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Understanding my PreACT results

Hi everyone! I recently received my PreACT results, but I'm not quite sure how to interpret them. Does anyone have any advice on how to understand my PreACT results and what they mean for my college applications?

6 months ago

Hi there! Congrats on taking the PreACT, it's a great way to prepare for the real ACT test. Let me help you understand your PreACT results and what they mean for college applications.

PreACT scores range from 1 to 36, just like the ACT. However, the PreACT tends to be a bit easier, so your PreACT score might be slightly higher than what you'd get on the actual ACT without further preparation. Your score report should include a Composite score (overall average), as well as individual scores for English, Math, Reading, and Science sections.

In addition to your PreACT scores, the report will provide a College Readiness Benchmark for each section. These benchmarks are indicators of whether or not you are academically prepared for college-level coursework in the respective subjects. Exceeding these benchmarks means you're on track, while falling short suggests you may need to work on those specific areas.

Now, regarding college applications, it's important to understand that PreACT scores are for your own benefit – they are not sent to colleges nor used in the admissions process. However, your performance on the PreACT can give you insights into your strengths and weaknesses, helping you identify areas to focus on before taking the actual ACT.

Here are a few steps you can take after understanding your PreACT results:

1. Analyze your performance in each section: Look for patterns, as well as specific question types that might have given you trouble. This will help you target your studying more effectively.

2. Set a target ACT score: Research average ACT scores for colleges you're interested in and set a goal to achieve or surpass those scores. Keep in mind that more competitive schools will have higher average scores for admitted students.

3. Develop a study plan: Based on your PreACT results, focus on the areas where you need the most improvement. Consider using resources like ACT prep books or online resources like Khan Academy and CollegeVine. You can also look into prep courses or tutoring if you need more structured guidance.

4. Take practice tests: Regularly take full-length, timed practice tests to track your progress and get used to the test-taking environment.

5. Register for the ACT: Register for an ACT test date that gives you ample time to prepare, keeping in mind that you may want to take the test more than once to improve your score.

To learn more about the PreACT, read the following: https://blog.collegevine.com/what-is-the-preact-what-do-students-need-to-know

Remember, standardized test scores are just one part of the college application process. They're important, but colleges also consider other factors like your GPA, course rigor, extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation. Keep working hard in all areas, and good luck on your future college applications!

6 months ago

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