5 Steps to Prepare Your Child for the 2022 ACT Test

Why is the ACT important?

The ACT is the American College Testing admissions entrance exam which is used to assess college readiness. It helps colleges determine the likelihood of success in college. The ACT helps college admission officers and students see their strengths and needs for improvement in a student’s academic skill set.

Many four-year colleges and universities require a specific ACT score for admission. ACT scores are also required for scholarship opportunities for students.

ACT is used for placement in dual enrollment courses.

The PreACT, which is administered to 9th and 10th graders in the state of Louisiana, is used to determine if students are tracking to be ready for college courses.

How can you prepare your child for the ACT?

#1. Get involved in test prep at the right time.

Usually, the ideal time to get involved is before your student takes the PreACT. Once students receive their PreACT score report, you can help interpret the numbers, identify areas of weakness and determine a concrete study plan for moving forward.

As these exams are diagnostic, students need not engage in intensive review sessions to prepare. However, you can help your child by explaining the ACT’s purpose and ensuring that your student is calm and well-rested in the days leading up to the exam.

#2. Remind your kids about upcoming test dates.

As you may know, high school students can be overwhelmed with responsibilities. It can be challenging to stay on top of classes, extracurriculars, sports, and the college admissions process.

You can lighten your child’s load by keeping track of the forthcoming deadlines related to testing prep, registration deadlines, and test dates.

#3. Register for those test dates well in advance.

We know that there will be a high volume of registrations for national ACT test dates, so we recommend registering for the ACT as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may end up on the national waitlist.

All 11th graders in the state of Louisiana take the ACT for free provided by their school.

Upcoming 2022 National Test dates can be found below or at www.act.org.

Test Date Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline

Late Fee Applies

Standby Deadline

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Apr 22, 2022 Feb 25, 2022 Mar 11, 2022 Mar 25, 2022
Jun 11, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 20, 2022 Jun 3, 2022
Jul 16, 2022 Jun 17, 2022 Jun 24, 2022 Jul 8, 2022


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#4. Help your kids locate study material and resources.

We recommend that you and your child register for the ACT at least 8 weeks before the test date to have time to prepare for the ACT.

Study materials for the ACT are available online and easy to find. There are also printed resources available in prep books and practice tests.

Find Your Test Prep Resources

Another study material you can use is your own test! Typically you may request a copy of your student’s answers on the ACT for the April, June, and December national Saturday test dates. After you take the ACT, a copy of your test, answers to questions, and the answers you gave during the exam will be sent to you. These are resources that can be used to prepare for your next test.

If your child has difficulty preparing, wants to increase their score with customized strategies, or isn’t sure how to tackle the subject material, you may want to consider working with a tutor or enrolling them in ACT courses.

#5. Contact Us To Help Prepare Your Child!

We offer individualized test preparation for different tests, like the SAT, GRE, and ACT.

Prepare for your child to attend eight sessions; however, Success By Design Learning Center can accommodate your individual needs.

Call us at (985) 373-6590, or contact us through our form and let us prepare your child for the ACT!