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07/07/2016

Understanding the ACT Exam

If your child is nearing the end of their high school years and looking forward to the next chapter in their academic lives, it's important that they understand college entrance requirements. Among the many requirements are college entrance exams. While the SAT is the most well-known exam, there is another option, the ACT. While some universities accept ACT scores in place of the SAT, it is important that you double check the requirements established by each university. To understand the ACT better, The Tutoring Center, Long Grove IL has compiled some helpful information.

ACT vs SAT

These two college entrance exams are often compared, but they do have quite a few differences that set them apart. One of these differences is what they test students on. The SAT tests a student's aptitude, while the ACT concentrates on testing a student on what they've learned through their schooling. The SAT tests three main subject areas: math, reading, and writing. It also contains a mandatory essay portion. Meanwhile, the ACT contains four or five sections, depending on which option each student chooses. These sections are English, math, science, reading, and an optional essay portion. Another difference is that students taking the ACT are not penalized for wrong answers, while wrong answers are penalized on the SAT.

Understand Each Section of the ACT

  • English: The English section is made up of 75 questions that should be answered in 45 minutes. Questions cover areas such as grammar, punctuation, style, and sentence organization, among others.
  • Math: The math section is made up of 60 questions and a 60 minute time limit. Questions in this section cover pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
  • Science: In the science section, students are given 35 minutes to answer 40 questions that require analysis, problem-solving, interpretation, evaluation, and reasoning.
  • Reading: Like the science section, the reading section is also 35 minutes long and contains 40 questions. This section focuses on testing reading comprehension skills.
  • Essay: Students are given 40 minutes and a writing prompt to help them plan, develop, and write an essay. All writing skills will be put to the test in this section. Although this part is optional, some universities do require students to include the essay portion in their scores.

Tutoring in Long Grove, Illinois

If your child needs help preparing for their college entrance exams, summer is the perfect time to start. Contact The Tutoring Center, Long Grove IL to learn more about how our tutors can help your child get on the right track to college. Give us a call us at (847)383-5654 for more information and to schedule your free consultation.

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