Frequently Asked Questions
Inspirica’s tutors are experts at helping students achieve their maximum potential on the ACT. With the guidance, support, and strategies we offer, our students will be in the best possible position to succeed on the test. Specific score improvement goals will vary from student to student. Once we get to know you and your child, we can help you shape those goals and make a plan to reach them.
The number of sessions any given student needs depends on many factors: how much time the student has until the test date, what his or her goals are, and how much work needs to be done to achieve those goals. Some students require only a few hours of tutoring, while others meet frequently over the course of months or longer. Every student is unique, and Inspirica's Educational Consultants and expert tutors will evaluate each student's circumstances in order to uniquely tailor a tutoring program to fit any situation. For a typical ACT preparation program, most students are able to achieve their goals by meeting with their Inspirica tutor once per week for two hours until the test date.
Most students take only one test or the other. While similar in many ways, the SAT and the ACT are different enough that most students perform better on one than on the other. The best way to find out which test is more suited to your student is to take a diagnostic practice test of each kind. Once we have an understanding of your child’s skills and strengths, we can help you decide which test is a better fit and should be the focus of your preparation efforts.
Many students take the ACT for the first time in the spring of their junior year of high school or in the fall of their senior year. Students frequently take the test multiple times. The right time to take the test and how long to prepare depend on the student’s skills, schedule, and goals. Each student is unique, and Inspirica’s Educational Consultants are happy to work with you and get to know your student’s circumstances so you can make the right choice about testing and preparation.
The ACT’s science section is designed to measure “science skills” rather than specific scientific content. This means that understanding the scientific method is important and so is the ability to read charts and graphs. Logical reasoning from evidence is also important in this section of the test. Knowledge pertaining to a particular scientific field, such as physics, biology, or chemistry, is not necessarily important.
The ACT has a score range of 1–36 in each of four categories: English, mathematics, reading, and science. There is an optional essay, which is also scored from 1 to 36. A good score depends on the goals of an individual student, target schools, and the rest of a student’s application. Once we get to know you and your child, we can help you shape those goals and make a plan to reach them.
Superscoring allows college applicants to combine the section scores from different tests taken on different days into one overall test score. This “superscore” represents the student’s best performance in each of the ACT’s test sections. The ACT allows superscoring when test scores are submitted to colleges, but the decision to consider a superscore rather than complete scores for each test is left to the colleges.
Inspirica uses full-length practice test material to administer mock tests under realistic conditions. These tests are used to help gauge a student’s progress at different points during the tutoring program. In analyzing the results, our expert tutors go beyond the numbers, talking with the student and looking at what he or she has written on the test booklet to get a full picture of the improvement level and what else needs to be done to complete test preparation.