Preparing for the ACT

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The ACT is one of the most widely-used metrics by admissions officers today, and is one of three major determining factors when evaluation college admissions. It has now exceeded the SAT® as the most taken test in North America. If your teen is preparing to take this test, he or she will need as much preparation as possible to ensure success. Tutor Doctor has helped tens of thousands of students achieve higher scores on their high-stakes tests, including the ACT.

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The Structure of the ACT

The ACT was originally called the American College Testing Program, developed by Professor Everett Lindquist at the University of Iowa. He believed that the SAT® was flawed because it only tested a student’s ability to learn—essentially testing one skill a few different ways. He believed a better test would measure how much a student had actually learned in school.

The ACT is divided into four content sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Students earn a score of 1-36 in each section; however, the most important result is the composite score. The composite score is created by averaging the four scores together—this is the number that the admissions office will use to evaluate your teen’s application. The average score for the ACT is 21.

Test Dates for the ACT

2017-2018 School Year

  • ACT October
    • ​​​​​​​Test Date: October 28, 2017
  • ACT December

    • Test Date: December 9, 2017

  • ACT February

    • Test Date: February 10, 2018*

  • ACT April

    • Test Date: April 14, 2018

  • ACT June

    • Test Date: June 9, 2018

  • ACT July

    • Test Date: July 14, 2018*

* No test centers are scheduled in NY for the February and July test date.

How Tutor Doctor Can Help

The structure of the ACT allows students a bit of grace if they are stronger in one content area than another. However, it also means that one weak area could drag down the score of the entire test. If your teen struggles with one or two areas, their exceptional skill in another area may not be enough to differentiate their score from thousands of other applicants.

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Tutor Doctor offers professional and experienced tutors who have helped hundreds of thousands of students just like your child—in the comfort of their own homes. We reinforce your teen’s content knowledge, filling in any gaps he or she might have in the four main areas. In addition, we provide students with test taking strategies that will improve their memory, boost their confidence, and reduce their mistakes—resulting in a higher score!

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