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Author: Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Rachel is one of Magoosh’s Content Creators. She writes and updates content on our High School and GRE Blogs to ensure students are equipped with the best information during their test prep journey. Rachel has helped students around the world prepare for various standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT, and she is one of the authors of our Magoosh ACT Prep Book. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Brown University, an MA in Cinematography from the Université de Paris VII, and a Ph.D. in Film Studies from University College London. For over a decade, Rachel has honed her craft as a fiction and memoir writer and public speaker. Her work has appeared in over a dozen online and print publications, including Vanity Fair Hollywood. When she isn't strategically stringing words together at Magoosh, you can find Rachel riding horses or with her nose in a book. LinkedIn

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Average ACT Scores by State (2020 Update)

In this article I go over average ACT scores, what they mean for competition, and how to make your state’s average ACT score work to your advantage.

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When Do ACT Scores Come Out? Score Release Dates and FAQ

  After you take the ACT, you might feel like a big weight’s been lifted from your shoulders. But, as the days pass and you still don’t have your test score, the tension starts setting in again. If you’re refreshing your ACT account page and wondering, When do ACT scores come out?—don’t worry! Your ACT […]

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Best ACT Prep Books 2020 – Which Book is Best for You?

Not all ACT test prep books are created equal, and it can be tough to figure out which one is the best for you. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive review of the best ACT prep books available today.

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How Many Times Should I Take the ACT?

It depends, but if you’re just starting your ACT journey, Mr. B offers some advice on how many times a student should take the ACT for maximum success.

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Quick ACT Prep in 20 Minutes Per Day (ACT Streaks)

Need some quick ACT prep? You’re in the right place! Magoosh has put together an ACT study guide specially designed to give you the biggest bang for your buck in about 20 minutes, five days a week! If you need an ACT study guide in 2020 that will get you where you need to be […]

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Does the SAT Curve Really Exist? How the Scoring Actually Works

We’ve all been there: the teacher announces that your super-difficult test was (drumroll, please…) graded on a curve! And so, when students start studying for the SAT, they often ask: Is the SAT curved? However, the SAT is never graded on a curve—and this is actually good news for test-takers! What Does It Mean to […]

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ACT Scores: Everything You Need to Know

ACT scores range from a low of 1 to a max score of 36. Overall, ACT test scores are the average of test-takers’ sectional scores (also 1-36) in English, Math, Reading, and Science. So what is a good ACT score? The ACT score range for students admitted to different colleges varies, and the average ACT score is 20.8. However, various factors will affect what a “good” ACT score is for you.

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Should I Take an ACT Diagnostic Test?

Find out why you should take an ACT diagnostic test, why it’s important, and what you can learn from it to get your best score.

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What Should You Major In? Take the Quiz

Of all the many decisions you make in college (scheduling no classes before 10am, eating exclusively breakfast cereal for a month), picking your major is one of the most exciting and stressful. While your major is important in certain career paths more than others, it definitely will impact the rest of your college career. It’ll […]

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How to Get into the University of Rochester: SAT and ACT Scores, GPA and More

If you’re looking for a friendly community feeling to your college—but also want the resources of a big research university—the University of Rochester might be a great fit. With stellar academics, Rochester is also the sixth largest employer in New York, giving you a sense of its size! Renowned for everything from it’s a cappella […]

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