Tips for the ACT

By Erin Lewantowicz

As the Class of 2022 becomes upperclasswomen, they step into a greater leadership role and begin their last two years at Assumption High School. In the next two years, the juniors will begin planning for college, which can be a stressful time. The ACT is a standardized test many high school students take to prepare for the college admissions process. One of the best ways to prepare for the ACT is to strategize for the test. Here are the top 10 tips for taking the ACT!

 

  • Get a good night’s sleep the day before. The test usually starts at 8:00 AM, so it is important to be well-rested when you take the exam.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast. Just like getting a lot of sleep, eating a good breakfast is essential to a good test. You don’t want your stomach to growl in the middle of the test!
  • Use the process of elimination. You are allowed to write in the test booklet, so cross out answers that you know are wrong. If you can even cross out all but 2, then you have a 50/50 chance of getting it right.
  • Answer every question. You are not penalized for points you get wrong, so answer every question. If you are running out of time, then select a letter of the day (for example, B/G). Fill in the rest of your uncompleted answers with that letter.
  • Stay calm. Do not freak out. This is only a test, and you will have multiple opportunities to take it. You want to be able to relax and not be stressed when you take this.
  • If you have time after finishing the test, look over as many answers as you can, especially if you struggled on the question. Double check your work and make sure you pick the best answer.
  • On the English test, choose the most concise answer. Try to find the answer choice that is most clearly written and is grammatically correct. The best writing is clear and concise!
  • On the math test, plug in the answer choices. If you are struggling on a problem, plug in the answer choices to see which one works. Only do this as a last resort because it can be time consuming.
  • On the reading test, annotate the passages as you read. This will help you remember the different parts of the passage when you answer the questions. Annotate vocabulary words, dialogue, and anything else that seems important.
  • On the science test, focus on the visuals. A majority of the science passages will have different visuals, like graphs and tables. Most of the answers to the questions will be found in these visuals.

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