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It’s Time to Register for the December ACT

According to the ancient Mayan prediction, 2012 marks the end of the world. So, if you want to take the ACT before the world ends, you better sign up now! The last ACT exam before 2012 is on December 10th, but you have to sign up by November 4th–which is approaching!

 Reasons you should take the ACT:

1. You don’t think the world is ending when the clock strikes twelve at January 1, 2012, and perhaps you will get the chance to go to college in the future, for which you will need either the ACT or SAT to apply.

2. Almost every 4-year college in the U.S. accepts the ACT for admissions.

3. If you’re a junior in high school, it’s a great idea to take the test now to see what it’s like, study for it, and then try to raise your score!

How the test breaks down:

There are four sections that make up your composite score: 45 minutes for English, 60 minutes for math, 35 minutes for reading, and 35 minutes for science. There is a 30 minute writing section, which is mandatory, but the score is not included in the composite score. Woo! It’s still critical that you take the writing section part though because college admissions are required to look at your work.

How to prepare for the ACT:

If you have the means–and the will–taking a dry run of the test can help you prepare because not only are you taking the test, but you’ll be experiencing, first-hand, the pressure and environment that you can’t realistically recreate while taking a practice test.

You can also purchase a study book or take a class offered at your school, offered by a local vender, or a private tutor. Often times the ACT questions involve skills you already have (if you’ve been paying attention in school), it’s just a matter a pinpointing which skill set you need to use to make your way to the correct answer.

Have more questions on the ACT? Ask a question below and we’ll try to get you an answer!