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4 Strategies to Use Official ACT Tests Effectively

Because each practice test takes 4 hours, it’s important that you get the most out of each test. Here are important tips to keep in mind when you’re taking the tests:

1) Take the test all at once if possible. The ACT is a marathon, forcing you to sit and concentrate for 4 hours on an early Saturday morning. You need to build up endurance so you don’t make careless mistakes at the end of the test. By taking the practice test in one sitting, you build up important endurance for the real test. If you don’t have time in your schedule for a 4-hour session, then splitting it up over multiple days is OK. Just make sure you follow the next rule.

2) Keep strict timing on each section with a clock. It is ESSENTIAL that you get used to the timing pressures on the ACT. Each section essentially asks you to answer 1 or more questions in 1 minute, and most students end up with less time than they need, especially on the math section. Don’t give yourself even 2 extra minutes – this can allow you to do 3 more questions and improve your score substantially. We want to use these practice tests as reliable indicators of your real score.

3) Review your answers. At the end of every test, make sure you review every mistake you made, and every question you got correct. If you bypass this step, you’re not going to learn from your mistakes, and you’ll continue making them over and over again. A rule of thumb is to spend at least 2 hours reviewing every full practice test. This takes a lot of time, but emphasize quality of learning over quantity of learning. I’d rather see you take 3 tests with detailed review than 6 tests with no review.

4) Supplement your practice tests with a prep program if you don’t see improvementWhile some students can learn from their mistakes, others need guidance to point out where their weaknesses are and need assignments to improve on their weak points. A good prep program will supercharge your prep time so that you’re always focusing on the best material at any time.

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