading, and I had a hard time understanding the Science section. I didn't have any ti...
27 May '16, 09:14 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should I retake the ACT or try the SAT instead?

I got a 30 on the ACT, but I didn't take it with Writing. I wasn't expecting to get this high of a score the first time around, so I figured it was fine to save Writing for a retake. At this point, I have to either take the ACT again with Writing or take the SAT. I'm thinking maybe I should go with...
26 May '16, 11:46 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Are the practice tests from the Red Book also on ACT.org?

I'm wondering if the Red Book (Real Act Prep Guide) merely contains the same tests found on ACT.org, or if they are completely different. If so, are the ones in the Red Book better? I'm referring to the five tests provided on the ACT website.
11 May '16, 11:13 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Does a low writing score cripple your test?

I'm a junior in high school, and I took the ACT last month. I got a 35 composite (34 on reading and english, 35 on math, 36 on science), but a 23 on the essay. I have my heart set on an Ivy League (especially Columbia and Dartmouth), and I was wondering, does a 23 merit retaking the ACT, or should I...
11 May '16, 10:28 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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ACT scores - Which should I send?

I did the ACT with writing in December and got 30 composite and 33 in writing. I did the ACT again in April and got 32 composite but my writing dropped to 25. Should I send both or just one? If so, which one should I send?
06 May '16, 15:15 Laura_PrepSc...536
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2016 SAT ACT Test Dates?

When are the testing dates in the fall of 2016?
03 May '16, 15:09 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Should I worry about a low ACT writing score?

I scored a 33 composite on the October ACT (34 English, 32 Math, 31 Reading, 34 Science). I'm thinking about applying to schools like U of I Urbana-Champaign, U Michigan Ann Arbor, UChicago, Northwestern, and California Berkeley. Unfortunately, my writing score was abysmally low (18). Should I worry...
29 Apr '16, 15:48 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Should my ACT essay reflect a real life experience or a literary work?

I read in your blog that using real life examples to support your points in the ACT essay is a good idea. However, my teacher told me I should practice using examples from literature and culture. I’m experimenting with different types of arguments, but I’d like to have a straightforward answer on w...
29 Apr '16, 11:26 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Does the ACT have a curve?

I'm wondering if the ACT has a curve. If it does, how significant is it?
27 Apr '16, 10:43 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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ACT math score question

Hi, my son just took his ACT for first time and got a 36 on both reading and science sections and 33 on english, but on math he didn't have time to finish and got a 27 so his composite is 33..... should he take again to try and get his math score up to 30 (that's where he scored on the practice test...
26 Apr '16, 11:47 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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When are September ACT scores available?

October 15 is the application deadline for three of the colleges that I'm applying to in the fall. My question is, when can I send in score reports?? I have already taken the SAT and ACT, and have gotten pretty much the same score on them (31 and 2070), but I am pretty confident that I will improve ...
22 Apr '16, 10:28 Laura_PrepSc...536
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English ACT more important than Reading ACT?

I heard somewhere that colleges care more about the English ACT than they do about the Reading ACT. Is this true? It seems like the Reading ACT would line up better with the Reading SAT, so why would they not care about it as much?
21 Apr '16, 13:44 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Which of these ACT scores should I send?

I'm wondering which one of my ACT scores is better. I got a 31 composite both times and was gunning for at least a 32, so I'm kinda bummed out. ACT #1 Composite: 31 English: 33 Math: 29 Reading: 34 Science: 27 Writing: 9 (comb. E and W: 31) ACT #2 Composite: 31 English: 34 Math: 33 Reading: 30 Sci...
20 Apr '16, 17:52 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can I wear a smart watch during the ACT?

I know that you can't bring a phone to the test, but I am wondering if I could wear my smart watch? It's the only watch I own and want to use it to help keep time for each section. I looked at the ACT website and didn't see any mention of watches.
19 Apr '16, 12:11 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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What happens if I use a number 3 pencil on the SAT/ACT?

When I was taking the ACT, I realized halfway through the test that the pencils I had grabbed as I was running out the door this morning were No. 3 pencils instead of No. 2. Argh! Will this affect the grading of my test? I made sure I'd marked in my answers really dark after I finished each section....
18 Apr '16, 09:22 Laura_PrepSc...536
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ACT Online Prep

Hello, I read in one of your posts about the best ways to prep for the ACT that their online prep program is useful only for the practice test, but the lessons are "no good." I bought the online program before I read this, and I really trust the PrepScholar advice. I was wondering if you could expla...
13 Apr '16, 12:28 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is Taking the SAT Good Practice for ACT?

I've barely practiced for the ACT, but I've taken the SAT twice and am hoping that experience will be useful. I'm worried though. Will the experience of having taken the SAT help me at all with the ACT?
12 Apr '16, 11:45 Laura_PrepSc...536
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2012-2013 Preparing for the ACT?

I can't find a link for the 2012-2013 Preparing for the ACT booklet - can you give it to me?
11 Apr '16, 19:06 Laura_PrepSc...536
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2310 on the SAT, should I also take the ACT?

I currently have a 2310 SAT composite from the December 2014 test and have been considering retaking it again for a higher (hopefully perfect) score to make up for my lower grade point average. Would having both the SAT with subject Tests and ACT enhance my application? Also, would a 36 on the ACT b...
11 Apr '16, 14:22 Laura_PrepSc...536
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How long do I need to prepare for the ACT if I already have a decent SAT score?

I'm planning to take the ACT, and I'm going to be a senior after this summer. I'm not familiar with the test at all, and I recently purchased the Red ACT book. Since I have the summer, I'm wondering when should I start prepping for the test. I've already taken the (old) SAT and scored a 1940 on it. ...
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19 on 8th grade ACT - projected 11th grade ACT score?

My son took the ACT as an 8th grader and scored a 19. What is his projected 11th grade ACT score? How does his score compare to that of other 8th graders, nationwide?
08 Apr '16, 10:33 Laura_PrepSc...536
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How can I become more consistent on practice tests?

I'm starting to do practice tests for specific sections, and I am having trouble getting consistent scores. I did three math sections and got a 22, 26, then 24 . When I look at the problems, the ones I'm getting wrong aren't of a similar type - it seems random. On English I can take one practice te...
07 Apr '16, 12:02 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Lost my son's ACT test student ID. How to retrieve or replace?

I lost my son’s ACT student ID, how do I take the test now?
06 Apr '16, 12:10 Laura_PrepSc...536

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