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ACT Test Prep

Over the last decade, the ACT has become a more widely known option for college admissions tests. Many parents are unfamiliar with the content and format of the ACT, how it differs from the SAT, and this knowledge gap leads to many questions and much anxiety.

Take the ACT or the SAT?

The most reliable answer comes from having your student take an ACT practice test to see not only his or her score, but also his or her gut reaction to the test. The difficulty of the ACT comes from the incredibly swift pace of the test. Whereas the difficulty of the SAT stems from the trickiness of a given question and the obscurity of what that question is asking, the ACT presents a more straightforward challenge.

While 70-80% of students perform equally well on both tests, often students have a strong preference for one test over the other. The best way to decide if the ACT or the SAT is the better fit for your student is to try an official practice ACT.

How the ACT is structured.

ENGLISH - 45 Minutes / 75 Questions
MATH - 60 Minutes / 60 Questions
READING - 35 Minutes / 40 Questions
SCIENCE - 35 Minutes / 40 Questions
WRITING (optional) - 40 Minutes / 1 Prompt

One-One-One TUTORING for the ACT

Many test prep companies claim to tutor the ACT; however, they are primarily SAT prep companies offering ACT tutoring as an afterthought. At Summit, we are experts on the ACT. We have developed our own proprietary ACT curriculum, and we know the fine points of this test. Choosing between an ACT or SAT path is an important decision. We are here to help you and your student come to the best decision for them. As your ACT test prep resource, our mission is to help your student reach their full potential so that their scores are aligned with their true academic abilities.

Start Your ACT Test Prep Journey Here

Most students begin working with Summit by taking a free diagnostic test which includes a score report analysis and counseling session with one of our expert program directorsWe can help you to develop a personalized test prep plan that is right for your student. Our program directors personally match students with a tutor who is his or her best fit so the sessions are engaging, productive, and even fun.  We believe that test preparation is all about taking the pressure off, ensuring you have strong support from a caring team to answer all your questions and help relieve the anxiety around college admissions standardized testing. Please feel free to call or email us any time with your questions about test prep.

2021-2022 ACT Test Schedule

(as found on ACT website)

TO REGISTER for an ACT date, you will need to create an account on


Note that ACT has historically offered non-Saturday testing for students who could not test on a Saturday because of religious convictions. For certain ACT administrations they administer the test on Sunday for eligible students.

ACT Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Registration Deadline Score Release Date Range +
September 11, 2021 August 6 August 20 September 21 – November 5
October 23, 2021 September 17 October 1 November 9 – December 17
December 11, 2021 (TIR) November 5 November 19 December 21 – February 4
February 12, 2022 January 7 January 21 March 1 – April 8
April 2, 2022 (TIR) February 25 March 11 April 12 – May 27
June 11, 2022 (TIR) May 6 May 20 June 21 – August 5
July 16, 2022 June 17 June 24 July 26 – September 9

*Note that, for the July ACT, no test center locations are available in New York.

+ACT Scores are delivered over a window of time after the test date, and are processed continuously during business hours.

Don’t Take Our Word For It…

  • “Judy has been great with my daughter. She has taught her lots of things about the ACTs. And she has done a great job of inspiring her to take practice tests and to do well on the ACTs.”

    Jodi G. Cos Cob, CT
  • “Katherine did a wonderful job with my son Tim. She was very professional and friendly. She helped Tim gain confidence in his ability to do well on the ACT. I would recommend Katherine to anyone looking for a tutor.”

    Mary S. Franklin, MA

Ready to get started?

Call us to discuss test prep and tutoring options with one of our program directors.
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