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5 ACT Practice Tests and Study Guide Tips For An Effective Test Prep

Updated on June 17, 2018
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Winnie is an expert test taker and advisor at GED Study Guide in Test Prep Toolkit.

Be Fully Aware and Willing To Learn When Preparing For The ACT Test

You know what they say? The key to happiness is to do every undertaking, whether big or small, with your heart. Along with that is being smart, especially when preparing for the ACT test. So if you are test prepping for the ACT and are doing ACT practice tests, joining an online class or are studying via online ACT study guide resources, you have to be fully aware and willing to learn. Your test prep for the said test can make the difference between you getting an average composite score and achieving an excellently high composite score. Here are some tips to consider for your ACT test prep.

  • Study smart, not necessarily hard. This is one of the most important tricks that you should remember when prepping for the ACT test. The first thing that you should do when it comes to this is to know what the content of the test is. What subject matters and topics are included in the test? These areas are where you ought to focus your effort and energy on. This way, you don’t waste your time sweating on studying about topics that are not found in the test. Arrange a study schedule that is flexible at the same time. Being too rigid could stress you out. What materials do you particularly have a hard time figuring out? Focus on them. The best time to study for your test is when you are most alert, too.
  • Practice and practice because it makes perfect. Search online for a credible website that offers high quality and updated ACT practice tests. Take these tests as much as you can because doing so can help you evaluate what your strong and weak areas are. You can subsequently work on the topics that are most difficult for you and improve your skills. Refer to the explanations indicated in your score report. While taking ACT practice tests, remember to time yourself as well. You have to learn to acclimate yourself to the real test by applying the corresponding time limits for each section when taking the practice tests.
  • Make use of a credible and effective study guide. You need to focus your studying, that’s why you need this tool. What can an effectual ACT study guide do? It can help you discover your weak points and build on them. You can get hold of valuable testing tips, tricks and strategies at the same time. Do you have hitches with your problem-solving abilities? A study guide can help you resolve them and hone your skills.
  • Take time to carefully read the whole question. Thoroughly read each question before answering them. Many students got low scores in the ACT test because they were rushing to read the questions and skipped understanding them. You should learn to read each question two times before responding with your answer. Your goal is to pay attention to the important points in the questions. Be careful not to miss significant information in these items. Conversely, be wary of over-reading the questions because it may confuse you by eliminating your instinctual common sense ability to answer them.
  • Steer clear of jumping into conclusions. The ACT test can be tricky, so you have to carefully analyze complicated questions and answers. Some answer items may appear to be the right choice when in fact they are erroneous. Avoid the trap of selecting misleading answers. What you should do about this is to choose the answer based on the questions and not on your own presumptions.

These ACT tips and tricks can be useful as you apply them in your test prep program. You should allocate ample time for your ACT review and studying so that you can relax, be confident and prevent test anxiety as the big day of your test approaches.


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