Students of grades 10 to 12 in the United States is required to pass the ACT test to submit their score to the college and universities they are applying to. It is like the SAT, but the ACT has a science section when the SAT does not.

There is an optional writing section in the ACT test which adds 40 minutes of the 2 hours and 55 minutes allowed to pass the test. If you choose to do the writing test the total time adds up to 3 hours and 35 minutes.

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There is an optional writing section in the ACT reading test that you should prepare for to score higher. (Photo by Wadi Lissa on Unsplash)

The topics covered in the ACT exam goes as follow:

English

This section is about the English language. It has 75 questions and 45 minutes to answer them. You get 36 seconds to answer each question.

Math

The math part of the ACT is 60 questions and has a duration of 60 minutes. This lets you 1 minute per question to answer.

Reading

The reading section of the ACT consists of a short text that you must read to answer the questions associated with it. This part has 40 questions and 35 minutes to answer them, which is about 52 seconds per question.

Science

The science section is about understanding science concepts and theories. This section has 40 questions with a duration of 35 minutes, which gives you around 52 seconds per question to answer.

Writing

The writing part is optional and consists of writing a short essay. It is one question and you have 40 minutes to complete it.

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How the ACT is scored?

The ACT is scored numerically from 1 to 36 points for the four first parts which are English, reading, math, and science. The score of your test is the average of the scores you got for each part of the test.

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The score of your test will be an average score of each part of the ACT reading exam. (Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash)

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

You can benefit from the help of an online tutor to help you with your ACT exam. He can help you with learning efficiency and learning speed, he can help you improve your reading abilities and he can help improve your motivation.

With his experience, your ACT tutor can help find quality content because he knows how to find it. It can be hard to find good content online because anyone can post whatever they want on it. With his experience teaching, your tutor can find the most up-to-date content for you to help you prepare for the ACT test.

With a tutor, you will save a lot of time because he will do all the research you would otherwise need to do yourself.

By making you read different stories, your ACT tutor can help you improve your reading. He can also ask you questions to make sure you understood well what you read. In the end, the more you read, the easier it will be to do the ACT test.

Next, your tutor can help you improve your motivation. We know that sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated when you work hard on something. Your tutor knows that, and he has experience helping other students with motivational issues. He can talk with you about why you want to do the ACT test and that could remind you of your initial reasons to do so.

For example, maybe you do the test to get admitted to your favorite college. Every reason is a good one to keep you motivated.

Finally, you should remember that your teacher’s priority is your success.

How to find the right tutor that suits you?

When you look for a tutor online, you should consider three main things to make the right choice.

Location

You should first check where your tutor’s studio is located. This is especially important in the case you are looking for in-person private tutoring. If you only want to get online lessons through video chat, location is not as important to consider. Google Maps is the right tool to figure out how long it will take you to travel to meet with your tutor to receive your ACT training lessons.

We think that one-hour travel time should be the maximum because anything above one hour can start to have a negative impact on your motivation and that could negatively impact your success at the ACT exam.

Skills

The amount of skills the tutor has depends on your needs and on your budget. Some people need a tutor that is highly skilled because they think the ACT is a big challenge that they need a lot of help with. The other will need a tutor for more basic things like making a schedule or motivational support.

Whether you choose an ACT tutor with a lot or a little less skill, the hourly wage will vary with the skills. In fact, tutors with more skills are harder to find so they can charge a higher hourly wage.

Finally, whatever your location or your skills, there is a tutor available for you to help you with the ACT. It may take you a little more time to find one, but you will eventually.

Personality

Personality is a factor that is often not considered by people looking for an ACT tutor in the United States.  According to experts, learning with someone that has a personality like ours is easier. You can try to find a tutor that has a personality like you online.

To do that you can start by reading the description tutors provide online on websites like Superprof.

You can also send a message to the tutor of your choice if you would like to get more information about him. He will happily answer you.

You shouldn’t worry about making a mistake when choosing your ACT online tutor. Most tutors offer the first lesson for free so if you think you made a mistake you can simply change, free of charge.

Your success is your tutor’s priority so he will understand if you choose to change.

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Your success is your tutor’s priority. Be sure to discuss what type of things you struggle with and how you would like him or her to help you. (Photo by Hannah Olinger on Unsplash)

Tips to succeed at the ACT test

Practice

You can never practice enough when preparing for the ACT test. You can set a schedule and practice for example one hour a day or a couple of hours per week. The key to success with the ACT is to be consistent in your practice.

You can read many books to help you with your reading skills. You can also solve many mathematical problems to be prepared for the ACT exam.

Know the structure of the exam

One of the best strategies for success at the ACT exam is to know how the exam is structured. You should know the topics covered in the exam. You should also know how much time you have to answer every question in every part of the ACT exam.

This trick is simple but effective to increase your score.

You just need to get familiar with the structure of the test to be comfortable when you do it.

Answer every question even if you are not sure

There is no penalty when making a mistake at a question in the ACT. That means you should answer every question even if you are not fully sure of the answer. It is better to make a mistake than not answering at all at the ACT exam.

We hope this short guide helped you understand the main topics covered in the ACT and how to have success in them.

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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.