Online ACT Prep and Practice Tests2023-10-24T16:25:52-05:00

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Taking practice tests is the best way to evaluate strengths and weaknesses, familiarize yourself with the test format, and build endurance. Piqosity offers up to 10 full-length practice tests, more than any of our competitors.

Use the analysis generated by mock tests to develop or refine your ISEE test prep roadmap. Read Piqosity’s content lessons or watch how-to videos to review areas where you need a little refreshing.

Internalize what you’ve reviewed in the concept lessons by discussing your findings with a peer, parent, or tutor. Use Piqosity’s question-and-answers feature and the discussion forum.

Practice does not always make perfect, but it can get you close! Work practice questions using Piqosity’s adaptive practice feature; liven things up by switching to gamified mode. If you run out practice, consider taking a complementary Piqosity course in math and English.

Repeat this cycle until you achieve your desired score!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cancel at anytime?2021-09-08T10:32:40-05:00

If you upgrade from the free Community plan, your credit card will only be charged the one time with no recurring fees. All paid plans are currently valid for 365 days from the date of activation. No credit card is required to initially register for Piqosity’s free Community plan.

Do Piqosity’s math and ELA courses last a full school year?2021-11-10T17:01:35-06:00

Currently, all of our Math and ELA courses are estimated to take around 40 hours to complete. School is in session for roughly 35 weeks out of the year; assuming a student works roughly 1 hour per week, your Piqosity math course will take the average student a full academic year to complete. Students using Piqosity to remediate or prepare for a standardized test such as the ISEE Lower Level, will likely have to compress this timeline.

Will Piqosity’s courses help my child if they are falling behind in school?2021-11-10T17:00:25-06:00

Yes! Piqosity’s courses are designed to meet your student where they are, and they can be used for both enrichment and remediation. Your child can use Piqosity’s lessons and practice materials to review and reinforce the concepts they are struggling with in class. If they aren’t sure where to start, they can take a diagnostic test to help them understand where their weaknesses lie, or they can use the Piqosity Virtual Tutor to progress through the Course Outline from start to finish.

Where do I go for technical assistance or customer support?2021-11-10T17:02:48-06:00

Piqosity works hard to make our platform as straightforward and easy-to-navigate as possible. If you are experiencing issues, please visit our support center for immediate answers to most questions, including how-to guides for students and educators, as well as a list of known technical issues. You can also contact us via support ticket any time or call us at +1 713-234-6098 within business hours.

Can I print Piqosity’s course materials?2021-11-10T17:06:21-06:00

Yes! Every practice set on Piqosity, including adaptive questions and full-length tests, can be downloaded as a PDF file for easy printing.

Do I receive a certificate of completion or course credit for a Piqosity course?2021-11-10T17:06:50-06:00

Piqosity is not an accredited institution and does not offer course credit. We do not currently offer certificates of completion at this time, but are working towards doing so in the near future.

Is there a time limit to complete my Piqosity online course?2021-11-10T17:06:58-06:00

All courses are available for a full 365 days after the date of purchase. 

Who creates Piqosity’s courses?2021-11-10T17:07:33-06:00

Our content is partly written in-house and partly by third party publishers including tutors and teachers. Our in-house team has more than 15 years of experience helping thousands of students achieve their potential at our home base in Houston and around the world.

Our content is aligned to both Common Core and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). We and our partners also write content in accordance with our experience and the specifications set forth by the test makers (i.e. ACT, College Board, and ERB).

Can I use Piqosity’s courses to teach a class or tutor?2021-11-10T17:07:41-06:00

Yes! We built Piqosity not only to be user friendly for parents and students at home but also for the advanced needs of tutors and teachers. Key features for educators include:

  • Student management including the ability to see everything the student sees
  • Automatic scoring and analysis of all student work
  • Assignments with due dates
  • Custom Branding (tutoring companies and schools)

The biggest features for educators are still yet to come. Beginning this fall we will open up our platform to enable any qualified educator to upload their own instructional content to Piqosity. This means that educators will be able to create their own lessons and questions. They will be able to share this content with all users or just with their own students.We are actively looking for educators and publishers to contribute to our platform. Please contact us for more information.

Do Piqosity’s classes come with tutoring hours?2021-11-10T17:07:58-06:00

Piqosity does not provide tutorial services. However, we do partner with independent, third-party educators across the world. Some of our course packages include a consultation or tutorial session with these tutors and teachers.

Should I take an online class?2021-11-10T17:08:56-06:00

Piqosity’s online classes are suitable for many different types of self-directed learners. Whether you’re a student looking for additional \ enrichment and test prep outside of the classes or are simply looking for a little remediation, Piqosity’s courses provide you with the tools and resources you need to meet your goals.

However, online learning is not for everyone. Students who struggle to focus on the computer may find that classroom learning is better suited to their needs.

