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The ACT is a 3 and 3/4 hour exam used for admission to most undergraduate institutions in the United States. All schools that require the ACT also accept the SAT as an alternative. The ACT consists of four multiple choice sections covering a student's knowledge of English, reading, math, and science, as well as an optional essay section.
Our course will teach you to tackle every question type in detail, provide you with effective strategies for managing each section, and help you maximize your overall score.
- 10 hours of initial instruction
- 3 full-length, proctored, ACT practice tests - each followed by a comprehensive review session
- Weekly drop-in study hall
- A copy of The Real ACT Prep Guide
- Class size is limited to 18 students
If you take an ACT course with us and don't get the score you want, we offer a one-time repeat of the next series of course lessons, practice tests and reviews, for a small repeat and materials fee (new book not included).
- If you take a condensed ACT course (offered at a reduced price), and want to retake a full ACT course you will be asked to pay the difference in course fees.
ACT - Frequently Asked Questions
Sandweiss Test Prep realizes students and/or their parents may have many questions before deciding upon which test to take and how test results fit into one's academic plan. We've compiled the following frequently asked questions to address your concerns. Please call us if you need further information.
What is the ACT?
The ACT is a standardized, multiple-choice exam required for admission to most undergraduate universities in the United States. The ACT tests English, Math, Reading, and Science reasoning skills and includes an optional essay section.
The ACT does not test how smart you are, how good a college student you will be, or how good a high school student you were. The ACT tests some basic knowledge and reasoning, but most of all, it tests how good a test taker you are. An efficient, strategic test-taker will score much better than an otherwise bright, studious person who finds it difficult to enter the unique mindset of the ACT. That's unfair, but so is college. So whatever your strengths, it makes sense to maximize your ability to take the test.
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How is the ACT structured?
The ACT consists of four multiple choice sections (English, Math, Reading, and Science) and an optional essay section. The sections are graded on a scale of 1-36 and the final score is an average of the four scores. All the multiple choice questions are weighted equally within each section, though they range from very easy to very difficult.
English: 75 questions - 45 minutes
Math: 60 questions - 60 minutes
Reading: 50 questions - 35 minutes
Science: 40 questions - 35 minutes
Essay: 40 minutes
What's a good score on the ACT?
The score goals for each student will be different. Most state colleges weight your GPA to your ACT score on a scale of around 3:1. So students with higher GPAs can afford to have lower ACT scores for admission to the same school as students with an average GPA.
The mean score for the ACT is around 21. Many schools will publish not the average ACT score of an incoming class, but it is typically between the 25th and 75th percentiles. This indicates that 50% of the students accepted scored between those percentiles. For instance, the University of Washington reported 25th and 75th percentile scores of:
- English: 22 to 29
- Math: 24 to 30
- Composite: 23 to 29
Another way to look at this data is that students scoring above the 75th percentile have an extremely good chance of being accepted, while students scoring below the 25th percentile will likely need additional factors (recruited athlete, alumni parents, etc.) to gain admission.
Whatever your goals, a strong ACT score can not only help boost your chances for admission, but also make you eligible for scholarships. So contact us today and begin the process of learning how to maximize your ACT potential.
When should I take the ACT?
The ACT is offered six times each year: February, April, June, September, October, and December. We recommend you take the ACT in the late winter or early spring of your junior year, so that you have the option of retaking the test again in the late spring or fall. Some students, because of athletic schedules or other issues may prefer to take the test in the fall of their junior year. However, no student should take the test before they are ready. It is better to take the test once you feel fully prepared than to take it multiple times hoping your score will somehow improve.
Sandweiss Test Prep offers courses year-round in both Seattle and Bellevue for every test date. See our ACT course page for more info.
How do I register for the ACT?
The easiest way to register for the ACT is online at www,actstudent.org. The current cost of the test is $56.25 with the essay. You can also register by mail, either by going to the ACT, Inc. website or with registration materials found in the offices of most high school counselors. For a fee you can change your test date if necessary.