Frequently asked questions.

Test Administration

We support the following ACT test forms: 0964E, 0661C, 1267C, 1460E, 0359F, 1165D, 1467F, 1572CPRE, 1874FPRE and more.

Please write to us and we will help.

You can order tests from ACT by using this form or you can use the “Preparing for ACT” booklet which comes with the test 1572CPRE.

If you are looking to administer PLAN or EXPLORE tests to your Freshmen or Middle school students, please write to us.

You can use the answer sheet from the test booklet or write to us and we will send you a copy of the answer sheet we recommend.

If you are looking for a PLAN or EXPLORE answer sheet, please write to us.

If you are in a state that administers a test to all Juniors, then you should test the Sophomores along with your Juniors.

If testing Sophomores on the Junior state test date is not possible, then you should test your Juniors at the beginning of the school year or towards the end of Fall semester.

Either of these approach will give you sufficient time to review the results with your students and develop a plan to incorporate the findings into your plan.


The analysis is priced on a per student basis. We will be happy to match a competitors price if you are looking to switch providers.

You should compare our price to what other providers charge for analysis ($7 to $10), purchase of books ($10 to $20 per book) and purchase of teaching materials ($50 to $100 per teacher).

The per student pricing includes:

  • Individual student reports
  • Personalized online content for students
  • Teacher access to online reports and content
  • Access to holy grail documents - provide access to thousands of practice questions.

Reporting Package

The base package includes the following reports:

  • Student pareto analysis report
  • The grade level pareto analysis report
  • Top three improvement area excel report

The student report provides information on the top three improvement areas in English, Math, Reading, and Science.

Prescription for 1, 3 and 5 composite point improvement

Information for goal setting discussion with students.

The grade level pareto analysis report provides information on the top three improvement areas for each of the four test: English, Math, Reading and Science. The top three improvement areas can be used by the individual departments to develop an instruction plan to help students master the content.

The 1, 3 and 5 composite point improvement prescription allows schools to structure their 1 month, 3 month and 6 month improvement programs.

The Excel Report - top three improvement areas - is used by some schools to structure differentiated instruction within a classroom, structure RTI2 programs mandated by state department of education, and bootcamps.

Holy Grails

The pareto analysis categories are aligned to content from ACT prep books. These linkage documents are called Holy Grails.

  • Wiley – The Official ACT Prep Guide – 2018, 2017 Editions
    ISBN: 978-1119386896, 978-1119236412
  • McGraw Hill ACT – 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 Editions
    ISBN: 978-1259642326, 978‐0‐07‐179292‐9, 978-0-07-183185-7, 978-0-07-184850-3
  • Barron’s ACT 36 3rd and 2nd Edition
    ISBN 978-0-7641-4705-0
  • Kaplan ACT Premier or Strategies Edition – 2017, 2016, 2015 or 2014 Editions
    ISBN: 978-1506203188, 978-1506203171, 978-1-61865-059-7, 978-1-60978-731-8, 978-1-62523-140-6
  • Peterson’s The Real ACT Prep Guide – 3rd Edition
    ISBN: 978-0768934403

If you have made investments in ACT Prep books we will help you leverage these investments. We support additional ACT Prep books, so write to us.

The holy grail document lists the sub topics/content areas that make up each pareto topic. For each sub-topic, you will find question number and page number pair. These pairs correspond to the questions that align with the pareto topic. See below

  • (E7) Effective Sentences
    • (E7) Opening Sentence
      6/43, 32/47, 37/47, 55/50, 62/51, 70/53, 5/479, 17/481, 63/487
    • (E7) Transitional Sentence
      4/42, 22/45, 26/45, 52/50, 65/52, 8/339, 52/346, 55/346, 18/481, 62/487, 70/488
    • (E7) Ending Sentence
      9/339, 27/342, 59/347, 64/348, 74/349, 21/481, 37/483, 44/484, 54/485

In the above example, you see questions from this book that correspond to Effective Sentence topic. Effective Sentence question types are: Opening Sentence, Transitional Sentence, and Ending Sentence. The first pair 6/43 means, question #6 on page #43 corresponds to Opening Sentence sub-topic.

Online Content

Yes, based on student results we personalize online content. The focus areas are determined based on the top three improvement areas identified by the analysis.

Content is from Wiley ACT for Dummies®, with CD, Premier 6th Edition© 2015 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The online content has questions from 5 full length ACT practice material.

The top three improvement areas for a typical student will involve practicing about 300 to 350 questions.

Once a student has practiced the top three improvement areas, he/she can identify the fourth and fifth improvement area from their report (pareto chart) and work on those areas from the online database.

Students typically get access to online content for one year but in some cases they get access to content for longer.