Taking the ACT exam for College... HELP

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    Nov 25, 2013 1:30 AM GMT
    Hi guys! Good Evening!

    I was just wondering if anyone of you here have taken the ACT exam?

    I am applying for college next Fall. The school I am applying to require applicants to submit ACT scores.

    I suck BIG TIME at MATH. :C it is my weakness and I had really bad MATH grades in high school. Also I finished high school back in 2007 so I really cannot remember anymore the Math lessons in school. huhuhu

    I want to take the test so that they could review my application. The deadline is Feb 1st for Fall 2014 applicants.

    huhu. Do you guys know of any kind of study guide or review stuff that I could buy online for the ACT? also are their online classes for that like some sort of refresher's course for the subjects in ACT?

    I really wanna pass and get a high score. :C

    Also what if (worst case scenario), I pass the other subjects but I have a really low score in MATH, is there still a possibility that I will pass the test base on my overall score?

    Thank you guys. This is the only form Im signed up for so I hope my threads are not irrelevant. I really appreciate it.


    Ive been doing a lot of research on the school, application process, building my portfolio, applying for grants and all that. Weird but i actually like it. Its good stress for me and I cant wait to go back to school. I hope i get accepted. icon_smile.gif


    Thank you guys. Happy Thanksgiving to all of us.
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    Nov 25, 2013 1:37 AM GMT
    What's the highest math level you took? The ACT's math section is mostly algebra and geometry, from what I remember.
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    Nov 25, 2013 1:39 AM GMT
    Neight saidWhat's the highest math level you took? The ACT's math section is mostly algebra and geometry, from what I remember.


    I graduated highschool in the Philippines, so yeah we did have trigonometry, algebra, geometry, physics, chemistry.

    Are there any review/study guides that will refresh me and prepare me for the test? icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 25, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    There are plenty of ACT prep books available. Heck, your local library might have 'em.
  • Bunjamon

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    Nov 25, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    http://www.khanacademy.org/
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    Nov 25, 2013 4:42 AM GMT
    Bunjamon saidhttp://www.khanacademy.org/



    Thanks.
  • eagledreamer

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    Nov 25, 2013 8:35 AM GMT
    I only took the SAT, but from what I've heard the ACT is more time-pressured than the SAT. There are four sections and an essay. The math section includes algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. The English section is basically an assessment of your writing skills (grammar, syntax, etc.), while the reading section provides you with passages and asks you questions. The science section is basically just articles on scientific information and they ask you to synthesize the information in the passage into answers.

    Have you considered taking the SAT? The math section is considerably easier (from what I have heard) and requires less preparation/specific concepts. It also doesn't have a science section, which tends to be the hardest section for students to finish. The SAT is also far more common in the US, with the exception of the Midwest.

    I worked as an admissions counselor for high school kids for a bit and I also scored well on my SATs (2300+), so if you have any questions just shoot me a message. I'm always happy to help!
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    Nov 25, 2013 9:13 AM GMT
    You are Asian. Why do you suck at math?
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    Nov 25, 2013 11:28 AM GMT
    Avsigkommen saidYou are Asian. Why do you suck at math?


    haha. thats why sometimes i ask myself why im asian. im a disgrace! haha
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    Nov 25, 2013 11:32 AM GMT
    eagledreamer saidI only took the SAT, but from what I've heard the ACT is more time-pressured than the SAT. There are four sections and an essay. The math section includes algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. The English section is basically an assessment of your writing skills (grammar, syntax, etc.), while the reading section provides you with passages and asks you questions. The science section is basically just articles on scientific information and they ask you to synthesize the information in the passage into answers.

    Have you considered taking the SAT? The math section is considerably easier (from what I have heard) and requires less preparation/specific concepts. It also doesn't have a science section, which tends to be the hardest section for students to finish. The SAT is also far more common in the US, with the exception of the Midwest.

