Taking the ACT can be a daunting task. I remember the unnerving pressure, early morning drowsiness, and herculean mental stamina the ACT brings. Even the best test taker can feel intimidated under those circumstances, and if you are like me and already hate standardized tests, doing well on the ACT can seem impossible. However, I have good news. With practice and a few practical tips, you can conquer the ACT. Here are a couple of suggestions to help you achieve your ACT goal.
Study Using ACT Practice Tests
You know the old adage, "Practice makes perfect?" Well the reason you've heard that a million times is because its true, and it's especially true when it comes to the ACT. The ACT has a certain format and structure. The more you familiarize yourself with the test, the better you will do. Take as many practice tests as you can. Also, spend some time exploring the ACT website. You'll find practice questions, helpful hints, and a description of the test. Also, MC offers ACT Prep classes.
Take It At Least Three Times
Once again, this is a matter of practice. While the importance of practice tests in improving your score can't be stressed enough, taking the actual test brings new challenges. Learning how to use adrenaline and stress in a productive way is something that has to be learned as well. Therefore, plan to take it at least three times.
Learn Section Specific Tips
Obviously, the four sections of the ACT test different things and knowing what the makers of the test are looking for can help you arrive at the right answer and save you a lot of time. For example, high school students tend to "pad" their writing, using more words than necessary, and the makers of the ACT know this. However on the English section, when correcting sentences or choosing the best sentence, the shortest answer is often the correct answer. Verbosity is a big error a lot high schoolers do not recognize. Another tip: On the science section, there is a high percentage that you will only need the charts/graphs to answer the question.
Get a Good Night's Sleep, and Eat a Hearty Breakfast
There are few things more mentally distracting than being sleepy and hungry. The night before the ACT is not the time to stay up until midnight. Go to bed early, get up early in order to give yourself time to eat a filling breakfast, read something enjoyable, and arrive at the test center with time to spare.
Ask Your Counselor If You Qualify To Take the Residual ACT at MC
If you are set on attending MC then you may be able to take the ACT on our campus. MC's testing environment is more relaxed and less crowded than a traditional test center.
Take the SAT
The SAT is the other commonly accepted college admissions exam. Students who excel in English and writing usually do better on the SAT. If the science and math section of the ACT are pulling you down then the SAT may be the best option for you.
Fear, stress, and worry are not from the Lord. Praying is one of the most effective ways to create a healthy mindset. Don't focus on your own ability to do well on the test, but instead, focus on bringing glory to God through doing your best.