Advanced ACT Test Prep Enabled by Innovative Platform Features
10 Full-Length ACT Practice Tests
Piqosity’s market-leading ACT test prep plans include 10 full-length practice tests plus essay prompts.
All plans, including our free Community Plan, come with a Mini Diagnostic ACT test to quickly gauge a student’s starting point.
Piqosity Virtual Tutor
Patrick the Piqosity Virtual Tutor (PVT) personalizes the course outline and automatically guides students through lessons, practice, and review.
Students input their goal score and timeline, from which PVT provides a personalized, step-by-step plan of action.
Concept Review Lessons
Brush up on ACT tested concepts with our tutorials and animated video lessons that cover everything from types of numbers to trigonometric functions. Piqosity dynamically recommends lessons based off of a student’s demonstrated weaknesses.
Adaptive & Gamified Practice
Piqosity can create individualized practice sets based off a student’s weakest areas. A gamified mode provides instant feedback, leaderboard points, plus badges and sounds.
Strengths & Weaknesses Analysis
Piqosity continuously updates your estimated test day score after every full-length test and practice set. It also analyzes all practice to provide details on strengths and weaknesses, improvements, and pacing.
Every full-length ACT test question contains at least 1 explanation. Students may request additional explanations from all educator in our network.
Printable ACT Practice Test PDFs
Both full-length ACT practice tests and personalized practice sets can be downloaded as a PDF for printing.
Want to time your ACT test prep? The countdown timer can be set to standard time, time-and-a-half, and double time according to your preferences.
Innovative Learning Tools
Piqosity’s student interface includes helpful tools like answer choice strike-throughs, question flagging, and a whiteboard on which to do scratch work.
Our global team of software engineers, curriculum editors, and educators is continuously deploying features and updating materials. We generally make behind-the-scenes code updates every two weeks.
Piqosity’s Affordable Pricing for Online ACT Prep
ACT Course Plans
The chart above is for users who sign up directly with Piqosity beginning September 6, 2021.
- No credit card is required to register for the free Community Plan.
- All plans include unlimited access for 365 days.
- Lower-tier plans can be upgraded after initial purchase; however, coupons are not applicable to upgrades, and the validity period will not be extended beyond the original purchase date.
Included Services for Individual Users
Honors and Select individual user plans for ACT test prep include a one-time parent-tutor consultation provided by a qualified educator. These services will help to ensure that parents and students get off to a great start and know how to correctly use Piqosity’s platform.
These consultation and tutorial services are provided by third-party educators not employed by Piqosity.
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The purpose of the Parent-Tutor Consultation is for parents to get a better understanding of the steps required for their child to succeed at ACT test prep and testing. These consultations are between a qualified tutor or manager and the student’s parent or guardian.
- Students are not generally part of this meeting
- Consultations last approximately 20 minutes
- Consultations are typically virtual but can take place in-person when possible
Topics to be covered in the consultation include:
- Answering a parent’s general questions about the selected course
- Showing quick tips on how to best use Piqosity
- Providing recommendations for next-steps
The purpose of the Private Tutorial is for students to review their completed Mini Diagnostic test with an experienced tutor and receive quick tips and strategies.
- Tutoring sessions are help one-to-one with the student
- Session last a maximum of 1 hour
- Sessions are typically virtual but can take place in-person when possible
Topics to be covered in the 1-hour tutoring session include
- Reviewing a student’s Piqosity mini-diagnostic test
- Showing quick tips on how to best use Piqosity
- Providing recommendations for next steps
Group Pricing for Educators
Discounted, per-student pricing is available to any educator including schools, tutoring companies, teachers, or tutors. Each student license is charged individually depending on the number of active licenses in the educator’s account.
Only one type of plan is available for group discounts–the Group Plan. The Group Plan includes access to all 10 full-length practice tests but no additional services or bundled courses.
No application is required; to qualify for group pricing, simply register as an educator or organization, and the discounts will be automatically applied.
The Piqosity Advantage
How to Improve Your ACT Score with Piqosity
Our proven test prep methodology for the last 18+ years.
Learn About the ACT Test
for US college admissions
The English Test is the first and fastest section. It tests English usage and mechanics:
- 1st multiple-choice section
- 45 minutes
- 75 questions
- 36 seconds per question
The Mathematics Test is comprised of word problems generally arranged from easiest to hardest:
- 2nd multiple-choice section
- 60 minutes
- 60 questions
- 60 seconds per question
The Reading Test is comprised of 4 sections containing one to two passages followed by 10 questions:
- 3rd multiple-choice section
- 35 minutes
- 40 questions
- 52 seconds per question
The Science Test contains 6-7 passages chock full of charts and graphs for your to interpret:
- 4th multiple-choice section
- 35 minutes
- 40 questions
- 52 seconds per question
The Writing Test is optional and asks students to write an argumentative essay:
- 5th, last, and optional section
- 40 minutes
- 3 opposing viewpoints
- 1 essay prompt
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes! Every practice set on Piqosity, including adaptive questions and full-length tests, can be downloaded as a PDF file for easy printing.
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.
All courses are available for a full 365 days after the date of purchase.
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).
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes! We are actively looking for educators and publishers to contribute to our platform. Please contact us for more information.
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.
Every practice set on Piqosity, including adaptive questions and full-length mock tests, can be downloaded as a PDF file for easy printing.
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.
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:
- 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).
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.
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.
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:
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)
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 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?
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.
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.
Versus the SAT, the ACT generally presents questions in a less complex manner but requires students to know more advanced concepts and work more quickly.
However, our experience working with thousands of students over the last 18 years is that fewer than 5% of students will score significantly different on the SAT vs the ACT. After the SAT remade itself in 2016, the ACT and SAT are incredibly similar and the overwhelming majority of students will score equivalently.
Both the SAT and the ACT test core concepts from Math, English, and Data Analysis. They are both peer-normed tests (you’re scored in comparison to your classmates). They both have an optional essay.
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.