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Why every point on the ACT test matters

Did you know that increasing your ACT® Composite score by a single test point can expand your access to financial aid and increase your chances at being admitted to university? Here are some reasons why: ACT scores are a huge factor in how universities decide which students to admit (along with students’ performance in school and the quality of their university application). Universities are looking for high-achieving students to admit, and a high ACT score is a key indicator of academic achievement. ACT scores also play a big role in merit-based scholarships—awards that are based on achievement. Many financial awards set a certain ACT score level as a requirement, so achieving a specific ACT score could affect the amount of award for which you qualify. Every point matters. This is w...

Should I retest?

Many students choose to take a university admissions exam more than once to achieve their desired scores. One report by ACT showed by more than half of students increased their ACT Composite score by taking the test a second time. Here are some reasons to consider taking a university admissions test again after your first time: If you had any problems during the test. Just like any other day, things can go wrong during test day. Maybe you arrived at the test center later than planned. Maybe you didn’t fully understand test directions before the test started. If test day didn’t go as planned, you probably didn’t perform the best on your test. You weren’t feeling your best on test day. Besides being uncomfortable, maybe you were battling illness and it became a distra...

When is the best time to take a university admissions test?

Taking an admissions test is a huge step toward getting accepted at the university of your choice. Your scores affect your eligibility for admission and can also open doors to scholarships and other financial aid. One key to opening up those opportunities is knowing when to take the test and making a plan to use your scores in the most efficient way. Many factors can influence when you should take the test, including whether your chosen university has an application or scholarship deadline, or perhaps an academic program or major you are persuing that requires a test score. This is why waiting until grade 12 to take the test for the first time might be too late. Many students choose to take the test a second time during grade 12 to achieve a higher score. Testing the first time during grad...

How Students Can Make the Most out of End-of-Term Break

End-of-term break provides a well-earned respite from the classroom for educators and students. But getting a break from school doesn’t mean students can’t use the time wisely. It can give them time to put things in order before taking the leap to university, get advice and help from family and friends, and even keep their brains active before returning to school. Challenge students to tackle the following tasks during end-of-term break: Complete university applications (Grade 12). Students can finalize their university choices and complete applications in time for regular submission deadlines, most of which are in January and February. Dig into that college essay (Grade 12). It’s an important part of the college application process and requires a lot of thought and planning, so why not sp...

Infographic: How to request accommodations on the ACT test

ACT is committed to serving examinees with documented disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the examinee’s diagnosis and needs. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an examinee’s disability. To assist international students who currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, see this checklist to guide you through the process of requesting test accommodations on the ACT® test.

Infographic: How to register for the ACT and access your score reports (including previous ACT scores)

If you want to take the ACT® test during the 7-8 December test dates or beyond, the first step you will take is to register for the test. You can use MyACT.org to register for the test, find a test center, select a test session (Friday or Saturday in the morning or the afternoon, depending on availability), request accommodations, and request additional score reports. Once you have taken the test, you can also use MyACT.org to access your test scores. However, if you are interested in the results of ACT tests you took prior to September 2018, when the computer-based ACT test was first offered, you will need to use a different route to access your scores. You can find a link to those score reports by searching your email. We have created an infographic to help you register and access your s...

UPDATED: Where can students find their test centers?

Do you have students who are registered for the ACT test but are unsure of how to find their test centers? No problem! There are two ways to find a test center’s address. Option 1: Sign in to a student’s ACT account. Go to myact.org and sign in. If you have registered for a non-US ACT test but have not yet taken it, you will see your test center address on your dashboard (click here to see screenshot).   Option 2: Check the student’s email.  The confirmation email you received will have the test center address (click here to see screenshot).   If you need more information before test day, contact ACT Customer Care at act-reg@act.org.

How can ACT Club help you?

We created ACT Club for Educators to help you more effectively prepare your students for a successful future at university and beyond. With that goal in mind, we want your opinion on how to make the website more useful. Do you need more information on ACT® test prep? Would you like more updates on the computer-based delivery of the ACT? Do your students need information on how to study in the United States? Would you like to hear more student stories about preparing for university? Click here to take a poll about ACT Club content and let us know how we can help you.

What students are saying about computer-based testing

Students around the world participated in the first computer-based ACT® test in September. ACT has received plenty of feedback, and fortunately, students found a lot to like about the new format. Here are some student reactions, as taken from a recent ACT survey: Getting scores quicker! Saves time not having to bubble answer sheets Easier to type essays than to handwrite Liked the answer eliminator tool Liked having my own on-screen timer Liked that the passage and items were all on the same screen for the reading test—no flipping back and forth Liked the highlighting in the English and reading passages that pointed students to the relevant section of text to answer the question Liked the ability to flag items and return to them Students also want to see improvements in the process. Some s...

ACT Recommends: Tools to help parents guide their children’s improvement

ACT now offers a new tool for parents looking to help their children succeed academically. ACT Recommends collects world-class online learning tools for K-12 learners, as curated by the experts at ACT. Parents do not have to be learning experts to use ACT Recommends. Instead, they can rely on the learning expertise of ACT team members! ACT Recommends content is selected by the learning, subject matter, and student engagement experts at ACT. This content comes from top providers of online learning tools and high-quality resources for all kinds of learning needs, including: BrainPOP—An essential engagement tool that allows both students and teachers to be involved in the learning process Cell Command—Learn the role of critical cell structures as students return their team safely to the stati...

What to bring (and not bring) to the test center

You can feel calm and prepared for the ACT® test by knowing what you can and cannot bring into your ACT test center! Remember these tips: You MUST bring: Acceptable photo identification (find out more) You CAN bring: A traditional watch (no smart watches and no alarms set) An ACT-approved calculator (Is my calculator approved?) NOTE: Test centers are NOT administering admission tickets at this time. You CANNOT bring: Electronic devices (other than an approved calculator) Textbooks, dictionaries, scratch paper, notes, or other aids (whiteboards will be provided) Highlight pens, colored pens or pencils, or correction fluid/tape Reading material Tobacco or e-cigarettes Food or beverages Prohibited devices To find your test center location, log on to myact.org and navigate to your registration...

Simple steps to register for the ACT test

When your students are ready to take the ACT test, the first step is registering for their chosen test date. To complete the registration process, students will need: About 30 minutes A credit card, voucher, or fee waiver A functional email address A list of grades and courses they have taken To get started, students will need to create a MyACT account. The video below will take them through the process of setting up a MyACT account. Once their MyACT account is created, it’s time to register for the test! The video below gives students step-by-step instructions on how to register. NOTE: If a student has taken the ACT before September 2018 and wants to retake the test, she or he cannot use their old ACT account to retake the test (they can use it to access scores from tests taken before Sep...