How do Piqosity’s online classes work?2021-11-10T17:08:49-06:00

As always, it’s free to sign up with Piqosity’s Community Plan, which provides you with limited access to premium content. The paid plan unlocks all of Piqosity’s key innovative platform features, including:

  • Instructional lessons with multiple variations including videos
  • Adaptive practice including the option for gamification
  • Student analytics and strengths and weakness diagnostics
  • Answer explanations from both the original author and third-party educators
  • Printable PDF practice tests and question sets
  • Timers with settings for time and a half and double time
  • Online test taking tools like whiteboard, question scratch throughs, and flagging

Register now to get started!

Can I try before I buy?2021-09-08T10:29:52-05:00

Yes! All of our courses include a free “Community” plan with limited access to premium content like mini diagnostic tests. No credit card is required to register. If you decide that you want access to more premium content, simply upgrade your plan. Upgraded course plans are single-pay, non-recurring, and provide access for 365-days from the date of purchase.

Why is Piqosity’s Digital SAT Course Free?2024-02-01T14:26:31-06:00

Piqosity’s new Digital SAT course is currently free through March 31, 2024. We are confident in the quality of our content but not all of it is available. Therefore, access is free because this course is still in development:

  1. Not all 12 full-length tests are available. While we intend to offer 12 digital SAT practice tests plus 2 PSAT tests, we are rolling them out sequentially between February and March, 2024.
  2. Instructional lessons are not yet uploaded. Our content team is in the process of adapting paper SAT lessons plus writing entirely new lessons and videos. These will be uploaded beginning in March.
  3. The questions are not normed. Piqosity is unique among e-learning platforms in that every question on our platform is continuously peer-normed for difficulty. However, given the newness of the DSAT content, we don’t yet have that data. For this reason, you’ll also notice that our full-length tests are not currently numbered 1-12. Instead they have unique names like “Baker” or “Sid Rich” so that we can shuffle the order around in order to encourage more usage of certain tests during the free, development period.
What is Piqosity?2021-10-08T13:46:32-05:00

Piqosity means to pique curiosity. We are a Houston-based education technology startup on a mission to rethink education. One product launch at a time, we are on a journey to democratize education publishing, personalize student learning, and empower future generations to tackle the greatest challenges. Our team has more than 18 years of tutoring and test prep experience since we first helped our first student out of a Rice University dorm room in 2003. Click here to learn more about our company.

Who writes your content?2018-12-20T11:14:05-06:00

Our content is partly written in-house and partly by third party publishers including tutors and teachers. Our in-house team has more than 15 years of experience helping thousands of students achieve their potential in Houston (where we’re based) and around the world.

We and our partners write content in accordance with our experience and the specifications set forth by the test makers (i.e. ACT, College Board, and ERB). To avoid mismanaging expectations, our material is meant to be challenging while still matching the tested topics and question types.

I’m an educator or publisher; can I publish with Piqosity?2017-03-09T14:13:20-06:00

Yes! We are actively looking for educators and publishers to contribute to our platform. Please contact us for more information.

Does Piqosity offer tutoring?2021-10-08T13:43:30-05:00

No, as an education-technology company, Piqosity does not directly provide tutorial services. However, we do partner with independent, third-party educators across the world. Some of our course packages include a consultation or tutorial session with these tutors and teachers.

What if I need paper tests?2018-07-24T10:50:17-05:00

Every practice set on Piqosity, including adaptive questions and full-length mock tests, can be downloaded as a PDF file for easy printing.

What is the ACT?2021-10-03T10:31:18-05:00

The American College Testing exam (ACT) is a standardized test required by many American colleges and universities during the admission process. Administered by ACT, Inc., the ACT is a pencil-and-paper, multiple-choice exam that consists of 4 required sections and 1 optional essay:

  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Writing (1 optional prompt)

A strong score on the ACT can help open doors to more competitive colleges and universities. However, admissions boards review ACT scores alongside other parts of a college application, including GPA, performance in extracurricular activities, application essays, letters of recommendation, admissions interviews, and scores from other standardized tests (like the SAT).

When do you take the ACT?2022-02-21T14:27:02-06:00

Students should aim to take the ACT in the spring of their junior year of high school. Doing so gives students more time and opportunities to retake the exam and improve their score, if desired. Visit the ACT’s site to find an ACT test center location near you and to see the test dates available at that location. 

Learn more about when to take the ACT and get this year’s ACT Test Dates here.

How much does the ACT cost?2022-02-21T14:26:19-06:00

It costs $60 to take the full ACT with no writing component, and $85 to take it with the writing component. Fee Waivers are available to eligible low-income 11th- and 12th- graders. Registration changes and additional services may cost additional fees.

Learn more about ACT Costs & Fee Waivers here.

How should I prepare for the ACT?2022-02-21T14:25:18-06:00

ACT preparation begins long before test day, and is primarily a reflection of the knowledge and skills a student learns over time in the classroom. However, test prep can help you review important concepts and, importantly, help test takers become more familiar and comfortable with the test itself.

Not sure how to study for the ACT? Piqosity provides up to 10 full-length practice tests and a multitude of other free resources, including a Mini Diagnostic Test, adaptive practice questions, tutorials and video lessons, and more, to help you achieve your ACT goals. Sign-up is free!

