Why Should I Take The ACT: Guide And Resources

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    The first step to your ACT preparation should be to take an official practice test as a diagnostic, in order to evaluate your position in understanding the material, your strengths, and your weaknesses. Below are some resources that will help you get started:  

    Books

    Online Resources

    • Khan Academy 
      • Khan Academy’s test prep is technically for the SAT, but the strategies and content review can be applied to the ACT as well  
    • PrepScholar 
      • PrepScholar is one of the best resources for ACT Prep and has various articles on different sections of the test, as well as strategies to help improve your score 
    • Albert 
      • Albert features practice questions for the ACT, and you can get access to even more material with a paid subscription  

    There is a plethora of other tutoring companies to help with ACT Prep – some are local companies that can be found in your community, while others include Magoosh Test Prep, Varsity Tutors, and moreCollegeConfidential is also a great general high school and college forum that has threads on ACT discussions. 

    ACT Essay

    The ACT Essay is optional, but it’s recommended to take it along with the test, especially if you’re applying for any business/liberal arts programs. The essay score will most certainly help the general outlook of your ACT score and shows colleges you have the necessary analysis and writing skills that are crucial in university. Most colleges do not require the essay, but many top private and large public schools recommend it. If you’re not sure where you’re going to be applying or how the rest of your application looks, it’s best to go ahead and take the essay section. Below are a couple articles that are particularly helpful for learning more about the SAT essay and improving your score: 

    Registering for the Test

    To register to take an ACT test, follow these steps:

    1. Visit https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html

    2. Click Register Now for the ACT test

    3. This will take you to a login page for the ACT website, where you should register or log in to your ACT account

    4. Once you log in, in the left column, you’ll see another “Register” link, click that 

    5. Go through the list of questions to register for the exam  

      • You will have to enter many questions on extracurriculars and background information – this is all required 

    6. Continue the form, and select your test date 

    7. Enter your payment information and submit 

    8. Keep a printout of the ticket and receipt to take to the testing center 

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