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Your ACT Tutor: A Guide to Finding The Perfect Match

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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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ACT Test Tips

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So, you’ve registered for the ACT. You have your test date, meaning you know which Saturday of the year you’re going to have to waste four hours filling in bubbles with a No. 2 pencil. Here’s the worst thing about the ACT: it’s actually important. So… where to begin? Where do you start in learning how to study for the ACT? What are the best test tips? There are 735,148 results when you type in ACT on Amazon (check, we’re not kidding). There are probably hundreds of local tutoring companies who are offering the “best” service to study you for the test (at an exceptionally high hourly rate). The beginning of this process can feel like a long, winding, road. And it is. We’re not here to lie to you. You’re going to put in hours into studying and taking practice tests. But there’s an effective way to manage these hours, balance all the different options in front of you, and choosing the routes that are best. It’s all about having the right test tips.

The most important thing about the ACT is that it is predictable. If you know how to study for the ACT, you will know exactly what to expect on the test and when to expect it. It is predictable, calculated, and contains little to no surprises. So, with that in mind, let’s discuss how to study for the ACT, and the best test tips.

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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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