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4 Essential Tips For Optimizing Your ACT Test Prep Online And Other Study Plans

Updated on July 7, 2018
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Winnie is an expert test taker and advisor at GED Study Guide in Test Prep Toolkit.

Do These Essential Tasks Prior To Starting Your ACT Test Prep: Optimize Your Study Plan

What works for some of your schoolmates may not be effective for you when it comes to preparing for the ACT test. In-person classes may suit the others, while hiring a tutor may seem apt for a few. What about ACT test prep online programs? These depend on one’s needs and preferences as well.

What Are The Guiding Principles Of Preparing For The ACT?

One of the guiding principles of an effectual ACT test prep program is to individualize and customize. Just as no two learners are exactly alike, no study plans are precisely the same. What matters pertaining to your ACT test prep is that it should cater to your individual needs. After all, it’s you who knows yourself better, whether longer and sustained studying of 2 to 4 hours a day is your predilection, or if you are inclined to study in 20-minute increments. You should stick to what will work best for you.

Whether you are adhering to an ACT test prep online or are attending group study or classes, it is important to start early. Make it 6 months at the most, and 3 months at the least. And even if you only have less than a month, it makes sense to do something, even if it means prepping for 15 minutes a day. It definitely is better than doing nothing. Here are some practical ACT test prep tips to guide you.

4 Essential ACT Test Prep Tips To Consider Before Starting Your Program

  • Read ample information about the ACT. Sort out whatever initial queries you have about the ACT test. Do you want to verify about its scoring? Maybe you want to be clear about the format of the test. It is smart to clarify all of the doubts and questions about the ACT exam prior to starting with your test prep. It’ll make you feel comfortable, relaxed and confident along the way.
  • Gauge your skills by taking an ACT practice test. Give it your best shot as you do your first ACT practice test. You’ll want to obtain a realistic score that represents your current skills and capabilities. Be sure that you’re taking an official ACT practice test as well. This gives you a more accurate sense and result of your undertaking. Taking a practice test should as much as possible be as realistic as the actual test conditions. Stick to the designated time limits and follow instructions carefully. Have the practice test document printed out because in actuality, the ACT is a paper and pencil test. As you go along and understand how the ACT test-taking task goes, you’ll overcome test anxiety and can precisely gauge your skill level.
  • Get the actual score of your practice test. Analyze each of the questions that you got wrong. Why did you miss them? Is it because of careless errors or are they your weak spots? Take a good look at the answer explanations that go with the practice test. Compare your answers and decipher why the correct answers are the way they are. If you are sticking on to an ACT test prep online, you can join forums or chat groups to ask for help, especially from mentors, teachers and tutors, as well as fellow test-takers. The initial practice test that you’re taking should act as a diagnosis for your current ACT test-taking know-how and capabilities.
  • Decide on a practical and doable goal. Now that you have familiarized yourself with the structure and format of the ACT test and what your skill level is, you should figure out how you can improve. Be realistic about your goals. If your score is 20, it may be too much to aim for a 30-something score. However, if your test score level is mid-20’s, it’s practicable to set yourself for a score of 30 or more. Remember to look up what the recommended ACT scores are for your target colleges or scholarships and make ways in your test prep for you to achieve those numbers.

These are the primary steps that you should consider when preparing for the ACT test. Whether you are attending group classes or hiring a tutor, you can augment your program with an ACT test prep online course and study on your own. Depending on your goals, you should adhere to a program that will maximize your test prepping effort so that you can get a high score in the ACT test.


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