ACT Prep

Courtesy of College Board

Courtesy of College Board

Hope Taylor

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ACT Background

ACT stands for American College Test. The ACT covers more or less the same ground as the SAT, but with some important differences. Unlike the SAT the ACT is curriculum based, with its test areas English Usage, Mathematics, Reading Usage and Science Usage. It is geared to cover the principal areas of High School and first year college curriculum.


  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science

Test Taking Tips

  1. Read each question carefully.
  2. Always read the passages thoroughly.
  3. Make an educated guess or skip that question and go back to it.
  4. Keep your answer sheet neat.
  5. Use your test booklet as scrap paper.
  6. Circle the questions you skipped in your booklet.
  7. Check the answer sheet regularly, make sure you are in the right place.
  8. Keep track of time.

Test Dates

  • April 14, 2018
  • June 9, 2018
  • July 14, 2018


The ACT cost $46 (no writing) or $62.50 (with optional writing test).


  •  Students have two registration options: online registration and postal mail. To register online go to the college board website. To register by mail, you must get an SAT Registration Guide from the college guidance office.
  • When registering online, registration fees must be paid by credit card. If you prefer to write a check. you must register by postal mail.
  • Regular registration fees must be paid three to four weeks before a test date.
  • The late registration period typically extends for about 2 weeks following regular registration deadline.


  1. Register for the test
  2. Get oriented of the overall structure
  3. Become familiar with the content
  4. Figure out your weakness
  5. Set a score  goal
  6. make a study schedule
  7. Review important content
  8. Learn test strategies
  9. Practice
  10. Be ready!