What ACT Scores Mean for Colleges Today

ACT has released some good news, and some bad news.

The good news, for the country: more students scored at a college-ready level than ever before.

That’s, potentially, bad news for your child. After all, there will be more competition from qualified candidates.

However, while more students are receiving passing grades… the average score has dropped.

That creates a big opportunity for college applicants.

Don’t forget – some scholarships are entirely based on ACT scores. If your child scores well on the ACT, these scholarships cover much – sometimes all – of your tuition.

So, if your child is aiming for top schools, or large scholarships (or both), the newest ACT data is great news.

If he or she is looking at schools in the fat middle… there may be more competition.
Either way – the incentive to improve your score has never been greater.

How To Improve on the ACT Score

There are a few tricks that can easily improve your child’s ACT score by 20-25%.

  • Learn and know the instructions beforehand. You don’t need to spend any precious time learning the rules of the game.
  • Translate words into mathematical equations. Many math questions disguise themselves inside stories – the faster your child can decipher the underlying question, the better (and the more likely he or she will come to the correct answer).
  • Strategize your reading in the science sections. Questions are based on passages. Skim the passage first – quickly – looking for patterns. Then read the first question, and go back to the passage for the answer (your child should have a good idea where the answer is from skimming). This is the most efficient way to go through the science sections.

These are only a few of the secrets that will improve an ACT score. For more, take a look at our free report, 7 Little-Known Secrets for Improving The ACT Score.

And, if your child is taking the SAT, we’ve also got 9 Ways to Increase The SAT Score.

Help your child improve his or her scores, and you’ll see that effort come back many-fold in application successes… and, best of all, scholarships.

Until next time,

Scott Weingold
Publisher, CollegeMadeSimple.com

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Editor's Note: Scott Weingold has been ranked the #1 “College Financial Aid Expert Worth Knowing About” in the entire country by CollegeStats.org.  He has co-authored the book, “The Real Secret To Paying For College. The Insider’s Guide To Sending Your Child To College – Without Spending Your Life’s Savings.” Scott also publishes a popular free online newsletter, “College Funding Made Simple" which reveals insider’s tips, methods, and strategies for beating the high cost of college.

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