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What is the ACT?

The ACT is a college entrance examination now accepted by virtually all admissions offices throughout the country as an alternative to the SAT. Because the ACT is shorter and less conceptual, some students find it is better suited to them. While we can help make that determination, it's important to note that some schools have a preference for either the ACT or SAT, so be sure to check the website of the institution(s) to which you are applying.

Who takes it and when?

Students typically take the ACT twice, once in the 11th grade and again in the 12th grade, allowing enough time in between for additional practice and focused ACT preparation. The test is offered on various dates throughout the school year.

How are the ACT and SAT different?

The ACT measures a student's academic achievement and skills more than aptitude, and the questions tend to be more straightforward and linear than on the SAT. Scores for all four sections (English, Math, Reading, and Science) are averaged together into one composite score, while the SAT provides a score for each section. The ACT also features an optional writing section that measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. And finally, there are no penalties on the ACT for wrong answers.

How do I know which test is better for my child?

Students who are proficient in all four sections find the ACT a better match due to its composite score average. For example, the Math section on the ACT counts as 25% of the overall composite score, and on the SAT it counts as 50%. Another consideration is that the ACT is less of an endurance challenge, lasting under 3 hours for the basic exam without writing, versus nearly 4 hours for the full SAT. Some students find the shorter length of the ACT easier to manage.

Getting into the ACT.

While group classes can teach overall test structure and basic strategies for the ACT, personalized, one-on-one ACT prep ensures the best results. At Next Level Learning the best ACT tutors in New York focus on developing specific skills and techniques that complement the student's individual learning style. As with the SAT, we recommend students allow at least six months for ACT preparation so they're fully ready on test day. Contact Next Level Learning to find out how the best ACT tutoring in New York City can give your child an advantage as college approaches.

"Next Level helped me deal with the pressure that I was feeling about the ACT, and I brought my scores up in the fall of my senior year. I got into my first choice school."
- Hannah L.,
Student at School of the Future