5 simple tips to improve your ACT score

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How is the ACT program scored?

A large percentage of US universities and colleges use the ACT as a standard of admission. Upon applying admission into a university or college, your ACT test score along with your GPA and high school courses, recommendation letters from teachers, extracurricular activities, etc. will be reviewed. Depending on the university you apply to, the importance of the ACT score in the admission progress may vary. 

First of all, you should know how to calculate the ACT score. The test is divided into 4 sections: English (75 questions), Math (60 questions), Reading (40 questions), and Science (40 questions). Each section will have a base score calculated based on the total number of correct answers. After that, the base score of each section will be converted into a 36-point scale – the official scale of ACT, according to the following table:

Scale Score English Math Reading Science
36 74-75 59-60 40 40
35 71-73 57-58 38-39
34 70 55-56 37 39
33 69 54 36 38
32 68 53 34-35
31 67 51-52 33 37
30 66 49-50 32 36
29 64-65 47-48 31
28 63 45-46 30 35
27 61-62 42-44 34
26 59-60 39-41 29 32-33
25 56-58 37-38 28 31
24 53-55 34-36 26-27 29-30
23 50-52 32-33 25 26-28
22 47-49 31 23-24 24-25
21 44-46 29-30 22 22-23
20 41-43 27-28 20-21 20-21
19 39-40 25-26 19 18-19
18 37-38 22-24 18 17
17 35-36 19-21 16-17 15-16
16 32-34 16-18 15 14
15 29-31 13-15 14 13
14 26-28 10-12 12-13 11-12
13 24-25 8-9 11 10
12 22-23 7 10 9
11 19-21 5-6 8-9 8
10 16-18 4 7 7
9 13-15 6 6
8 11-12 3 5 5
7 9-10 4
6 7-8 2 4 3
5 6 3
4 4-5 1 2 2
3 3 1
2 2 1
1 0-1 0 0 0

* Note that this is only a sample transcript from the ACT website, and should be used as a reference only

The official ACT score will be the average of 4 sections in the examination after conversion. For example:  

  • English = 28, Math = 23, Reading = 32 and Science = 19 
  • Official ACT score: (28 + 23 + 32 + 19) / 4 = 25.5
  • Rounded score: 26 

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5 simple tips to improve your ACT score for students

These following methods can only be helpful to you if applied regularly, but please remember that the most important factor to improve your ACT score is your effort and determination. With that being said, we won’t be wasting your time anymore, here are 5 simple tips to improve your ACT score for students:

  1. Select reputable and appropriate test prep materials: ACT focuses on test the knowledge foundation learned by students in high school years, so in order to achieve high results in this test, you only need to find reputable test prep materials that are highly praised by many previous reviewers. Some quality ACT review books: The Official ACT Prep Guide (Newest version), ACT Premium Study Guide of Barron’s, Cracking the ACT of Princeton Review, …
  2. Quality is better than quantity: It is true that in any examination, the more materials you refer to, the less likely your score will be higher as they will only confuse you even more. In order to achieve improvement in the ACT score, one should choose the right materials and focus on a deep understanding of those materials. The reason of which is the amount of knowledge you gain from these materials is profound but non-superficial while being undistributed, which is enough for you to successfully complete the ACT test with flying color.
  3. Establish a study plan: Before going into preparation for a certain examination, one must establish a detailed study plan including a target score, total revision time, test prep materials,… With a proper study plan, students can work more quickly and more effectively without affecting the mind while doing the real exam.
  4. Summarize the key knowledge: This is a very necessary step. During the test prep process, students should take notes of key factors, such as common question types of each section, how to effectively earn points for each section, how to allocate exam time appropriately,…
  5. Note your mistakes: This method will differentiate yourself amongst other students as you are able to identify your mistake and learn from it. Remember that every mistake you make in the test happens for a reason, that’s why you should take notes of it; find out why you are wrong. Because if you don’t comprehend exactly why you missed that question, you will surely make repetition that mistake.

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