How to Pass the ACT Exam
Tips for Scoring High in ACT
Though you can take the ACT no fewer than 12 times, that would, of course, both extremely time-consuming and costly, and what could be better than scoring high at the first go itself?
Preparing for Your Preparation!
The first of the tips for scoring high in ACT is to prepare thoroughly. However, funny as it may sound, to do that you need to prepare for your preparation as well!
What does that mean?
It means, before you go about your preparation, you have to take steps to plan your preparation well; and to plan your preparation well, you have to find out all you can about the ACT exam and how you yourself relate to it.
It is like laying the foundation of a building. If the foundation is weak, the building itself can never be strong, no matter how much money you spend on it.
Find out when the ACT tests are going to be held, where they are going to be held, how far the nearest test center is, what the different modes of registration are, and what the different sections of the ACT entail.
There are four sections in the ACT: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning.Look up sample papers in the official ACT website, note the time allotted for each section, and see how comfortable you are with the various sections. Maybe you are strong in Math and Science Reasoning, and weak in English and Reading. You get a rough idea, then, on where to lay the emphasis in your preparation. You also get an idea about when you think you can successfully take the test. Can you do it with one month's preparation, or will you need two or three?
Once you have made up your mind about when you want to take the test, you can go ahead with the actual preparation. There aren't many general rules for preparation. In that sense, you will have to devise some of your own tips for scoring high in ACT. Perhaps you have been spending too much time in going through the passages in the Reading section because, by habit, you are a slow, in-depth reader. You realize that, at least for the ACT, you must break this habit. So, one of your own tips for scoring high in ACT might be to learn how to skim passages.
However, there are some general tips for scoring high in ACT that everyone could follow:
- Practice with as many sample tests as you can, both from the official ACT website and from elsewhere.
- When you take a sample test, try to replicate the actual conditions of the ACT as far as possible. Stick to the time restrictions and the allotted breaks.
- Complete the simple questions first before taking on the more complicated ones.
- Since there is no negative scoring in the ACT, try not to leave any question unanswered. Try to make calculated guesses when you don't know an answer.
- When you guess at an answer, first eliminate the unlikely answers. This will increase the possibility of your guessing right.
- Answers that are too easy or obvious are probably wrong. Make it a point to consider the other options.
- Don't study the evening or the night before the test. Relax. Have a good night's rest. You need to have a fresh mind to ensure you don't have mental blocks or black-outs during the test.
- Remember the little, practical details that you might overlook because your focus is on the test itself. Have all your necessary documents, like your admission ticket and your ID card, ready well on time, and make sure you carry both liquid and solid refreshments that you can take during the test breaks.
Many of these tips for scoring high in ACT need to be practiced till they become second nature to you. But once they do, you can be confident that you will come out of the ACT challenge a winner.
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