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ACT Recommendations
Posted on 11/29/2016
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ACT Recommendations

By Jackie Bode-Steinke and Julie McComas, School Counselors

We are often asked, “When do you recommend students take the ACT?”  Here are our general recommendations; there are always exceptions, but these guidelines work well for most students:

1st ACT:        Take it in sophomore year, but consider it as practice.  Early junior year would work for this practice test, too.

2nd ACT:      Take April or June of junior year.  This is when over 50 percent of testers get their highest score.  

3rd ACT:       Take again only if you are within three points of a college entrance requirement or a minimum score for a scholarship.  Also, expect to study if you want to see improvement.  Here is a great study site from our School Counseling webpages:


Remember that students who enroll in College Readiness, which counts as a graduation requirement, will get to take the John Baylor ACT Test Prep course for free.  We highly recommend that students wanting to have the option to attend a 2- or 4-year college take College Readiness in their junior year.


Students or parents who feel these general recommendations do not fit their circumstances are welcome to contact us.

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