Don’t forget to check my list of calculators for the ACT. Here are the ACT Dates for 2020-21: Test Date Deadline Late Deadline September 12, 2020 September 13, 2020 September 19, 2020 August 31 No late fees October 10, 2020 October 17, 2020 October 24, 2020 October 25, 2020 October 5 No late fees December 12, 2020 December 12, 2020 No late fees February 6, 2021 January 15 No late fees June 12, 2021 May 7 May 8 - May 21 July 17, 2021* May 7 May 8 - May 21 *No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date.
The TI-84 Plus is the most widely used calculator on the ACT and the best version is the TI-84 Plus CE. Click the button below to see it on Amazon. One of the most common students ask before taking the ACT is, “Can I use my calculator on the test?” The answer is yes… but be careful. You do have to be careful to stick with the ACT’s list of approved calculators.
UPDATE: Since this post, I’ve done full Kaplan ACT & SAT Prep review. Kaplan has announced they are discounting their “Classroom Anywhere” classes for ACT and SAT prep in September and October. It is a $100 discount from their normal cost of $499. The discount ends on October, so you must enroll by October 31 to take advantage of the special price. You will also need to follow the link above and use the discount code “100AW” to get the discount.
Kaplan is one of the best known names in test prep classes for getting students the extra ACT and SAT practice they need. What is probably less known is that Kaplan now offers online test prep in addition to the traditional classroom courses that they have offered for decades. If you’re anxious about the math test (or any part really) on the SAT or ACT, you might want to consider taking advantage of this type of service for some extra math practice for the test.
UPDATE: Since this post, I’ve more posted a more recent review of Kaplan ACT & SAT Prep. When you’re prepping for the SAT or ACT, one of the best things you can do to improve your score is work on practice math problems. Kaplan is now providing a free tool for getting ACT or SAT practice problems online. Kaplan’s SAT Quizbank and ACT Quizbank allow students to get practice test problems with a lot of flexibility.
One of the rules students tend to overlook for the ACT and SAT is the backup calculator rule. Both tests allow you to bring a backup subject only to the rule that you can’t have both calculators out at once. This means as long as you’ve got one of the calculators under your desk, you are completely within the rules. This is a rule you really can’t afford to overlook for two reasons: