ACT Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ACT?
The ACT standardized test is accepted for admission to colleges across the U.S. In addition to factors such as teacher recommendations, extracurricular activities, and class rank; the ACT is used to measure a student’s success rate in college. The ACT measures critical reading, higher mathematics, English, and science skills — elements that are considered essential for success in college. The test will take 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete and includes the following four scored sections:
English-five passages followed by multiple-choice questions
Math- multiple-choice questions on practical math questions
Reading- four passages followed by multiple-choice questions
Science- seven sets of scientific information each followed multiple-choice questions
Each main section is scored on a scale of 1 to 36 — one score for each section. Your total score will be an average of the four sections, and range between 1 and a perfect 36. There is also an optional Writing Section which takes 30 minutes to complete, and is scored on a scale of 2-12.
Do I have to pay in full for my class when I enroll?
Yes, payment must be made in full to be considered enrolled in the course.
However, PowerScore does offer financing (payment plans) with Affirm* for our Live Online course through our e-commerce check-out online. This payment option is available to our US customers, and will allow our customers to split the price of their purchase into fixed payment amounts that fit their monthly budget. Customers will have the option to pick from 3, 6, and 12 month plan to finance their purchase. If you are interested in financing your purchase with Affirm, just select Affirm at checkout where you will then be redirected to the Affirm website.
For students outside the US, in certain situations we can arrange extended payment plans for those Live Online Course students who need more time to complete their payment. For more information, please call our offices at 800-545-1750.
*Subject to credit check and approval. Down payment may be required. For purchases under $395, limited payment options are available. Estimated payment amount excludes taxes and shipping fees. Affirm loans are made by Cross River Bank, a New Jersey State Chartered Commercial Bank, Member FDIC. See https://www.affirm.com/faqs for details.
When should my child/I take the ACT?
We recommend students first take the ACT in the spring of their junior year. You can take the ACT multiple times with no penalty.
What does it cost to take the ACT?
The current fee to register for the ACT is $46.00 (USD), or $62.50 (USD) with the Writing Section included. Various services dealing with score reports and student questions are available for an additional fee.
For more information, you may go here: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration/fees.html.
How do I sign up for the ACT?
All registration must be done through The ACT. You can register for the test online at www.actstudent.org or by calling 319-337-1270.
Is there a deadline to sign up for the PowerScore ACT course?
There is no official deadline to sign up for our courses, but classes do close due to size limitations. For classes starting in April, students who enroll in the course by mid-March should be able to reserve a space without a problem. If you know you are going to sign up for a class but you have not yet sent in your payment, you can always give us a call and we will place a courtesy hold on a space for you. The hold will ensure that a space in the class is still available for you when your payment arrives.
What is your refund policy?
The payment for our ACT Live Online Course is fully refundable minus a $350 course deposit if you notify us in writing at least ten (10) business days prior to the start of your course, and you have not yet activated your Online Student Center account.
The payment for our ACT Live Online Accelerated Course is refundable minus a $150 course deposit if you notify us in writing at least ten (10) business days prior to the start of your course, and you have not yet activated your Online Student Center account.
Do you offer a score increase guarantee?
We offer a score increase up to 4 points for our Live Online Course, and 3 points for our Live Online Accelerated Course. If students do not achieve this score increase, they may repeat the course once for free. Please keep in mind that in order to qualify for the score increase guarantee, all coursework and homework must be completed and students must attend all classes.
Should I buy another study book to use before classes start?
Although our course provides comprehensive preparation for the ACT, you cannot be harmed by exposure to the math and English problems contained in other books. In class you will learn a number of optimal techniques for attacking the ACT, and that will help correct any bad habits you may have developed by studying other materials.