What is the ACT Test and How to Prepare for it?

    Updated on: 04 Sep 2023 5 min read


    Most of the undergraduate schools in the US and Canada require ACT scores to give admission. These scores are used by colleges and universities to make the admission decision and are administered by ACT Inc. The full form of ACT is American College Testing. This standardized test has been developed to evaluate the mathematical, written, scientific and verbal skills of the candidates. 

    So let's explore the details of ACT and also know how you can best prepare for the test.

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    ACT vs SAT: Which one should I take?

    Most colleges and universities accept scores from either the ACT or SAT and do not favor anyone over the other. A few alterations made to the SAT test in 2016 made it easier than ever to prep for both tests at the same time and get competitive scores on both ACT and SAT. The best way to decide is to take a timed full-length practice test of both. As the content and style of both the tests are very similar, aspects like how you manage the time and what sorts of questions you find more challenging can help you decide which test is a better fit for you.

    How to prepare for the ACT?

    Following are the key tips in the process of preparing for your ACT exam:

    • Make yourself accustomed to the ACT structure and format.
    • Get familiar with ACT's question styles
    • Figure out your weaknesses and work on them
    • Set a target score
    • Make a study schedule and stick to it
    • Practice the mock test papers
    • Work on your English
    • Practice doing maths in your mind

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