    I worked as an admissions counselor for high school kids for a bit and I also scored well on my SATs (2300+), so if you have any questions just shoot me a message. I'm always happy to help!


    gosh, thanks a lot. i did yet another research on the school and i saw online that Parsons (its where i wanna go) may not require sat or act for international student. i am one. im gonna call them today to verify that information. theyre closed on the weekends. so yeah i hope what i read was true. huhuhu

    im just scared on MATH. i saw on ACT's website some MATH questions with triangles and numbers and im like WOOOOOW! im the dubmbest person when it comes to MATH. :C

    Thank you for telling me about the SAT. I wish i wont have to take it anymore. I will let you know once i hear from the school.

    btw, i envy your score! icon_smile.gif thats amazing!
  • cavecanem10

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    Nov 25, 2013 8:41 PM GMT
    Practice is the key to success for standardized tests I think, and also, don't be discouraged if you don't do well the first (or second try). I got the same score twice (2icon_cool.gif and then knew that I could do better, so I really practiced a lot and learned some of the common tricks/patterns (I had a tutor at this point), and then got a 34, so don't be discouraged.

    Create the same kind of environment for studying and then keep track of your timing. Look at the kinds of questions you're getting wrong too. The ACT is easier than the SAT at least when I took it because there's no guessing penalty with the ACT, so if you're truly stuck, just guess and move on. These types of tests are testing your testing abilities too, so think about how you can find the information you need quicker or with math use guestimation to eliminate answers you know are wrong based on what the number should be.

    I'm starting to study for the MCAT now, so it's going to be lots of practicing for me coming up. Good luck!
  • pillowbytes

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    Nov 26, 2013 12:31 AM GMT
    It's been a really long time since I've taken the ACT, but I remember preparing for it well! (I would verify all of this, as many of these things may no longer be accurate- I took this almost a decade ago now!)

    First, I wouldn't worry about taking the ACT, because you can take it as many times as you want. Just don't select any schools that you want it sent to, and also don't opt into sharing your information to colleges. Once you obtain the score you want, then you can send the scores to schools. Yes, you do have to pay like $20 for each school you want it sent to, but this can make you less nervous if you are worried about getting a bad score. The ACT only sends the scores you tell them to send. The SAT would sent your last three scores. You can take the exam every month if you want to. I had a friend who took the exam ELEVEN TIMES and ended up getting a 35, after originally getting a 23. I took it twice. My first one was a 27 and my second was a 33. The 33 really helped me get into a school when I had shitty grades.

    Also, I would do those practice test books. They really do help. I also took a free night class at my school for preparing for the exam. For math and science, EVERYTHING can be done on your graphing calculator. For English, everything is formulaic. I had some flashcards that really helped on the English part. I took the first exam with the essay part so there wasn't really a way to study for that, so I can't help you there.

    Best of Luck!

  • Import

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    Nov 26, 2013 12:44 AM GMT
    dude, arne't u like 22?
    If u finished high school back in 2007, may I ask what the fuck you've been doing for the past oh...i dunno 6 years?!
    I mean jesus h Christ!!!!

    jk, but seriously. since you're not fresh out of high school you're gonna find the ACT extremely difficult. Why not just start at a local community college and transfer into the university of your choice, bypassing the ACT entirely. like that's such an easier option than trying to score well on the ACT.
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    Nov 26, 2013 12:56 AM GMT
    I think I took the ACT twice. The first time I did poorly on the reading section ... but I figured it was because my instructor was munching on chips and it was annoying the heck out of me. Second time I did pretty much the same so I didn't bother.

    Anyways ... you can take the test multiple times. But I think after 3 then it starts averaging your scores. Before that I think you're allowed to take your highest scores to present on your college applications.

    Math came easy to me so I scored well (I think I got like a 32). Reading not so much ... 22 or so.