You may also benefit from exploring our FREE series of deep-dive blogs dedicated to each section of the ACT:

How long does the ACT take?2021-10-03T10:35:54-05:00

Including a 30 minute break, the full ACT without the writing component takes roughly 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete.

If students elect to write the optional essay, the test takes an additional 40 minutes to complete (so roughly 4 hours, including breaks). 

How many questions are on the ACT?
The ACT is composed of 215 total multiple-choice questions and 1 optional essay, with breakdown of question totals by section as follows: 

  • English: 75 questions (45 minutes)
  • Math: 60 questions (60 minutes) 
  • Reading: 40 questions (35 minutes) 
  • Science: 40 questions (35 minutes)
  • Writing: 1 prompt (40 minutes)
Are calculators allowed on the ACT?2021-10-03T10:37:56-05:00

Yes, calculators are allowed on the ACT; graphic calculators are typically the most popular option. Check the ACT’s calculator policy to learn more about what calculators are allowed on the ACT.  

In addition to an appropriate calculator, make sure you bring the following on test day:

  • Your up-to-date admission ticket – Log into your MyAct account and print
  • Acceptable photo ID – Typically your school ID, driver’s license, or passport
  • At least two No. 2 pencils with erasers – Mechanical pencils are not permitted 
  • Face covering – During pandemic conditions
  • Snacks and water – Avoid sugary drinks and snacks that will make you crash

For a comprehensive list of what to bring to the ACT — and what not to bring — see the ACT’s Bring This, Not That Checklist

What is a good ACT score?2022-02-21T14:21:40-06:00

What qualifies as a “good” score on the ACT depends on the goals of each particular student, the average scores required by their top choice of college or university, and the overall strength of a student’s application. In general, students are advised to aim for a composite score of at least 24 (which places you above the 74th percentile/better than ¾ of other test-takers). Keep in mind that a score of 24 may not be considered competitive enough for some schools. 

What is an average ACT score?
The average ACT score changes every year. According to a 2021 ACT report on national norms, the average composite ACT score for the 2020-21 year was 20.7 (calculated using data from 2018-2020). Keep in mind that the effects of COVID-19 make it unwise to compare performance results between 2021 and previous years.

What is a perfect ACT score?
A perfect score on the ACT is a composite score of 36.

Learn more about this issue with our in-depth article exploring What is a Good ACT Score?

When do ACT scores come out?2021-10-03T10:39:53-05:00

After you finish your ACT exam, you may wonder something along the lines of, “How long does it take to get ACT scores?”

Students who take the full ACT without the writing component should receive their scores roughly 2 weeks after their test dates. Students who take the ACT test without the writing component should receive their scores roughly 4 weeks after their test dates. You can view your test results by logging in to your MyACT account. 

Note: There is an exception to the above guidelines; if you took your test in October or February, your test results may take up to 3-8 weeks to be released. For more information, please see the ACT page on score reporting windows

It is worth stating that the ACT often does not always meet the aforementioned reporting deadlines. When planning your test dates, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

How many times can you take the ACT?2022-02-21T14:24:53-06:00

You can take the ACT up to 12 times, although most students stop at 2-3 retakes. We strongly encourage you to take your final ACT exam at least 6 weeks before your college application deadlines.

Keep in mind that early decision deadlines are typically November 1st and 15th, and standard deadlines generally begin in January. This means that if you are a senior applying for early decision, your last chance to take the ACT is typically the September administration date of your senior year; for standard deadlines, your last chance is typically the December administration date.

Again, keep in mind the ACT often does not always meet the aforementioned score reporting deadlines. When planning your test dates, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Learn more about ACT Retakes here.

What is the difference between the ACT and the SAT?2024-01-18T17:07:29-06:00

The biggest differences between the digital SAT and the ACT are:

  • The SAT is purely computer-based whereas the ACT is offered both online and in paper
  • The SAT is over 1 hour and 100 questions shorter than the ACT
  • The SAT tested math is a lower-level, and there’s no science section compared to the ACT

These top three points seem like a clear win for the newly launched digital SAT. However, the digital SAT is so new (only launching in March 2024) that there are bound to be some pitfalls such as:

  1. You might prefer a paper test
  2. The extra time and questions on the ACT might give you more of an opportunity to do better
  3. You might simply prefer the way that ACT questions are structured

Our experience working with thousands of students over the last 20 years is that fewer than 5% of students will score significantly different on the SAT vs the ACT. We doubt this statistic will change with the digital SAT, so don’t fret if your school requires you to take one test over the other.

Both the digital SAT and the ACT test core concepts from Math, English, and Data Analysis. Even though the SAT doesn’t have a dedicated science test, it does have “quantitative evidence” questions which are not too dissimilar. They are both peer-normed tests (you’re scored in comparison to your classmates).

Top colleges like Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford could not care less which test you take (so long as you do well); both the ACT are nearly universally accepted at US colleges. The ACT and SAT go back and forth between which exam is technically more popular when counted by completed tests; depending on the year, the ACT and the SAT each test between 1.7 and 2.2 million college-bound seniors.

Click here to read more.

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