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Boost Your ACT Score With Personalized Test Prep
  • Posted on Fri, Apr 01, 2016 @ 14:04 PM

High school students spend about 5500 hours in class and 1500 hours on extracurricular activities.


These two categories reflect 50% and 25% of the college admission picture. The other 25% of a student's application is the ACT exam.

The ACT is a standardized test used to measure the success of the student with high school academics and gauge him or her for admission to college. As little as 20 hours of ACT test prep instruction can dramatically improve this quarter of a college application.

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Benefits To Taking the ACT Test A Second Time
  • Posted on Sun, Mar 06, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

Is it really worth it to retest?

With a test like the ACT, practice makes perfect. Studying alone can help, but tutoring and practice exams have more of a positive impact on a student's score. It's always important to consider taking the ACT multiple times  

If a student wants to increase the overall average of their composite score, they should retake the test. The ACT uses a composite score which means, the final score is a combined average of the four sections of the test.

So, is the test really worth taking again? Yes!

Not every student will improve their scores, but according to the people at ACT.org, 57% of students increased their composite score with a retest.
There are several factors that come into play the first time a student takes the ACT. 
  • A student might exhibit poor time management or test strategy.
  • A student might be more nervous or anxious.
  • A student might be sick, emotionally compromised (they are adolescents, after all), or poorly prepared.
  • Their expectations of the exam did not match the actual experience of taking the exam.

One section of the test can significantly impact the composite score. So, how does one make sure a retest is successful?

Learn from the First Test

Examine the scores from the first test and consider which sections need the most improvement. A private ACT tutor can impact the scores on each section dramatically. If a student’s English and reading scores were significantly lower than the Math and Science sections, a tutor's help can be the missing factor for success in all categories. If you need an ACT tutor in Chicago, Chicago Academic would be a good company to check out. 

Be Realistic

In the world of college admissions, the difference of 1-2 points on an ACT test can make the difference between getting into the right school or not. While it's important to remember, students with an initial score between 18 and 31 only have a 1% chance of improving a score by 5 points. If the initial score is higher, there is a less likely chance a student will have any significant improvement beyond 1-2 points. 


It’s always better to take the test sooner rather than later. Taking the test within three months will help to retain the information and the strategy. If a student takes the test in April, be sure to register for the next test in June.

Don’t Stress

Remember the importance of remaining calm. Putting any unnecessary stress on the test can have an extremely negative outcome on your score. The best we can do is to remember to take a deep breath and be sure we are well-prepared and well-practiced.

There is a reason that the ACT can be taken several times. The variety of reasons behind why a student didn’t preform the way they had hoped they would the first time is why they are given the opportunity for multiple tests. College entrance exams aren’t an exact science, so having multiple opportunities ensures that each student has a fair shot.

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Why You Should Spend More Time Thinking About Test Prep
  • Posted on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 11:02 AM

It may seem like everywhere you look there are mentions of the ACT and how to prepare for it. While it may sometimes feel like overkill, there’s actually a very good reason why test prep is being pushed heavily.

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on ACT Test Prep
  • Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 12:01 PM

The ACT is one of those things where it pays to be prepared. Kind of like storms and power outages.

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For Your Hard Word So Far, Take This Gift From Us: Helpful Tips To Take On The ACT Exam
  • Posted on Sat, Oct 17, 2015 @ 14:10 PM

The ACT is difficult not because of the questions, but because the scores have a huge impact on your child's future. Here are some of out tips to help you guide them to increase their ACT score!

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What Is The ACT Exam? Can I Effectively Take It?
  • Posted on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 @ 11:10 AM
Give Your Child The Extra Help They Need To Improve Their ACT Exam Score
  • Posted on Sat, Oct 10, 2015 @ 11:10 AM


Getting back an ACT score that is less-than-stellar can be a bit of a self-esteem killer for students.

First of all, remind your child that this test isn’t a gauge of intelligence, it is a test on test-taking.

I've devised a step-by-step method to help your child achieve their ACT goal.

It happens a lot some very brilliant students can get mediocre scores.

For instance, the Science section has nothing to do with actual science knowledge—it is chart reading ability, a learned skill! 

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Start Early: Preparing In Advance Makes Taking The ACT Easy
  • Posted on Tue, Oct 06, 2015 @ 11:10 AM

Being prepared for the ACT will help eliminate stress for both you and your child, and will make the process go much smoother.

'Though most students won’t take the ACT until their Junior year, it’s important to start getting ready before that.

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Easy To Use Resources To Help You Prepare For Tests
  • Posted on Sat, Oct 03, 2015 @ 11:10 AM

As parents, we sometimes need a little help - okay, maybe a lot of help. And that’s not a bad thing. It actually makes us great parents.

When we understand our shortcomings as parents and seek outside help to ensure our kids still get the very best, that makes us great parents - that makes us awesome parents!

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What Your High School Junior Year GPA Means and What Helps If You're Falling Behind
  • Posted on Sun, Sep 20, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Two years is a long time in the perspective of a sixteen-year-old, but as you very well know, two years fly by like nothing.


Your child's first day of high school jitters are probably still fresh in your memory.

And just think, in another two years, you'll be shipping off your young one to college. Wow. "Time flying" doesn't do it justice: Time rockets forward! 

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