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What is the best way to transition from the SAT to the ACT?

I've been practicing the SAT, but after taking the January SAT I feel that my SAT score isn't sufficient for the colleges that i'm aiming for so i've decided to give ACT a try. I've been averaging around 2100 on the SAT, but couldn't seem to get up to a 2200. I will be aiming for at least a 33 on th...
31 Jan '16, 19:03 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Time management on ACT Science?

How much time should I spend on each passage in ACT Science? Should I plan to spend different amounts of time on different types of passages? I'm having trouble pacing myself appropriately - I always end up missing like 3 or 4 questions at the end.
30 Jan '16, 12:44 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Does it take longer to get ACT scores for standby testers?

Is there any difference in the turnaround time for scores for standby test-takers? If so, how much longer will it take to get them than it takes for normal scores?
29 Jan '16, 18:56 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should I skip straight to the questions on ACT Science?

I've tried reading the passage first, and I've tried skipping straight to the questions. I got the same score with both strategies (26, but I'm hoping for a 29+). Which strategy gives me the best chance of improving my score next time?
29 Jan '16, 14:28 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How can I manage time on ACT Reading and Science?

I have a lot of trouble on the reading and ACT science reasoning sections. I get around a 30 if I complete the whole Reading section on practice tests without any worry for time. With the science reasoning, it's random. I sometimes have enough time to do great or sometimes I miss out on a full exper...
27 Jan '16, 15:20 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Good ACT score for Cornell as an engineering major?

My GPA is a 3.9, and I have quite a few extracurriculars, but I haven't taken the ACT yet. I want to apply early decision to Cornell as an engineering major - what score should I aim for to be relatively sure of admission? Should I focus more on the Math and Science sections or will they pretty much...
27 Jan '16, 10:19 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Best ACT Math prep book for improving low scores?

I'm worried about my ACT math score because I've been getting 17s and 18s on practice tests. I really would like to raise it up to a 25. Which review book is the best option for me?
27 Jan '16, 09:46 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Best strategy for conflicting viewpoints on ACT Science?

I do ok on ACT science passages where you have to read graphs and answer questions about data, but I struggle with the conflicting viewpoints section. How can I improve?
26 Jan '16, 11:20 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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ACT prep book to use after the official red book?

I'm looking for a supplementary prep book that I can use after the official ACT red book, but I'm not sure which one I should get. What's the best option?
26 Jan '16, 10:50 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Already sent my SAT score, but now have a better ACT score?

I was happy with my SAT score (2220), so I sent it to UT Austin, my top choice college. However, I took the ACT recently because I figured I should try both tests, and I got a 35 on it. I feel like I made a huge mistake in sending the SAT score since my ACT score is comparatively higher. Should I se...
25 Jan '16, 15:51 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Suspicious ACT score improvement? How much is too much?

I didn't know anything about the ACT when I first took it, so I scored much lower than I was hoping (22). I've been studying a lot in the interim, and I'm predicting a composite score of around 30 based on practice tests. My question is whether the ACT will think I cheated if my score changes this m...
25 Jan '16, 10:03 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Key components of a great ACT essay?

I'm nervous about the Writing section of the ACT because I have a hard time writing under pressure. What should I make sure I include in my essay for a high score?
25 Jan '16, 09:35 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Submitting December ACT scores to UT Austin?

I'm applying to UT Austin next year, and I'm curious whether they will accept December ACT scores for a regular decision application. Will I be able to submit scores from the December 10th test date? Or do I need to plan on taking my last test in October?
25 Jan '16, 09:00 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How do I figure out this ACT math word problem?

Can anyone explain how to do this ACT math question? The answer is supposed to be a, but I was confused by the reasoning behind it. Three years ago, men made up two out of every three internet users in America. Today the ratio of male to female users is about 1 to 1. In that time the number of Amer...
23 Jan '16, 09:39 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How do I solve this absolute value ACT math problem?

