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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ACT
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You might be under the impression that the ACT is the tool of Big Brother, the Devil, Voldemort, or the twisted Force of Darth Vader. We're here to assure you that this impression is totally false.
Despite the ominous acronym that has been striking fear into the hearts of high school students for decades, the ACT is actually a friendly test, and you can prepare for it. Really.
Yes, your performance on this exam will determine a meaningful chunk of your academic future (namely, where you go to college), but you have two secret weapons on your side: practice and preparation. Wait, make that three secret weapons: practice, preparation, and Shmoop!
The ACT is a standardized test that is designed to level the playing field for college applicants. It helps those well-loved institutes of higher learning compare a home-schooled high school senior from San Francisco and a private school attendee from Omaha. Yes, life would be easier if colleges could trust that two students from two different schools who had the exact same grades learned the same things, but that's not how it works. Some high schools are guilty of a little grade inflation here and there, while others are total Scrooges with their high marks. Who you gonna call?
Because the ACT is offered several times a year, high school students often take it more than once (gluttons). However, if you study hard and work your tail off, you can get away with just one round of this sucker. You think you can; you think you can.
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