5 Tips to Improve Your ACT Score

As a test prep coach, students frequently ask me how they can improve their ACT score. Since I have been providing test prep for high school students for more than 25 years, I have a few tips that will help students succeed on this important test.

FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE ACT
The ACT consists of four sections: English, math, reading, and science reasoning. Each section requires its own individual approach. Take time to understand the format of each section and the best way to tackle it. Read and make sure you understand the directions so you do not need to waste time on them when you take the actual ACT. The more comfortable you are with the test, the easier it will be to improve your score on the ACT.

USE GUESSING TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
There is no penalty foe guessing on the ACT so I suggest you waste no time on questions if you don’t have a clue what the question is asking. See if you can eliminate some answers and then make a guess between what is left. You can always circle the number of the question and come back to it later if you have a minute or two at the end of the section.

MAKE THE BEST USE OF YOUR TIME
Most students find the time constraints on the ACT a problem. You need to decide what questions can be answered more quickly and which you should leave until later. The science section seems to be the most difficult to finish on time. I suggest students skip one passage on the science test and try to be more accurate on their answers on the other six passages. When practicing on the ACT, it is important to time yourself on each test and figure out how to pace yourself.

WORK ON BOTH YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
Most colleges are interested in the ACT composite score. Your goal is to do what you can to improve that score. If you are strong in English, try to become even stronger. If math is your weakness, don’t try and learn new math at this time. Make sure you do the math questions you know how to do and don’t make stupid mistakes.

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
There is no substitute for practice if you want to improve your score on the ACT. Practice on real tests and go over every question you miss. Make sure you understand the reasoning behind the correct answer. Check any questions you miss and return to the passage to find the supporting information for the right answer.

Is your high school senior ready for the September 12th ACT? Remember, ACT scores can be a determining factor for college admissions and scholarships. If you need a class or some individual tutoring, College Direction has two six-week courses beginning Wednesday, August 5th. Call 303-692-1918 or visit http://www.collegedirection.org for the registration and schedule.

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