Prep for ACT
Why is ACT Test Prep required?
If you are planning to take the ACT test, then you are one of the thousands of high school students who apply for admissions to their desired college programs in order to realize their career aspirations. There are limited seats available for each program of study offered by colleges. So it is obvious that the college admission committees need an appropriate tool to separate the suitable applicants from the ones who do not meet their requirements. The score report is the most effective tool used by almost all colleges across the US for this purpose. The scores help the college admission committees in comparing the intellect, academic skills and subject knowledge of all the applicants irrespective of the high schools from where they've carried out their studies.
Hence, there is a lot of competition among high school students to score high in the ACT and get admissions to reputed colleges. You have to put in sustained hard work to get an edge over the others and qualify for admission to a college program of your choice. This is possible only with the help of a dedicated and well planned preparation. You should always remember that there are a number of students competing against you for the same seat in the college program of your choice and they are working hard to do better than you. This reason is enough for you to pull up your socks and get ready for rigorous preparation if you want to earn a score report which is better than that of your competitors.
Most high school students are under the impression that they do not need detailed preparation for the test since the content tested by the ACT is of the high school level and they are still in touch with their high school studies. However, contrary to this popular belief, you do require extensive preparation to do well in this test.
When should I start ACT Preparation?
The common trend among high school students is that they take the ACT when they are still in their junior year. Taking the test before your junior year may not be feasible because the content tested is of the high school level. So, you may have to review a lot of content which has not yet been covered in your high school curriculum.
Taking the ACT in junior year is ideal because it gives you time to take a retest, if you want, when you are in senior year. Also, by the time you are in the junior year at a high school, you would have already been taught a major portion of the content tested. Therefore, you should plan on selecting a test date which falls in the spring of your junior year. The time which is perfect for you to commence your preparation is about two months before the test date.
What are the ACT Prep materials?
Before actually starting off with your preparation, you should collect the required materials. The materials will consist of books for preparation and practice tests. You should ensure that the book that you pick up has adequate information about the format of the test including the types of questions asked in the test. Preferably the book should contain sufficient explanations for the answers to its practice test questions. It is highly recommended that you select The Real ACT Prep Guide as one of your preparation materials. This book contains authentic information about the test format as it has been prepared by the same company that administers the ACT. This book also contains questions from previous tests. This guide is readily available in most bookstores and you can even place an order for it on www.actstudent.org which is the ACTs web site. You can log on to this web site for detailed information on test preparation and online courses for the ACT test.
You will find a number of guides in local bookstores as well as on www.amazon.com. It is advisable to check out the utility of an ACT book before buying it for your preparation. You can take the advice of students who have already taken the ACT. They will be able to guide you in selecting the most appropriate book. It is preferable to select a book that has adequate practice tests. You have to take as many practice tests as possible in order to be well prepared for the test. You can pick up practice tests from web sites like www.actstudent.org and www.kaptest.com.
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