I know, you didn’t want to hear it yet, but it’s time. Time to take unnecessary standardized tests to measure college readiness (AKA determine if you get into a good college or not). It’s stressful and it really isn’t fun, because it seems like everything is banking on if you land in the 30s. I’m currently procrastinating my own prep work right now, but that’s besides the point. Here are some tips so you can ACT right!
Register For The Test
I would think this is a given, but make sure you sign up for the ACT. Go to act.org, and follow all the steps so you can successfully register to take the test. Pick a location that is convenient for you, and remember to pick a date that gives you enough time to prepare.
Know The Test
The ACT has a very specific breakdown that you need to know in order to get ready for it. There are four sections: English, math, science and reading. You have a limited amount of time to complete all the questions in each section. Look it up to see more details like the content, and question types. Also, make sure you decide if you are going to do the writing portion of the test. Just know that it costs more, and it isn’t required for some colleges.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Here’s the fun part! Spending hours of your time studying and taking practice tests makes for such a great time! Okay, seriously this is the most boring part that nobody really want to do, but it’s the key to a good score. My No.1 tip is to focus on the bad things when you are practicing. I know that seems harsh, but there’s no need to keep worrying about the things you are good at. Look at the type of questions you keep getting wrong and work on that.
I Ain’t Got Time
Time yourself when you are taking practice exams, or you are going to be in for a rude awakening on the test day. Pace is a major key for the ACT, and you probably won’t finish but you still need to answer the majority of the questions. If you don’t follow this tip you will probably be crying that you didn’t have enough time, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
TIPS FOR TEST DAY
Don’t Sleep, Get Some Sleep
This test takes some time, and you don’t want to be that person that doesn’t do too good because they were up all night binging a Netflix show. Turn your phone off, and get a good eight hours of sleep the night before your test date.
Bring Some Snacks
There are breaks given in between sections of the test. Take this time to give your mind a break, hydrate, and eat a little something. Bring foods like grapes, oranges, or granola bars. They are quick and they give you energy. Skip the hot Cheetos, one day without them won’t hurt.
Go Easy, Not Hard
In the test, the easy questions are before all the hard ones. Answer the easier questions first, because there are usually more and you don’t want to spend precious time struggling on a hard question. They are all weighted the same! Don’t tweak, and think answering a hard question is going to get you more points.
Hopefully you can use some of these tips to get the score you want on the ACT. Just trust yourself, and don’t stress out too much. You got this! Now let me get back to the ACT prep homework.
Kyla Hubbard, Junior, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School