The ACT test is a test that students from 11 and 12 grade in the United States take for college and university admission. In fact, the students will use their scores on the test to help them get admitted to the university of their choice.

The majority of graduating high school students in the United States take the ACT test each year.

The test has 5 sections which are English, reading, math, science, and writing. The writing section of the test is optional, and it gives you 40 additional minutes to complete the test when you choose to do it. The length of the test without the writing section is 2 hours and 55 minutes.

The test cost $50.50 USD without writing and $67.00 USD with the writing part.

The maximum score you can get at the ACT is 36. The average score is 21 and there is no penalty for a wrong answer so you should answer every question even if you are not 100% sure of the answer.

You need to register 5 weeks before the exam date.

There is a similar exam, the SAT, that is also accepted by every college or university in the US. Some people choose to do both as it gives them the opportunity to have a competitive score on both exams.

The only main difference between the two tests is that the ACT has a science section and the SAT does not.

You can find out online if you need to do the SAT, the ACT, or both.

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Should you get an online tutor to help you succeed at the ACT exam?

An online tutor can help you in many ways with your ACT exam. He can help you with learning efficiency and learning speed, he can help you improve your reading speed and he can help you with motivation.

A tutor can help you with learning efficiency because, with his experience teaching, he knows what content quality content is. There is a lot of content for free on the internet, but it can be difficult to know what quality content is because anyone can post anything on the internet. Your tutor knows that and can make sure you get the highest quality and up-to-date content available.

Your private tutor can help you with learning speed because he can do all the research you would otherwise need to do on your own. That can make you save a lot of time.

Your ACT tutor can help you with your reading. He can help you improve your learning speed by making you read different stories. He can ask you questions to make sure you understand what you read. Finally, the more you read, the more you will read fast and will understand what you read.

Next, we know that it can be hard to stay motivated on your own. It is always a good thing to have someone experienced with students like you, to help you with motivation. Your teacher can remind you how important the ACT test is for you in case you forget.

In the end, your teacher’s goal is your success.

How to find the right tutor that suits you?

To find the right tutor it is important to consider a few things. Here are the three most important factors you should consider when choosing your ACT test tutor online.

Location

You should check if the tutor you are looking for is in the same city as you. Unless you only want to get online lessons via video chat, you need to consider location before choosing a tutor. You can use Google Maps to find out how long it will take you to travel to meet with your tutor.

We think that you should find a tutor that is located somewhere it would take you less than an hour to travel to not impact your motivation negatively.

Skills

The number of skills the tutor you will choose should have depended on your needs and on your budget. Some people need a tutor that is highly skilled to help them with the challenges associated with the ACT exam. The other will only need someone to help them with basic things like finding good content or help with schedule making.

It is also important to know that the most experience and skills a tutor has, the highest his hourly wage will be because there is less tutor that has a high amount of skills.

Finally, whatever your location or your skills there is a tutor that is available to help you. Sometimes he is just a little bit harder to find, but we are confident you will find one eventually.

Personality

Personality is another important factor to consider when choosing a tutor to help you with your ACT test. It is proven that learning with someone that has a personality like ours is easier. For example, if you are a little shy, then you can find a tutor that is also like you, so you understand each other better.

If for whatever reason you think you made a mistake choosing your online tutor for the ACT test, you can simply change free of charge. Most tutors even offer the first lesson for free to allow you some time to decide if he is the right one or no.

Your tutor will understand if you choose to get another because his priority is your success.

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Tips to prepare for the ACT test

Here are some of the best tips to help you prepare for the ACT exam.

Be aware of the time

The ACT test has a strict time limit. If you are conscious about the time allowed for each part in advance, you increase your chance of success. The time breakdown for each section goes as follow:

English: 45 minutes for 75 questions

Math: 60 minutes for 60 questions

Reading: 35 minutes for 40 questions

Science: 35 minutes for 40 questions

Writing: 40 minutes to write one essay

Know that you can make mistakes

There is no penalty if you make a mistake on the ACT exam. That means you should answer every question even if you are not sure of the correct answer. In other words, in the ACT exam, a wrong answer is still better than no answer at all.

Take notes

When you read the stories or the questions of the test, you should take notes to remember the key parts of it. You can also underline important words in the questions to make sure you read them carefully. Many mistakes are unfortunately because the student didn’t understand the question.

Keep difficult question for the end

Every question in the ACT weighs the same so there is no reason to waste time on a question you don’t know the answer to. Skip that question and come back at the end with your remaining time.

The more the better

In the essay part of the ACT, students that hand a longer essay generally score better.

Practice

The most important tip we can give you is still practice. You can never practice too much for this important exam. Set a schedule and respect it every day or every week to prepare properly for this test.

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The most important tip we can give you is still practice. (Photo by Santi Vedrí on Unsplash)

We hope this short guide will help you prepare properly for the ACT exam.

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Linda

Former high-school tutor with a passion for science and technology, I now work in the software industry and enjoy reading and learning about all kinds of topics.