When discussing the ACT with parents, a certain question comes up rather frequently;
Which ACT testing date is easiest?
The simple answer is this: none.
The more complicated answer is that there are many different factors that play a role in which date may be best for your child. But none of these reasons include one test being easier than another.
It’s a myth that has long been fueled by the rumor mill but there’s actually no evidence to back it up.
While this may feel a bit disappointing, don’t be discouraged. There are still certain testing dates that may be better options for your child than others. As we’ve learned throughout our lives, one size fits all is not a realistic measuring tool. While taking the test in December may be better for one student, another might find it difficult to balance studying, school work and soccer practice for months at a time. Therefore, that test may seem harder to that student but in actuality, they didn’t have the proper amount of time to prepare.
With that said, it’s important that you pick a date that coincides with your child’s availability to prepare. Junior year can be a very stressful and busy time for students. Take a look at their schedule and see when they would really have enough time to add the ACT into the mix.
We also recommend that students begin preparing for the ACT in the summer months leading into their junior year. Ideally, this gives students a couple months of uninterrupted practice before starting the school year where they will be bombarded with schoolwork and extracurriculars.
Even though the ACT doesn’t offer a testing date that is easier than others, there is still a date that will fit your child best. The goal is always to make sure that your child gets their preferred score by taking the less stressful route. And when you get to the big day, don't forget about these tips to help prepare.
To plan in advance, know that the ACT is always offered in the following months: