American College Testing

Standardized tests don’t only assess students' math and verbal abilities. Some questions are simply a test of how good they are at test-taking.

The ACT assesses a student’s college readiness across four sections: English (Grammar), Mathematics, Reading, and Science. There is also an optional Essay section, which some colleges require for their applicants. A student’s ACT score is reflected as a singular composite score, averaging the individual scores of the five sections.


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ACT/SAT  |  12th Grade  |  Poly Prep



The first step along the ACT path is deciding if it is in fact an optimal or pertinent exam for students. We explain the distinctions between the ACT and SAT, and guide students towards selecting the ideal option to suit their specific needs. Click here for a comparison of the ACT vs. SAT.



Ideally, students have 4-8 months of test prep leading up to their first ACT. Students ought to aim to take the test at least twice: once (or twice) in the spring of their junior year, and again in the fall of their senior year. We pace our prep programs carefully, to ensure that students peak on test day.



The first goal is to get students comfortable with the features, expectations and format of each section of the ACT. We then move onto strategies, both in the realm of general test-taking as well as how to tackle particular question types. Lastly, we turn to content, and create personalized curricula for students to master. All of these elements come together during our group test simulations, which allow students to continuously refine their abilities in real time.  





Our tutors are prepared to shape our ACT program to fit every individual student’s learning and personality type. Our programs are malleable, and our 30+ years of experience has equipped us to lead every student towards achieving his/her personal best on test day.



We approach test prep from a child-centric perspective, and are sure to cater to the needs of the human we’re working with, not only the student. We don’t try to make a child’s life fit into a test prep program; we make sure that test prep fits comfortably into a child’s life.



As the test prep process proceeds, our eyes remain fixed on maximizing a student’s score on test day. However, there are a variety of test-taking skills and perspectives which will follow students beyond the day of the test. Our esteemed EF program is interwoven into our test prep, ensuring that students will gain lifelong skills on their way to achieving their optimal ACT score. We'll help you change schools, and we might just change your life along the way.




More about the ACT


When and where can my child take the ACT?

The ACT is offered in February, April, June, July, September, October and December. Click here for access to a complete list of ACT Test Center Locations.


What is the test like?

There are five sections of the ACT: English, Math, Reading, Science, and the (optional) Essay.


  • English: Students are put in the position of a writer who makes decisions to revise and edit a text based on grammar rules and knowledge of language. Students are given 45 minutes to answer a total of 75 multiple choice questions across a span of five passages.

  • Quantitative Reasoning: This section is composed of 60 questions to be answered in 60 minutes. Every question is multiple choice, and students can expect to see high school level content in the realms of algebra, arithmetic, geometry and trigonometry. Calculators are permitted.

  • Reading: The reading section is a 35-minute test that measures students’ abilities to reason logically about texts and answer questions using evidence and inferences. The test is comprised of four passages and 40 questions, all of which are multiple choice.

  • Science: This section is essentially more reading comprehension, with an emphasis on chart and graph analysis,  through a scientific lens. A general sense of knowledge acquired from introductory science courses will help students maneuver through this 40-question (all multiple choice), 35-minute section.

  • Essay: This section asks students to read a prompt that describes a complex issue, followed by three different perspectives on that issue. Students are given 40 minutes to write an essay in which they develop their own outlook on the issue, using the three given perspectives as reference points. Put simply, the student’s job is to: Take a position on a topic (and defend it), Address all the diverse perspectives presented, Explain the relationships between those three perspectives

How do I register?
Visit the ACT website for registration.

How is the ACT scored?

The number of questions on each section answered correctly is counted. Points for incorrect answers are not deducted. (There is no penalty for guessing.)
⦁ Raw scores (number of correct answers on each test) are converted to “scaled scores.” Scaled scores have the same meaning for all the different forms of the ACT, no matter which date a test was taken.
⦁ The Composite score and each test score (English, Mathematics, Reading, Science) range from 1 (low) to 36 (high). The Composite score is the average of the four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number.

Click here to see a sample ACT Score Report.  


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