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Designed for test takers wanting guided instruction and desiring the highest score increase, Peterson’s online ACT course provides equal parts strategy and content review.

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What is the ACT?

The ACT is an exam to measure what a student has learned in high school and gauge an individual’s academic college readiness. Most colleges and universities require reported scores ACT, SAT, or other standardized tests to help make admissions decisions.


Isn’t that what grades are for, you ask? Yes, however, high school curriculum and grading policies vary from state to state. Additionally, independent and parochial schools are exempt from federal and state standards. By having students all take the same test, admissions officers can better compare applicants within their cohort.

What’s on the ACT?

The ACT is a multiple choice test containing four sections: English, Reading, Math, and Science. It also offers an optional Essay section. Some colleges require the ACT essay, so make sure to check with the colleges to which you’re applying before deciding to opt out of the ACT Essay.

How is the ACT scored?

Each of the four sections of the ACT are scored on a 1 to 36 point scale, a 36 being a perfect score. Your total score is calculated based on the average of your four scores and is also on a 1 to 36 point scale. The writing test is scored separately.

Who takes the ACT?

Students who wish to attend college. Most students take the ACT in their third and/or fourth year of high school.

Should I prep for the ACT? How Much?

The ACT is 3 hours long, almost 4 hours if you take the essay section. With anything of that magnitude, a little practice is in order. Plus, a higher score makes you a more competitive applicant for both colleges and scholarships.


While everyone is different, Peterson’s recommends at least six weeks of preparation for test day, longer if you are looking for a substantial score increase. Peterson’s ACT test prep products all help students create a personalized study plan.

How do I register for the ACT?

ACT registration deadlines fall approximately 4 weeks before each test date. Register online on the ACT website at www.act.org.

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