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Could I benefit from tutoring?

Long story short: I want a 36 next time I take ACT in June and/or September. Reading is my lowest score and right now whenever I take practice tests my best average score is 32-33 range. I can't seem to improve no matter how many tests I take or how many mistakes I go in-detail for. Someone I know s...
16 Apr '18, 05:54 alisondaewon11
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Are silly mistakes inevitable?

Hello! I got a 33 composite on my December ACT and will be taking it again in April. I know it's a great score but I really want to aim for a 35 at least. I had practiced around 2 full papers a day before my December test. I realised that most of the mistakes I make are not because of a lack of kno...
21 Mar '18, 05:18 joeroot1234(suspended)
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The ACT sent a cancelled score. What can I do?

I decided to cancel sending a score report to UMich (my first choice school) for fear of having them see a poor ACT score. I did this prior to their 12:00 pm CST deadline on the day of. I was glad I did so, because when I received my scores they were much lower than my best test. I checked Wolverin...
16 Nov '16, 11:36 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Should I retake the SAT or the ACT?

I've taken both the SAT and ACT, each with pretty average results. I took the SAT in March and scored 1090 (570 English & 520 Math). On the June ACT I scored a 23 composite (23E, 23M, 24R, & 23S). I believe my weak points on the SAT were that I lacked the general rules and knowledge needed t...
08 Jul '16, 14:20 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How old is too old for the SAT/ACT?

Is 28 too old for the tests? I'm 28 and looking to go to college for real this time (looking to pursue my dreams and whatnot). I took the ACT at 18, and didn't take it seriously because I was "too cool for school" and I now regret it and want to go back and restart my last 10 years of messing around...
21 Jun '16, 14:06 Laura_PrepSc...536
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Does ACT Math get harder after question #30?

I know it sounds dumb, but when I did some practice math tests, I consistently got the first 30 or 35 correct, then miss like 5 to 8 in the next 30. Does the math get harder the further you go or am I just rushing and losing focus?
04 Apr '16, 14:43 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Can I use satire in the ACT essay?

I'm taking the ACT next month, and I really want to practice my essays. I'm just wondering if I'll be marked down for writing a satirical piece. For example, there's a prompt about public health and safety versus freedom. I'd like to write (sarcastically) that public health doesn't matter if the tin...
30 Mar '16, 15:39 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How long does an ACT essay rescore take?

I sent off a letter to the ACT asking for my essay to be rescored two weeks ago. However, I haven't seen any change in results, or any indication that the request is being processed or has even been received. Am I supposed to receive some sort of indication that the request was received? How long wi...
30 Mar '16, 12:11 Laura_PrepSc...536
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How accurate are the ACT scoring machines?

I took a district-administered ACT today, and I erased a few answers and filled in a different bubble very darkly. The erased bubble was on the grayish side with the eraser I was using. In my experience with regular scantrons, they see both of them as marked and score it wrong. I assume the ACT grad...
17 Mar '16, 11:10 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How can I stay awake while studying for the ACT?

I have the ACT coming up around April, and have not begun studying for it until today, I know, horrible right? I have started today and have begun to realize I can't go ten minutes without passing out. Can you give me motivation and advice on how to make studying fun?
08 Mar '16, 16:44 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is it bad to listen to music while taking practice tests?

Is it okay to listen to music while doing prep and taking practice tests? I literally cannot sit and work on it in silence without losing focus.
08 Mar '16, 10:13 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How can I send all of my ACT scores to colleges?

For the UC schools I have to send in all results from every test I have taken, but the ACT doesn't seem to have score choice. How can I send them all my scores? Do I need to send each individual score to the school or can I send them everything at once?
02 Feb '16, 14:03 Laura_PrepSc...536
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What does a high score on the ACT truly provide?

I keep procrastinating my studies for the act primarily due to the homework load at my high school and to have some free time. My current ACT score is 24 and I was planning to reach 30 at least. However, I'm starting to wonder what a score in the 30+ range will really get me besides admission to sel...
01 Feb '16, 18:52 Laura_PrepSc...536
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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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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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