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Is it bad to take the ACT more than 3 times?

I've taken the ACT 3 times, and I've gotten the same composite score (28) every. single. time. It only goes up to a 29 even with superscoring, and I really would like to score above a 30. Will I look bad to colleges if I take the test a fourth time?
27 Jun '16, 16:19 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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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. ...
11 Apr '16, 13:37 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is the ACT essay different from the SAT essay?

I've already taken the SAT three times, but I also plan on taking the ACT to make sure I'm not missing out on a higher score. Is the ACT essay a lot different from the SAT essay, or are they pretty comparable? If there are major differences, how should I adjust my approach/practice methods to make s...
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How do I stay focused on ACT Reading?

I've done pretty well on the ACT, but I still want to improve my Reading score (I'm around a 29/30 right now, and I'd like to get up into the 33-36 range). My main problem is staying focused in my studying and getting through all the passages. How can I improve my focus in both studying and taking t...
29 Mar '16, 10:34 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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ACT writing prompts?

Where can I find good practice prompts for the ACT Writing section? I'm worried about it because I heard that people are getting lower scores on the latest version. :/
23 Mar '16, 13:02 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Barron's or Princeton Review for ACT prep?

I'm trying to decide whether to get Barron's ACT, Barron's 36 and Barron's Workbooks or Princeton Review and Spark Notes. What should I buy? Is Spark Notes a good ACT prep book? How do Barron's and Princeton Review compare to each other?
18 Mar '16, 18:27 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Calculator apps to use on the ACT?

Which apps or important features should I get on my new calculator? I know our math teacher this past school year gave us numerous apps throughout the year that my calculator did not originally have. I can't remember if I actually used any on the ACT, but I felt they were nice to have. Are there any...
07 Feb '16, 16:18 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Practice resources for ACT Math?

I've been doing a bunch of practice for the ACT and it seems like my scores are not going up at all anymore. I'm at a standstill with Math (can't get above 25). Any suggestions to help me improve my score? A book, a website with helpful videos, or anything? I just need some new ways to try to bring ...
05 Feb '16, 18:57 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Will SAT prep help me on the ACT?

I know that the two tests are pretty different, but will studying for the SAT make you more prepared for the English, Reading and Math sections of the ACT? I've already taken the SAT, but I want to try out the ACT too, and I'm not sure what my game plan should be or if I even need to study more.
05 Feb '16, 09:20 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Best ACT review book to raise score from 33 to 36?

Last year I took the ACT as a sophomore and received a 32 with no preparation. Now, after reading some of the science strategies from Princeton Review, and after studying for SAT CR, I am within the 33-34 range. What books should I buy to raise my ACT score to a 36? I have about 7 months to do it. I...
02 Feb '16, 15:44 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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Best ACT prep books for Reading and English?

I've practiced a bit for the ACT, but I'm still scoring lower than I would like on the Reading and English sections (22 in Reading and 28 in English as opposed to 34 in Math and 35 in Science). Which prep books should I use to improve my scores on those sections?
15 Jan '16, 17:59 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Best ACT prep book for Science and Math?

I finished the Barron's ACT prep book, but I'm not satisfied with my scores yet. My Math and Science scores need the most help. Which prep book should I use for more practice in those subjects?
15 Jan '16, 17:35 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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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 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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