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A procedural update pulls the ACT into the 21st century.
As you may have heard, after a brief delay the ACT is going to be converting to an internet-based test (iBT) format in the near future. This has created a lot of questions regarding which one people should take, what will the new test look like, and how best to prepare if your going to take the new version.
Let's take a quick look at what is changing and what is staying the same.
Staying the Same
The Question Structure
The ACT will maintain its current structure of English, Math, Reading, Science, and the Essay.
The Number of Questions and Time Allowances
Despite the initial announcement stating the new iBT would be an adaptive test, which could have made the total time required on the test variable based on performance, the ACT, at least initially, will be a standard non-adaptive test. This means that you will still have the same 60 questions in math, 40 questions in science, 40 questions in reading, and 75 questions in English as you do in the current format of the test.
In addition, the same time allowances will apply to each of these sections as students currently see.
As mentioned, the primary medium which the test is taken on is changing to iBT format from the current paper-based testpBT ) format. This is being done as a step towards removing the rampant cheating which has caused the last minute cancelation of tests over the years.
The first iteration of the iBT format of the ACT may be a straight port from paper to computer, but ACT.org has stated that they will be moving to an adaptive format similar to that which you see on the GMAT in the coming years. Not only will this be a more secure way to take the test, it will also be a game changer in how you approach the test.
Thankfully, there are test prep providers like The Edge Prep and The Edge Tutors who are not only able to prep for the current test, but also able to better prepare you for the future changes to the format.
For more on the upcoming changes taking place on the ACT you can look at the official ACT blog.
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With the launch of the 1st version of The Edge Prep having passed, we thought it was a good time to lay out the exciting changes we have in store for this platform over the upcoming year. Here is a list to help you keep track of what we have in store.
- Mobile App Version on Android and Apple IOS
- User Interface Version 2.0
- Content Updates - Fixes and additional content for existing users.
- SSAT Product Launch - Premium and Standard Tiers
- Integration with The Edge Tutors for a Single Sign-On(SSO) System. More to be announced on this pairing later.
- TOEFL Product Launch - Premium and Standard Tiers
- SSAT Product Launch - Ultimate Tier
- TOEFL Product Launch - Ultimate Tier
- Content Update and Revisions for All Current Products
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