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So you took the ACT! Now what?

Early applicants to colleges and universities can receive one of three different decisions: accepted, denied, or deferred to the regular pool. Everyone knows it's good to be accepted and disappointing to be denied. But what does a deferral mean? And how should you handle it?

How to make sense of Early Admissions and Early Decisions?

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Free ACT Test Prep

Are you considering taking the ACT exam?

Ever since its inception in 1959, the ACT has increased in popularity as an alternative entrance achievement test to the SAT. Today, ACT enrollment now virtually equals that of the SAT. Many students who score low on the SAT do very well on the ACT, and almost every college accepts ACT scores. Many colleges (especially Midwestern schools) even prefer them over SAT’s.

Here at FreeACTTestPrep, we want to provide you with an advantage on test day. We have all the test format information, guidelines, and tips (general tips and tips for each subject). We’ve summarized all the important information, so you can feel worry-free on test day!

About the ACT

The ACT contains multiple choice tests in four subject areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. It also includes an optional Writing Test.

Choosing a Test Date

Always keep in mind that it takes between four to eight weeks for ACT scores to be mailed out to both your colleges and you. For this reason, take note of the application deadlines for the colleges you plan to apply to.

Colleges typically prefer that students take the ACT exam in their junior year, which is when most students will have completed most of the coursework covered in the ACT. That test timing also means students have test scores in hand during the summer before their senior year, which is when colleges love to contact students. Also, taking the ACT in your junior year allows you the opportunity (in most cases) to retake the exam in the fall of your senior year if you’re unhappy with your scores.


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