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Course SummaryThis ACT prep course is designed to get you ready for the ACT and earn the highest score possible. Accessible on any computer or mobile device, this comprehensive course contains short video lessons and interactive practice quizzes to help you quickly master all of the ACT's exam topics.
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About The Course
Preparing for the ACT is easy with the short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in this course. You'll find lessons for every topic covered in each section of the ACT.
Review grammar and punctuation rules for the English section. Brush up on algebra, trigonometry and geometry for the math section. Refresh yourself on scientific experimentation and graphing for the science reasoning section. You'll also have the chance to hone your reading comprehension and writing skills for the reading and writing sections. Each lesson not only covers the knowledge and skills you'll need to prepare for and pass the SAT, but also presents the information in a way that's specific to the test.
This course was last updated in 2020.
About the ACT
All postsecondary schools in the U.S. accept the ACT as an admissions assessment tool, and some require this or a similar assessment exam for admission. It's used to determine the knowledge level of college applicants in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, science and writing. The writing section is separate but may be required by some colleges and universities. The test is administered at testing centers in the U.S. six times between September and June and five times per year internationally.
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ACT Registration and Preparation
The cost of the ACT covers a score report for you, your high school and a maximum of four colleges. Additional fees apply to college submissions beyond the first four, late registration, test date or testing center changes, standby testing, and a personal report of the test questions and answer key. The basic registration fee can be waived for high school juniors and seniors who are U.S. residents and qualify for one or more need-based programs or receive foster care, have no permanent housing or are wards of the state.
You can view video lessons in all of the subject areas and track your progress. Each lesson includes a quiz that allows you to confirm your understanding of the topics. Videos and text lessons on the site help you learn testing strategies and review subject-area content to prepare for the actual test. For quick-reference ACT study info check out our ACT tips & tricks resource! It includes helpful study tips for each section of the exam, day-of test-taking information, and a detailed breakdown of commonly used math formulas for the ACT.
Registration for the ACT is available online or by mail. On test day, you'll need your printed test ticket, current photo identification, and soft-lead #2 pencils. An approved calculator can be used for the mathematics portion of the test. Books, study aids, unapproved writing utensils, cell phones and other electronic devices aren't allowed in the testing center.
ACT Scoring and Score Reports
Section scores range from 1-36 and are based on the questions answered correctly; wrong answers are not penalized. The average of the section scores makes up the Composite Score. The writing score is presented as both a separate writing subscore and combined English/Writing score. Neither of these factor into the English section or composite score. You can view your score report online or have it mailed 3-8 weeks after testing. The report includes how your scores compare to national averages.
ACT: English Section
The 75-question English section tests your knowledge of proper punctuation, grammar and sentence construction. You'll need to identify incorrect use of commas, clauses, agreements, transitions and tenses. Questions also cover textual meaning, style and redundancy. Up to 45 minutes is allowed for this portion of the ACT. Our lessons show you how to apply correct grammar, improve your writing style, identify proper sentence structure and paragraph organization, and implement rhetorical strategy with self-paced videos and quizzes.
ACT: Mathematics Section
The 60-minute mathematics section consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. Pre-, elementary and intermediate algebraic topics include decimals, functions, polynomial and binomial equations, square roots, quadratic functions, sequences, and complex numbers. Coordinate and plane geometry questions cover graphing shapes, distances, logarithms and 3-dimensional objects. The trigonometry questions comprise sine and cosine, functions, exponentials, radians, and degrees. Watch our video lessons and quiz yourself to become proficient in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
ACT: Reading Section
You'll have 35 minutes for the reading section of the ACT. The 40 questions assess your comprehension of word meaning, cause and effect, tone and method, inference, context and visualization in fictional, social science, humanities, and natural science texts. You'll need to use reasoning skills to identify themes, symbolism, irony, allusion, allegory, and foreshadowing. The videos found here show you strategies for reading passages and definitions for literary terms, and the related quizzes in each lesson help you practice and learn the question types found on the ACT.
ACT: Science Section
The 40-question science section must be completed in 35 minutes. This section determines your understanding, ability to analyze, reason, and solve issues in the natural sciences through graphs, scientific research data, and conflicting hypotheses. Our science videos and quizzes for the ACT cover the fundamentals of reasoning and research in science.
ACT: Writing Section
For the writing section, you'll have 30 minutes to review an issue with opposing arguments and write a defense of either argument or present your own position of the issue. The thesis must be clear, organized, focused, and logical, and should include the effects of the presented viewpoint, counter-arguments, and examples. Brainstorming, outlining, reasoning, and strategical skills are necessary. Sharpen your essay skills, learn about the different parts of an essay, understand planning and writing strategies, and comprehend advanced writing skills with our lessons and quizzes aimed at preparing you for the writing section of the ACT.
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