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ACT TEST PREP STRATEGIES
Don’t “christmas tree” it. When you start to run out of time and have a bunch left, pick one letter for the whole test, let’s say choice B, fill in only choice B on the ones you couldn’t get to or didn’t know right. That way, theoretically at least, you’ll get 1 out of every 4 right (or in Math 1 out of every 5). If you “christmas tree” there is a higher possibility that you will miss every single one. So stick to the same choice and you’ll do better. And DON’T leave any blank, then your score can’t go up at all.
Grammar section: skim the passage first and fix the underlined portions the way you think fits best. Then, after doing this for the whole passage, look at the answer choices and what you did will probably be in there (or some variation of it) this process helps to take out the guess work and speeds things up some. DON’T do this for the reading section. Then read the question and answer choices then go back in the passage and look for key words. Reading the whole passage here is futile and unnecessary.
Math: DO THE FIRST 30. Those are the easiest. Then, go thru the other 30 and find ones you know how to do. After that, make sure you go back and answer the harder ones you didn’t answer before.
Reading: as long as you can read fast and comprehend, you’ll do fine. What I like to do is do the 1st story, then 3rd story, then go back and do the 2nd story then 4th story. Or do the shortest stories first.
Memorize the directions. During the test, you won’t get extra time to read the directions, so if you take five minutes to figure out what to do, that’s five fewer minutes you’ll have to get points.
Bring two erasers – one for the heavy-duty erasing you may need to do and another clean eraser to fix up your ovals completely. You don’t want erasure marks mucking up your answers and causing you to lose points.
Bring a watch– OLD FASHIONED? , yes, with your cell phone and all, but since you won’t be able to have your cell phone on you, bring a watch. There’s no guarantee you’ll be testing in a room with a working clock.
Don’t change answers: Statistics prove that your first guess is usually the best one. If you marked B for question 18, there was probably a good reason for it, so don’t go back and change it, unless you’ve found information in a later part of the test to disprove your original theory.
Essays: BE SURE to take FIVE out of the THIRTY minutes and plan before you write. It isn’t a waste of time; the scorers are looking for well-organized essays. The best way to get one is to plan ahead with either an outline or graphic organizer, like Thinking Maps !