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When should students start taking the ACT?

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I have had over 100 middle school students go through my classes. If the middle school student is a stronger reader, then they will do well. Every one of those middle school students scored 20 or higher on the ACT. To date, based on those students, the three highest 8th grade scores achieved have been 28, 29, and 30.

I am not suggesting a student should start in middle school. I do think it is a good idea for a college-bound student to take their first ACT either by April or June of their sophomore year, so they – and their parents – know where they are at.

I have been teaching test prep classes since 1995, and I have never had a student regret taking the test too early. On the other hand, I will have quite a few seniors in my summer and fall classes who share their regrets for not taking the test earlier.

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