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What You Need to Know About the Pre-ACT

What You Need to Know About the Pre-ACT

Standardized test scores are weighed heavily in the college admissions process. Knowing this fact can make your student overly nervous about taking the ACT, or even lead to a low score and the need to retake the test. Because test preparation is such an important part of your student’s overall education, the ACT test company is now offering a pre-ACT to help high school students familiarize themselves with the exam process.

The pre-ACT is intended for high school sophomores (tenth graders), and will be administered between September 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017. If your student wants to take the pre-ACT, the fee starts at 12 dollars. In most cases, the test will be administered by your local school district.

The test uses the same type of questions as the regular ACT exam, and is scored in a similar manner, but is shorter in length and duration. Like the ACT, the pre-ACT is divided into four sections: English, math, reading, and science. It will also include an optional writing section, which is not included with the regular ACT exam.

Obviously, the primary function of the pre-ACT exam is to familiarize students with the standardized testing procedure and test format. However, the creators of the ACT went one step farther, and added an interesting element to this exam.  Students will also be asked about academic disciplines and jobs that interest them, and will generate a list of suggestions for college studies as well as career paths. After all, it’s one thing to get into college; knowing what to do with one’s college education is perhaps even more important.

Once students receive his or her score breakdown, they will know which areas need improvement before attempting the ACT in eleventh or twelfth grade. Parents, counselors, and teachers will also receive a valuable guidance tool to help these students select a future course of study and establish career goals.

For more information on the pre-ACT, or college admissions testing in general, give us a call. We can help you choose the right tests for your student, and prepare him or her for a bright future.