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Your ACT Tutor: A Guide to Finding The Perfect Match

A student listens to an ACT tutor through her computer and takes notes

The ACT is an important standardized test reviewed by college admissions offices. Most high school students take the ACT in 11th grade, but that doesn’t mean they can’t start preparing early. In fact, studying for the ACT test in 10th grade can ensure that you (or your high schooler) are extremely familiar with the exam and know what to expect.

ACT tutoring can help increase your test scores and make you a stronger candidate when applying to college. But how do you find an ACT tutor who works for you? Here’s a look at what to expect from an ACT tutor — plus how to find the right one for you.

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Best ACT Prep Books: Study Better and Score Higher

Best ACT prep book: A high school student looks through books on a library shelf

Cracking the ACT isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. But, finding a high-quality ACT prep book is one of the best places to start when studying for the exam.

Working through an ACT test book can help high school students familiarize themselves with test questions and the style of answer choices seen on the ACT. By knowing what to look for, students will increase their chances of getting a high score on the ACT. A great ACT score, along with an above-average SAT score, is an important factor in standing out to college admissions and improving your overall competitiveness as an applicant.

From practice questions to step-by-step answer explanations, here's a list of the best ACT prep books to boost your preparedness for the ACT exam.

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What Does the ACT Stand For?

What does ACT stand for?

It’s that time of year! As we all know preparing for college entrance exams can be confusing area. Here I hope to introduce you to a rapidly growing standardized test by starting with the definition. For more information on TutorMe, check out our original ACT Preparation Course – the most effective way to study for the test.

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The ACT Math Test

How to Study and Succeed on The ACT Math Test

The section on the ACT that provides the highest percentage of difficulty for most students is the ACT Math test. It’s the longest section both in time allotted (60 minutes) and in the number of questions (60 questions). Logic would tell you that this mean you should spend an average on 1 minute per question. While this logic stands mathematically, it does not apply to the actual test. There will be questions that take you twenty seconds to solve, and some that will take up to 3 minutes.

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ACT English Test

ACT English

Introduction to ACT English

Welcome to the ACT English test, where you’ll see lots of underlined words, boxed in paragraphs, over punctuated English, and under developed fragments.

Here are the details: the ACT English test is 45 minutes long, with 75 questions split over 5 different passages. There are exactly 15 questions per passage, and all are roughly the same length.

An important note: The essays and passages on the ACT English test are written in the voice and quality of average high school upperclassmen. This means that you should always be on the lookout for colloquial language, but know that the passages will not be out of your pay grade when it comes to reading comprehension. You’re not going to get a complicated breakdown of nuclear physics or the planetary orbit (Don’t be too upset, those will be on the science and reading tests).

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