FAQ

Why do I need a tutor? A tutor can respond to your needs consistently. They evaluate strengths and weaknesses, improve study skills and assist with difficult concepts all in a safe/positive environment. A tutor can help you achieve your desired level of success!

What is the ACT/SAT? The ACT and SAT are standardized college/university admissions tests used to compare students across the country. Almost all colleges and universities require an ACT or SAT score.

What will a better ACT/SAT score mean for me? As your ACT/SAT score climbs, you will have more college/university options and you may be offered more scholarship dollars.

Why should I take the ACT instead of or in addition to the SAT? Primarily East Coast colleges and universities prefer SAT scores on their applications. In the Midwest, colleges and universities tend to prefer ACT scores on their applications.

How many times should I take the ACT? We recommend that you plan on taking the ACT three times. The first test can be an intimidating new experience and this can impact your score. The second test should be your best effort to attain your best possible score. Having a third possible test date in mind is helpful if you would like to try again to improve your score. Use the national test date schedule below to select the appropriate test dates for you keeping in mind the various schedules for final exams, activities, vacations and such.

How do I register for the ACT ? After choosing the best date(s) for you to take the ACT test, visit their website to register for the test at http://act.org/products/k-12-act-test/

When should I take the ACT? We recommend the following ACT tests based on your year in high school and when you will or have taken Algebra II (Algebra II is the highest level math tested on the ACT).

Seniors: your last chance to take the ACT before college applications are due is the OCTOBER test.

Juniors currently studying Algebra II: the DECEMBER and APRIL tests are ideal for you.

Sophomores currently studying Algebra II: the APRIL test should be your first test.  You should consider taking the second test in either JUNE or SEPTEMBER.  The TIR is available in APRIL and JUNE but not SEPTEMBER.  The JUNE test can be difficult to prepare for due to high school finals, whereas the SEPTEMBER test allows for additional time to prepare over the summer.

Should I take the writing test with the ACT? We recommend that you always take the writing test with your ACT. If your college or university application requests the writing score, you will have to send the ACT score that is taken at the time of your writing test – these scores are attached to each other. For example, if you take the writing test during your first ACT, then take the ACT again with an improved test score but did not take the writing test, you will have to submit the first score with the writing score. The writing test is available at each ACT and you must register for this additional test.

What is TIR? As stated on the www.actstudent.org website..

If you order and pay for a Test Information Release (TIR) form and test at a national test center on a national test date that offers this service, you will receive a list of your answers, a copy of the multiple-choice test questions used to determine your score, the answer key, and scoring instructions. (If you took the Writing Test, you will also receive a copy of the writing prompt, the scoring rubric, and the scores assigned to your essay by two readers.) Information about ordering a photocopy of your answer document (including your essay if you took the Writing Test) for an additional fee will be included with your materials.

If possible, you should try to schedule your first ACT when they offer TIR (Test Information Release). TIR is extremely helpful in identifying areas you may want to focus additional study, practice and consider private tutoring. TIR will also show you areas you have successfully completed. You should register for the TIR at same time that you register for the ACT. Keep in mind that the TIR is only available for the December, April and June test dates.

To receive the TIR, complete and mail the release order form located at http://www.act.org/aap/pdf/release.pdf

What are the scheduled dates for the ACT?

2017-2018 Test Dates (National)
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018* January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018
July 14, 2018* June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018
2018-2019 Test Dates (National)
Test Date
September 8, 2018
October 27, 2018
December 8, 2018
February 9, 2019*
April 13, 2019
June 8, 2019
July 13, 2019*