PowerScore ACT Frequently Asked Questions
1. 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:
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.
2. Do I have to pay in full for my class when I enroll?
We offer students enrolled in Full-Length or Live Online Courses the opportunity to make a deposit of $350 to reserve their seat in the course, and make payment(s) until 3 business days prior to the course start. Additionally, in certain situations we can arrange extended payment plans for those Full-Length or Live Online Course students who need more time to complete their payment. For more information please call our offices at 800-545-1750.
3. 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.
The current fee to register for the ACT is $36.50 (USD), or $52.50 (USD) with the Writing Section included. Various services dealing with score reports and student questions are available for an additional fee.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Will I lose my payment if I withdraw from the course before it starts or if I decide to take the ACT later?
No. The payment for our in-person ACT Accelerated Courses and ACT Full Length Courses is fully refundable minus a $50 processing fee 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. 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.
8. Can I switch PowerScore course locations?
Yes. If you need to begin classes at one location and finish at another location, you can transfer between courses. All we require is adequate notice of your transfer so we can have class materials for you at the new location.
9. 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.