ACT

Find out all you need to know about the ACT, how to study, sign up, practice and more with Peterson's extensive ACT articles.

Use Study Guides and Practice Tests to Score High on the ACT

Should you use a study guide, a practice test or both? Find out which is better for you and which will give you the best score on the ACT.

By Brian Pivik updated on August 19, 2015

Free Practice Test for the ACT

Check out some sample questions from the ACT test here!

By Brendan Conway updated on August 18, 2015

What to Ask Your School Counselor about the ACT, SAT, and Your GPA

When you're a high school senior, it is worth your time to discuss your GPA and your ACT and/or SAT scores with your school counselor.

By Brian Pivik updated on August 11, 2015

Comparing the ACT and the SAT

The ACT and the SAT are both used by colleges, but what are the differences between them, and what does the increased popularity of the ACT mean for you?

By Brian Pivik updated on August 11, 2015

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Preparing for the ACT: Where to Start Studying

In order to be prepared for the ACT test it is important that you begin studying well in advance. Find out where and when you should start studying.

By Brian Pivik updated on August 04, 2015

Can You Retake the ACT?

Retaking the ACT means a better chance of scoring better. Find out what you need to know about retaking the test, and how to get a better score.

By Brian Pivik updated on August 04, 2015

When Should I Retake the ACT?

Colleges only consider your highest test scores, so if you do worse on the test the second time around, you can still use the scores from the first test. Find out when to retake your ACT test with our guide.

By Brian Pivik updated on August 04, 2015

Understanding Your ACT Scores: How Did You Do?

Understanding how well you did on the ACT can often be a hard task due to the way they calculate your scores. this article can help you better understand your score and what it means to colleges.

By Brian Pivik updated on August 04, 2015

Private ACT Prep Courses and Tutoring: What is Their Real Value?

Hundreds of private preparation courses exist, some including one-on-one tutoring. When faced with a high price range, questions automatically arise about the actual value and effectiveness of these courses.

By Brian Pivik updated on August 04, 2015

Major Changes to the ACT: Be Sure That You Are Ready

There are a number of changes to the ACT. Keep up to date on the latest with our guide to changes to the ACT test.

By Brian Pivik updated on August 04, 2015

More Strategies for the ACT: Ensuring You Effectively Prepare

Need some ACT study strategies? Look no further than our guide to making the most of your study time.

By Brian Pivik updated on August 04, 2015

Getting Your ACT Scores to Colleges

It is up to the student to direct which colleges receive their ACT scores, which scores colleges receive, and when the scores are sent. Understanding the rules behind sending ACT scores to colleges can help you put your best work forward and help you get into the school of your choice.

By Brian Pivik updated on August 04, 2015

The ACT Test as a Standard State Test

The ACT is more popular than ever, and many states are using it as a standard for college placement.

By Brian Pivik updated on August 04, 2015

The ACT Test for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities can take the ACT test with special accommodations. Find out more about how to apply for and receive these accommodations.

By Brian Pivik updated on July 31, 2015

The ACT: Four Tests in One

The ACT is really four tests in one. Find out what each one means to your ACT score and how to get the best score you can.

By Brian Pivik updated on July 31, 2015

The ACT – A Good Test for International Students to Take

If you're an international student, find out why you should take the ACT, what you need to know, how to study and prepare, the structure of the test, and more.

By Brian Pivik updated on July 23, 2015

ACT Scores: The First Step Is Knowing the Basics about the Test

Knowing the basics about the ACT test, such as test structure, dates, location, and scoring system can help you prepare to achieve the ACT scores you're hoping for

By Brian Pivik updated on July 23, 2015

What You Need to Know About the ACT

Find out what you need to know about the ACT test, how to study and prepare, the structure of the test, and more.

By Brian Pivik updated on July 23, 2015

ACT Scores: The Skinny on the ACT Writing Test

The Writing Test is a 30-minute addition to standard ACT testing with a pretty straightforward format. After being provided paper to record your answer, you’ll be given a written prompt introducing your topic.

By Brian Pivik updated on July 23, 2015

How to sign up for the ACT placement test

Signing up for the ACT? Find out how to do it and what the intricacies are of the sign up process.

By Brian Pivik updated on July 23, 2015

Do Colleges Require the ACT Scores for the ACT Writing Test?

Each school makes its own decision about requiring your ACT scores from this portion of the test -- some require it, others don’t, and still others will accept it, but not require it. Sound complicated? It isn’t, really.

By Brian Pivik updated on July 23, 2015

ACT Phases out Compass Placement Test

Find out why the ACT is phasing out Compass, when it happens, and what it means to you.

By Brian Pivik updated on July 23, 2015

Practice for the ACT Test with the "Real ACT Prep Guide"

Want to improve your ACT scores? Then make sure your ACT prep includes getting ready with Peterson's "Real ACT Prep Guide."

By Peterson's Staff updated on July 07, 2015

Ask the Experts: ACT

Read actual questions from students about the ACT and see answers and advice from college planning and admissions experts

By Peterson's Staff updated on March 20, 2014

ACT Scoring Help: About the ACT

The ACT is a standardized college entrance exam that measures your knowledge and skills in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning, as well as your ability to apply these skills to future academic tasks.

By Peterson's Staff updated on March 20, 2014

High ACT Scores: Need-to-Know Tips and Strategies

Don't cram. You are being tested on knowledge that you have accumulated over the course of the year. And over the past few months especially, you've been taking ACT prep.

By Ryan Hickey updated on March 20, 2014

Improve ACT Scores with Sample ACT Test Questions

Before starting ACT prep to improve your ACT scores, you can answer these sample ACT test questions to see where you should focus your study time.

By Peterson's Staff updated on March 20, 2014

Prepare for High ACT Scores with the PLAN Assessment

Ever wondered how your ACT scores might turn out if you took ACT testing today? You can get a good idea of how you might score by taking the PLAN Assessment during your sophomore year.

By Peterson's Staff updated on March 20, 2014

Peterson's Practice Tests for the ACT

Taking an ACT practice test can help you get familiar with the exam and improve your ACT scores. Get started on your ACT prep today.

By Peterson's Staff updated on March 20, 2014

Peterson's Online Course for the ACT

Improve your ACT scores by using an ACT course during your ACT prep; it contains personalized lessons, quizzes, practice tests, and more.

By Peterson's Staff updated on March 20, 2014
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