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ACT Test Prep

One of the recent trends in standardized testing is the increasing popularity of the ACT. Every year more of our students are taking both the SAT and ACT, and more are taking the ACT as their sole 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
Optional Writing Test - 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.

2019-2020 ACT Test Schedule

(as found on ACT website)

Once you’ve decided on the ACT, the first step in your test plan is to decide when to take the test.

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

*Note that the ACT does not have test centers scheduled in California or New York for the July 2020 test date.

ACT Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17 – 30, 2019 (late fee required)
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21 – October 4, 2019 (late fee required)
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9 – 22, 2019 (late fee required)
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11 – 17, 2020019 (late fee required)
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29 – March 13, 2020 (late fee required)
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9 – 22, 2020 (late fee required)
July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 June 20 – 26, 2020 (late fee required)
ACT Test Administrations Per Year
Maximum Composite ACT Score
Average Composite ACT Score

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.
1-800-698-8867: MA
1-800-843-8520: CT
1-800-391-8435: NY

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