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Preact vs ACT: Which should I take first?

Hey everyone, I'm a bit confused about the differences between the Preact and the ACT. When should I take each one, and how do they fit into my college applications?

6 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're looking into the options for standardized testing. Let me clear up the differences between the Preact and the ACT and how each plays a role in the college application process.

The Preact is a practice exam designed to help you prepare for the ACT, while the ACT is the actual exam that colleges will use for admissions decisions. You should take the Preact first, as it will give you a sense of what to expect on the ACT and allow you to identify areas where you may need to focus on improving. It also helps familiarize you with the test format and the content, all without having any stakes attached to it.

The best time to take the Preact is during your sophomore year or early in your junior year. This will provide you with enough time to review your performance, work on the areas where you need improvement, and familiarize yourself with the test format before diving into the real thing. You can plan to take the ACT during your junior year, giving you the opportunity to retake it later if necessary.

As for college applications, only your ACT scores (or SAT, if you prefer) will be considered in the admissions process. The Preact serves as a useful tool in your test preparation, but does not carry any weight on your application itself.

In summary, start by taking the Preact to get a feel for the test and find out where you need to improve. Then, move on to taking the ACT during your junior year, making sure to allocate time for potential retakes if needed. Good luck!

6 months ago

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