Some cracks have begun to show in the ACT’s summer testing plans, as the organization strongly implied yesterday that cancellations and test-center closings are likely for the June 13 test date. We’re here to break down the most important takeaways from this statement.
Knowledge Is Power
No matter what test you’re preparing for, the first step in any successful prep program is understanding the rules of the game. Or, as a wise man (Kendrick Lamar? Pretty sure it was Kendrick) once said, “Know your enemy.”
Fortunately, we’ve been around the block a few times, so we know a few things — almost 40 years’ worth of things, in fact. And because you’re our favorite, we want you to be able to know things, too. So if you have questions about the test, from scoring to accommodations to fundamental strategies, you can find the answers here. And if you don’t see the information you’re looking for, let us know at email@example.com and we’ll fill in the gap just as soon as we can.
The COVID crisis has affected our lives in countless ways, and while standardized testing isn’t many people’s top priority at the moment, it’s nonetheless an important concern for many juniors and seniors at this time of the year in particular. Here are the most important recent developments (or non-developments) regarding the SAT and ACT.
The ACT has remained, in many ways, essentially unchanged for decades. That will no longer be the case as of September 2020, and the process of preparing for the test will necessarily shift as a result. However, there is little to fear here. Read on to learn more.
The ACT and SAT are similar enough to be confusing but different in several key ways, and those crucial differences are why we created the Agnostic Diagnostic, a single test that allows our test experts to give an accurate test recommendation in half the time.
Many students and parents come into the test preparation process with preconceived notions about the way the tests function, how they’re perceived by colleges, and whether one is easier than the other. Let us bust some myths for you.
“How many times should I take the ACT/SAT? Why can’t I just do it once and be done? How far apart should my test dates be spaced?” These are, by far, some of the most common questions I receive from concerned students and parents at the beginning of the test preparation process. And each question is valid and deserves a thoughtful response.
It is essential to know that what the test makers claim about the test and what the test actually entails are fundamentally different things. Taking the ACT or SAT does not simply require the knowledge of content that you receive in school—you also have to train for the strategies inherent to the tests themselves. That’s why test prep works!
The ACT is one of the two major tests used by colleges and universities during their admissions processes. Though many high schools treat the ACT as if it is interchangeable with the SAT, the two tests are in reality very different from one another, and most students are better served taking one rather than the other based on their individual strengths and weaknesses. Inspirica’s approach to the ACT starts with recognizing that fact, and our Agnostic Diagnostic will help you determine whether the ACT is the test that’s right for you.