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The ACT science test: Tips for test day

The ACT science test is one of four multiple-choice tests (along with the optional writing test) students will take on ACT test day. The science test measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences. The test contains 40 questions, and students will have 35 minutes to complete them. The content includes biology, chemistry, Earth and space sciences (geology, astronomy, and meteorology), and physics. Students do not need to have advanced knowledge of these areas but instead should have background knowledge you have acquired in high school classes. The test presents several authentic scientific scenarios, each followed by a number of questions. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while taking the ACT science test: 1. Rea...

The ACT mathematics test: 6 tips for test day

The ACT mathematics test is one of four multiple-choice tests students will encounter on ACT test day (along with the optional writing test, if they signed up to take it). This test measures the math skills students have typically gained at school up to the beginning of grade 12. The test contains 60 questions, and students will have 60 minutes to complete them. Students may use an ACT-approved calculator on the test, but it is not required. It covers math skills related to real and complex number systems, algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability, and how well students can synthesize and apply their understanding of these concepts to solve complex problems. Here are six tips students should keep in mind while taking the ACT mathematics test: 1. Use the calculator wisely...

The ACT English test: 6 tips students should remember on test day

The ACT English test is one of four multiple-choice tests students take on ACT test day. (There is also an optional writing test.) The test puts students in the position of a writer or editor who makes decisions to revise or edit the presented text. It measures the following skills: Understanding of the English language and its conventions—Sentence structure, punctuation, word usage Understanding of the writing process—Identifying a purpose and focus of a passage Knowledge of language skills—Using the correct word choice and consistency in style and tone There are 75 questions on the English test, and students have 45 minutes to complete them. The test is structured around five essays or passages, each followed by a set of multiple-choice questions. Some questions refer to portions of the ...

5 key test day strategies: Help students do their best on the test!

ACT® test day doesn’t have to be a stressful or anxious situation. It’s an exciting first step toward students’ future, and knowing how to take the test will help give them a more relaxed and productive test day experience. Using good judgment and caution while taking the test is just as important as knowing the test’s content. To do their best on the ACT, students should remember not to rush themselves. Be mindful and careful. Remind students of these tips: Pace yourself. Make sure you have enough time to read the questions and figure out your responses. Spend less time on the questions you are confident you got right so you can use the remaining time to review questions that were difficult for you. Avoid spending too much time on any single question. Read the dire...

What is the ACT writing test (and why should students take it)?

When students sign up to take the ACT® test, they have the opportunity to take the optional ACT writing test—a 40-minute essay test that measures writing skills. Some universities (or academic programs within those universities) require the ACT writing test for admission, while others do not. This is why ACT made the writing test the only optional section of the overall ACT test. If students are considering taking the writing test on test day, their first priority should be to determine whether their top university choices require the writing exam. Keep in mind there is an extra fee to take the writing test, so finding the requirement before registration will save students money! What does the test measure? The writing test contains a single question describing a complex issue and asks stu...

UPDATED: Watch a Webinar on ACT Test Prep

Webinar: What Test Prep is Right for Me? Duration: 60 minutes Students face high stakes when taking a university admissions exam, as the scores they achieve are a huge factor in gaining acceptance to university. That is why so many students take advantage of free or paid test prep. But choosing the right test prep tools can be overwhelming. Watch a free webinar designed to inform students, parents, and educators about test prep options created by the makers of the ACT test. We cover which test prep tools students should consider, based on their needs, and talk about strategies students can use to fully prepare for test day. Click here to watch the webinar!

Test Prep Spotlight: ACT Online Prep

Are your students looking to get an edge on taking the ACT test with the flexibility to prepare whenever and wherever they have time? ACT Online Prep is the answer. ACT Online Prep is the only online test preparation tool from the makers of the ACT test. ACT Online Prep can give students the confidence and readiness to achieve their best score on the ACT test. Featuring real questions from previous versions of the ACT test, ACT Online Prep helps your students become familiar with the test content (and receive a predicted ACT test score) while receiving personalized learning paths to track and improve progress. With a six-month subscription to ACT Online Prep, students will receive: Full-length practice tests to simulate the actual ACT exam A free mobile app Tools to track progress A game c...

Introducing ACT Rapid Review: Affordable live and on-demand test prep

Students now have more online learning resources to help them increase their academic readiness with the introduction of ACT® Rapid Review™ by Kaplan. ACT Rapid Review by Kaplan is a suite of products offering all the benefits of livestreaming instruction and a comprehensive video library. Students can drop into a live virtual classroom or watch recorded video sessions, all taught by expert instructors. ACT Rapid Review offers three options to fit students’ unique needs and learning styles: ACT® Rapid Review™ Live provides the last-minute content focus students need to be ready on test day, with access to a virtual classroom and live teaching from expert instructors. ACT® Rapid Review™ On Demand features a video archive where students can access a library of top-quality recorded instructio...

Students in China can practice taking the ACT test before the December test date

Students in China will get a chance to practice taking the ACT® university admissions exam by taking an ACT mock test!   This opportunity will be available in five cities on 1 December, and the deadline to sign up is 25 November! Use the registration link below to participate.   ACT CBT Mock Testing—China Date: 1 December Locations: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Nanjing, and Hefei Registration link: https://eztest.org/student/enroll/753/#/ Telephone: 0086-13671713546 Click here for more information about ACT mock testing.

Infographic: 12 ways to reduce test anxiety

It’s normal for students to be nervous about taking a university entrance exam. After all, it represents their first big step toward university and their desired careers. That’s why we have included a helpful infographic with 12 tips to reduce test anxiety. Some are as simple as keeping a positive attitude, while also remembering the tools that are built into the computer-based test format to help students narrow down answer choices and focus on important text. Click here to download the infographic.

ACT Rapid Review: Live, online, just-in-time test prep

Your students can get affordable, last-minute test prep for the October ACT® test with ACT Rapid Review Live from Kaplan. Rapid Review features live, online instruction from ACT test experts, and students can learn tips and strategies for mastering math, science, English, reading, or all four areas. Courses are offered at introductory or advanced instruction levels. Lessons are being offered now until 25 October–just in time for the 26-27 October ACT test dates! Individual classes take approximately 2.5 hours to complete and are offered from $25 for a single course to $75 for an all-access pass. Students can use this link to sign up for a Rapid Review course. If students have not registered for the October ACT test, they can use this link to sign up before the 19 October deadline! &n...

Four easy ways to prepare for the ACT test

Preparing to take the ACT® test doesn’t have to be an overwhelming endeavor. There are many ways to prepare. Here are four easy steps your students can take to prepare for test day. TAKE A PRACTICE TEST—Taking a free practice ACT test helps your students familiarize themselves with the format and types of questions asked. After taking a practice test, students can take note of their strengths and (more importantly) identify areas where they can improve. PLAN PRACTICE AND STUDY TIME—Encourage your students to set aside small amounts of time devoted to studying over an extended period. They can keep a calendar of their schedules, but they should be sure to keep it flexible for surprise homework assignments, extracurricular activities, and fun. KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE—Encourage students to p...