2016 Grads: ACT Scores Are Out! Now What?


If your child took the October ACT, they may have gotten their scores back already.

If they took the test with writing, ACT says those scores should be available about two weeks after the multiple choice scores are posted.

So…now what?

Well that depends.

Is your child on cloud nine about their scores? 

Congratulations! Job well done! If your child is done with testing, then they should give themselves a pat on the back…and so should you! You’re done!  

Now it’s time to rest up (albeit briefly) before moving on to the next daunting phase: applying to college.

But don’t worry, we’ve got your back! To help you and your child through this phase, we have some resources that might help: 

  1. 7 Tips for Deciding Which College to Apply to
  2. 5 Things that Really Matter on College Applications [Infographic]
  3. 7 Things NOT to do When Applying to College
  4. 5 Things You Should Do BEFORE Applying to College

Is your child disappointed with their scores? 

If your child isn’t sure whether they should take the test again, they do have the option of taking the December ACT or SAT. The registration deadlines have passed but there is the option of registering late and paying the extra fee.

Now, this is a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly. Have a conversation with your child about whether he or she truly thinks they will be able to put in the time and effort to really see an increased improvement during the December tests. If not, then their time will probably be better spent focusing on keeping their grades up and writing college application essays.

They should only go for the December tests (or even the January test, if the prospective college allows January scores) if they are truly motivated to increase their scores.

With this short window, how can your child prep?

  1. Testive’s FREE software. We have thousands of practice questions available for the ACT and SAT (both versions). In addition, the software adapts to your childs ability level, so they will always be prepping “in the zone”. 
  2. If ACT practice tests are how your student wants to prepare, the Official ACT Study Guide contains five full-length practice tests. 
  3. If you would like some advice on how to best support your child through the end of their testing journey, we offer a free webinar called 6 Secrets to Conquering the SAT or ACT, with tips on how parents can help their children get through this stressful process. 

Whatever you and your child end up deciding, we wish you the best of luck as this college application journey finally starts to wind down!

You’re on the home stretch! Congratulations! 

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