ACT Test Preparation Advice and Tips

ACT Test Preparation Advice and Tips
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    For years, the ACT trailed the SAT in the number of annual test takers.

    Beginning in 2011, more students sat for the ACT than they did for the SAT, underscoring the ACT’s growing influence.


Like the SAT, the ACT has been giving high school students fits as they prepare to take the exam. Each test requires extensive preparation — here is what you must do to prepare for the ACT.

Block out study time. Well before your exam date you should begin to set aside time to study for the ACT. Four to six weeks of study time in advance of the test should be sufficient. Unlike your high school exams, the ACT takes weeks to absorb. Do not plan to cram for this test because you simply cannot.

Purchase review books. There are a number of books available to help you prepare for the ACT. You can buy these books at most bookstores or order them online, such as on Amazon. From the ACT people themselves is “The Real ACT Prep Guide.” It offers actual practical tests from the people that bring you the ACT. Beyond that look for other books that help you understand and practice what you need to know.

Register online with ACT. You can also prepare for the test by registering online. On the ACT’s website you can learn what types of questions the ACT asks and the terminologies used. This can be a great way to prepare yourself to understand the voice of the questions that will be asked on the actual ACT that you will be taking.

Get with other students. Chances are you have a number of high school classmates that will also be studying for the ACT. Put the word out that you would like to have a few joint study sessions to encourage each other as you study for the test. You might pick an hour over the weekend where you gather at a house or at the library to compare notes and share advice. By studying with others you can find mutual support and receive encouragement to maintain your study regimen.

Eat, sleep and exercise. One thing that can happen as you prepare for the ACT or any big even in your life is to go off balance. Meaning, you may not eat as well as you should. You might also find yourself sleep deprived and lacking bodily stimulation. In the days leading up to the ACT, make sure that your stress level is under control. You will also want to get to bed early the night before the test and wake up the next morning to eat a healthy breakfast.

ACT Considerations

When you take your ACT, pace yourself. If you do not know the answer to a question, then move on. You can always come back to it, time permitting. When the test is over, reward yourself. It will be weeks before you get the results and you will have other matters in life to tend to in the intervening time.

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