What are the real solutions to the equation |x|^2 + 2|x|-? 3 = 0 ? F. ±1 G. ±3 H. 1 and 3 J. ?1 and ?3 K. ±1 and ±3 I tried factoring it and got 1 and -3, but that doesn't match any of the choices. How do I find the correct answer?
22 Jan '16, 16:31 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do I need to study for the ACT?

I just found out that my parents signed me up for the next administration of the ACT, and I don't have much time to study for it between my classes and other commitments. I already got a very high score on the SAT, and I've heard that the ACT is easier. Will I be ok just winging it? I'm aiming for a...
22 Jan '16, 16:15 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should I take the ACT instead of the SAT?

Would it be a good idea for me to switch to the ACT if I'm having trouble with the SAT? I can't seem to get my score above a 1900 even though I'm one of the top students in my class. I think my issue with the SAT is that the questions are asked in indirect ways, and I can't figure out exactly what I...
21 Jan '16, 21:16 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Improve ACT score from 32 to 35 in two months?

I just took my first ACT practice test, and I got a 32. I want to apply to Ivy League schools, so I'm hoping to get a 34 or 35 on the real test in two months. Will I be able to improve this much by then? How many study hours should I put in?
19 Jan '16, 12:42 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How much do I need to study to raise my ACT score four points?

I have about three months to study for the ACT, and I'm trying to raise my score from a 27 to a 31. How many hours per week should I study? How many hours should I try to fit in total?
19 Jan '16, 12:13 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do I need to know scientific facts to do well on ACT Science?

As an ACT newbie, I'm a little nervous about the Science section. Do I need to study the scientific material that's on the test before I take it?
19 Jan '16, 11:09 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should you send ACT scores to your high school?

I just took the ACT, and I don't know if I should have my ACT scores sent to my high school. I would appreciate anyone sharing the benefits of sending or not sending these scores. Also, if your high school sends your score reports to colleges, is it cheaper than sending them yourself?
19 Jan '16, 10:50 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do selective colleges favor the SAT over the ACT?

It seems to me that the SAT is a more difficult test overall, so I find it hard to believe that colleges look upon the SAT and the ACT as equal measurements of academic potential. Is there a subtle bias towards applicants with high SAT scores over those with high ACT scores at elite colleges? If not...
12 Jan '16, 15:11 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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September ACT - When to Start Prepping?

I know it's early to start thinking about yet, but I want to know when a good time to start prepping for the September ACT is. I'm not going to be able to start until after June, but I know I'm going to have lots of AP homework/summer reading over the summer. When should I start studying? Is one mon...
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Practice ACT Test

What test form do you send as part of your prep program. Just curious
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Best ACT Prep Books for English and Reading?

I've consistently earned near-perfect scores on the Math and Science sections of the ACT, but my English and Reading scores are significantly lower (by ten points or so!). Which prep books should I use to improve my scores on the English and Reading sections?
29 Dec '15, 15:34 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is October Too Late for Early Decision Testing?

I want to apply early decision to a college my senior year. Will I still be able to send SAT or ACT scores from my senior fall, or is that too late based on the typical November 1st early decision application deadline?
17 Dec '15, 19:58 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is a 28 a Good ACT Score for an 8th Grader?

I'm in 8th grade, and I just took the ACT after studying from a prep book. I had some time issues on the test, but I ended up getting a 28. Is this a good score for an 8th grader? What's a realistic future score goal?
17 Dec '15, 10:45 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How Can I Improve on ACT Science?

I'm scoring very high on all sections of the ACT except for the science section. I consistently get almost half of the questions wrong. What can I do to improve my performance?
17 Dec '15, 10:27 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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ACT Improvement or AP Tests: Which Is More Important Junior Year?

I’m a junior taking five AP classes this year, and I currently have a 33 ACT score. If I want to maximize my chances of getting merit scholarships for college, should I focus more on improving my ACT score a couple of points or earning high AP scores?
09 Dec '15, 14:31 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Good ACT Score for Harvard as an International Student?

What’s the ideal composite ACT score for an international student applying to Harvard?
02 Dec '15, 10:45 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k

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