In order to score well on the ACT, you need to concentrate on three main areas:
1. Time Management
2. Being Comfortable and prepared
3. Knowledge (Of course).
These are strategies that I used when taking the ACT. As a mediocre student taking the ACT as a sophomore in high school, I received a score of 27.
1. You have a lot of material to get through and often not much time to get through it. Don’t spend too much time on one question or section. If it looks difficult or confusing, take a quick guess and mark it to come back too. If you have time, spend more time on it; if not, at least you have something down.
2. Fill in your bubblesheet circles from the outside to the inside. It sounds silly, but it saves time.
3. In the reading section, read the questions first and then look for the answers in the passage.
4. In the science section, don’t read the instructions or words. The majority of the questions will focus on the tables and graphs included.
BEING PREPARED AND COMFORTABLE:
1. Don’t cram the night before. It will only stress you out and make you tired the next morning. You’re not going to learn huge significant amounts in one night.
2. Review briefly in the morning.
3. Dress very comfortably, but don’t look crappy. If you wake up 10 minutes before you need to leave and throw your hair up and put sweat pants on, you’re going to feel yucky as the test goes on. You don’t want to be half way through the test and realize you forgot deoderant. No one needs distractions like that.
4. Eat breakfast.
5. Bring pencils.
6. Bring a snack for the breaks. Really. Just bring it. If break comes and you don’t want it, don’t eat it. But you’ll want it. Trust me.
This can actually be one of the easiest parts of taking the ACT. The best thing you can do is go to your local or school library and check out an ACT practice book. (The Princeton Review has an excellent one). Set aside a time to take one of the practice tests (they are set up just like an actual test). Take one of the full length tests, and then go through and grade yourself. You will probably have missed a lot-in some cases more than 50%. That’s okay. For each answer, there is an explanation of the problem and the answer. Read it and make sure you udnerstand. If you got the question wrong because of a formula or some other type of knowledge you didn’t know, WRITE IT DOWN. Make a list of things you don’t know; for example, I had no idea what a real or imaginary number was. I made a list of things of that nature I didn’t understand, and wrote down an explanation or formula for each.
MAKE THE THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW INTO FLASH CARDS.
Study these like crazy! Review them the night before the test.