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“ACTing” on ACT Prep | 5 ACT Prep Tips to Up Your Score

Today I have 5 ACT prep tips to improve your score!

Take it from me – ACTs are stressful, just like all those other tests you have to take; PSAT, SAT, and ACT are some of the most daunting names in the standardized test business.

The ACT is made up of 50% English (reading half and writing half), 25% Science, and 25% Mathematics (up to Algebra II).

I’m going to run through some quick tips for high-schoolers on how to prep for the ACT test to reduce stress (or at least have a vague idea of what you’re doing).

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Tip #1: STUDY!!!!

Unless you’re taking it cold freshman year, please, PLEASE study. Organize study groups, look through Khan Academy, peruse your textbooks, and the ACT study guide.

Don’t make it a solid block of two hours per night. It’s better if you limit it to 30-45-minute blocks so you don’t overload your brain with too much information.

If you know you’ve got a certain subject down cold, then review that section and save the time for where you struggle with a subject. For me, English is one of the easiest things on the planet, so I’d study that less than, say, math.

Tip #2: READ THE ENTIRE SECTION. This one is directed at the English reading portion of the test.

If the question asks you to read this essay/paragraph/whatever, READ THE WHOLE THING. If you aren’t a speed-reader, that’s fine – you have 45 minutes to answer 75 questions, use your time wisely. Skimming the passage is a necessary time-saver, so do that if you can catch little details with a quick glance.

Tip #3: Another English clue-in – LOOK AT ALL THE ANSWERS.

With most English summation questions, there are long, complicated, seemingly-correct answers, and some short, concise, to-the-point answers. Most English teachers want you to summarize in small, easily-read sentences. The short answer will probably be your best bet.

Tip #4: Mathematics section – PAY ATTENTION TO THE DIAGRAMS.

Some of them have numbers stated that will quickly rule out options, and point toward others. Yes, there are distractors, but it will knock off at least one wrong answer. You’ve got 60 minutes for 60 questions.

Tip #5: Mathematics tip – PLUG YOUR NUMBERS IN.

If you’re not entirely sure, then whip out your calculator and see if X still equals your answer once it’s plugged in. If it doesn’t, then back to the drawing board if you can spare the time.

I hope this helped, guys! Good luck on your ACT, and don’t stress too much – too much stress is bad!

Meet the Writer:: Emma is has a passion for creative writing, reading, traveling, performing, and singing. When she isn’t practicing for musicals or choir, she is hanging with friends or relaxing at home with a good book.

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đŸ’–Andrea {and Emma}

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