    I think most "general" colleges expect an average score of around 20 or so. You'll need to study up since you haven't been to school in 6 years. There are plenty of ACT prep books out there to help you out.
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    Nov 26, 2013 3:05 AM GMT
    Import saiddude, arne't u like 22?
    If u finished high school back in 2007, may I ask what the fuck you've been doing for the past oh...i dunno 6 years?!
    I mean jesus h Christ!!!!

    jk, but seriously. since you're not fresh out of high school you're gonna find the ACT extremely difficult. Why not just start at a local community college and transfer into the university of your choice, bypassing the ACT entirely. like that's such an easier option than trying to score well on the ACT.


    lol! dude, i graduated in the Philippines. our curriculum structure is different there compared here in the US. in my school we have Grade 1 to 6 and after that we start high school, 1st year to 4th year and after that at around 16 or 17 years old we go to college dude. lol

    lol.

    anyways, after i went to college in 2008, i started working from 2009 up until now. i just realized that i want and need to go back to school. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 26, 2013 3:35 AM GMT
    Jantheman said
    Import saiddude, arne't u like 22?
    If u finished high school back in 2007, may I ask what the fuck you've been doing for the past oh...i dunno 6 years?!
    I mean jesus h Christ!!!!

    jk, but seriously. since you're not fresh out of high school you're gonna find the ACT extremely difficult. Why not just start at a local community college and transfer into the university of your choice, bypassing the ACT entirely. like that's such an easier option than trying to score well on the ACT.


    lol! dude, i graduated in the Philippines. our curriculum structure is different there compared here in the US. in my school we have Grade 1 to 6 and after that we start high school, 1st year to 4th year and after that at around 16 or 17 years old we go to college dude. lol

    lol.

    anyways, after i went to college in 2008, i started working from 2009 up until now. i just realized that i want and need to go back to school. icon_smile.gif


    What school are u applying to if u dont mind me asking? and what ACT score are they looking for?
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    Nov 26, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    Been a while since the ACT's lol. If your Algebra and Geometry are in check you'll be fine. If you've had calculus, you'll be fine on the ACT.
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    Nov 26, 2013 1:33 PM GMT
    Import said
    Jantheman said
    Import saiddude, arne't u like 22?
    If u finished high school back in 2007, may I ask what the fuck you've been doing for the past oh...i dunno 6 years?!
    I mean jesus h Christ!!!!

    jk, but seriously. since you're not fresh out of high school you're gonna find the ACT extremely difficult. Why not just start at a local community college and transfer into the university of your choice, bypassing the ACT entirely. like that's such an easier option than trying to score well on the ACT.


    lol! dude, i graduated in the Philippines. our curriculum structure is different there compared here in the US. in my school we have Grade 1 to 6 and after that we start high school, 1st year to 4th year and after that at around 16 or 17 years old we go to college dude. lol

    lol.

    anyways, after i went to college in 2008, i started working from 2009 up until now. i just realized that i want and need to go back to school. icon_smile.gif


    What school are u applying to if u dont mind me asking? and what ACT score are they looking for?
    hey import! i am applying to Parsons New School of Design. I am applying as a transfer student since i had some college back in the Philippines. I actually called them yesterday and asked them if do i still really need the sat or act. ive been searching online for answers but im just getting conflicting information thats why i decided to call them instead. so yea i explained my situation to them and they said i no longer need to take the act or the sat. they even said i no longer need to take the Toefl or the ielts(english exam) since ive been speaking english since i was a kid and i told them i consider it my native language. im really glad that they helped me out yesterday. i dont think i have enough time to prepare for the sat or act. so now i just need to work on my essay, have my transcripts evaluated, and make/build my art portfolio!!! im so excited but feeling nervous at the same time. ill spend my 4 days off working on these and searching for more scholarships!! icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 26, 2013 1:44 PM GMT
    Try:

    https://benchprep.com/

    I'm using this site to study for the TEAS exam and they also offer a program for the ACT. Check groupon to see if there are any discounts being offered. Best of luck!