For many students, taking the ACT is a key step in the college admissions process. The ACT covers Math, Science, Reading, and English. That’s a lot of subjects to study for at one time! Luckily, there are lots of great resources, both online and IRL, that can help you get ready to crush it on test day.
The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review is one of the most trusted publishers in the test prep market, and they actually offer a free ACT practice test. You can sign up to attend a free practice test session or take a test online. Pick the test that fits into your schedule.
The ACT has many resources available on their website, including a test prep guide for sale that contains real questions from past versions of the ACT. Granted, you won’t see those questions on your test, but at least they will give you a good sense of what kinds of questions the test writers come up with. The ACT website also has a daily practice question, so if you like the slow and steady approach to studying, bookmark that page!
You might know McGraw-Hill as a textbook publisher, but they also have great test-prep resources. You can take a free ACT practice test on their website or watch videos of ACT coaches explaining how to approach different kinds of questions.
Tips for Test Day
When the time comes for you to take your ACT’s, keep these tips from the ACT website in mind, as they will help you to do your best on the test:
- Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.
- Read the directions for each test carefully.
- Read each question carefully.
- Pace yourself—don’t spend too much time on a single passage or question.
- Pay attention to the announcement of five minutes remaining on each test.
- Use a soft lead No. 2 pencil with a good eraser. Do not use a mechanical pencil or ink pen; if you do, your answer document cannot be scored accurately.
- Answer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones if you have time remaining on that test.
- On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.
- Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.
- If you complete a test before time is called, recheck your work on that test.
- Mark your answers properly. Erase any mark completely and cleanly without smudging.
- Do not mark or alter any ovals on a test or continue writing the essay after time has been called. If you do, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored.
If you’re feeling lost or like you just need a little extra help getting ready for your test, you might want to think about signing up for private tutoring sessions. The right tutor can help you assess your strengths and weaknesses, and help you master material that you struggle with. TakeLessons tutors are available locally and online. Search for your perfect tutor today!
–Megan L. TakeLessons Staff Member and Blogger
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