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Improvement in PACT to ACT


So in the single ACT practice test I’ve taken I scored a 21 despite taking the PSAT score which translated to a 26 ACT score. What I’m saying is I have no clear guess on what my PACT or ACT score will be.

My school mandates taking the PACT and the ACT. I know for the SAT you should expect an improvement between 50-200 points.

How much improvement assuming moderate studying can be expected from the PACT to ACT?


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votes has a very good PreACT to ACT conversion document that gives an example of a PreACT score and how that correlates to a guesstimate ACT score. Similarly to the SAT, PreACT scores are typically slightly lower than the ACT score. In the example doc, the PreACT score was 19 composite and the predictive ACT score was 20-23 or 21.5 avg. (not sure if assumes students study between PreACT and taking the ACT, I assume so). While some say your score can improve 50-200 pts it strictly depends on where your baseline score is. If you got a 1450 PSAT, CV says to expect 1510 SAT, or if you got a 1220 PSAT, one can expect around 1320, and if you got 1000, then expect around 1140.

This is's PSAT technical bulletin which deep dives into the methodology and other metrics and stats across the components of the PSAT and the target demographics.

So PACT is x/35 while ACT is x/36. There’s a conversion chart but if I get the PACT equivalent of a 23 ACT when I take the ACT how much improvement can I expect assuming moderate studying?
Thanks for downvoting a very good response. You didn't even bother to look at the actual PreACT documents before downvoting this post.
I was asking about the improvement not the conversion.
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I’ve read it specifically chapter 4 and I don’t see any sort of chart that’s shows a PACT score of x you will likely gain x points when you take it for real. I saw the deviation but doesn’t is not what Im asking for that’s a conversion not a predicted chart.
The official PreAct document clearly show that the PreACT is 1 to 4 points lower than the ACT score. So if you got a 21 ACT, you would get a PreACT anywhere from 18-20 something like that. If you don't believe why would you ask strangers on here for your next ACT prediction? No one can make sense of your 21 ACT vs your 1220 (or something) SAT they don't connect the dots. Good luck
I think it would be better for you to spend your time instead focusing on studying to improve rather than trying to figure out Pre-ACT/ACT conversion cause the Pre-ACT exam doesn’t count for anything. The unofficial rule of thumb is add 1 point from Pre to the actual exam. Best of luck w your exam
Also AFAIK the pre ACT isn’t much easier than the ACT so either you had a bad day when taking that one exam or you need to study a lot since your score got worse. I honestly recommend taking 2-3 more practice tests in the next few weeks and the average/strength w your scores should indicate where you are.
I know someone who got a 1250 on the PSAT and took an SAT practice test a month later and got a 1400. They just had an awful day. I would say one practice test isn’t indicative of what you’ll actually get rather analyze the trends and avg scores you’re placing at
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Agree with the above. I scored a 1310 on my PSAT 10, but I grinded hard over the summer and scored a 1480, then a 1520 on the actual exam.