ACT Test-Taking Strategies
Many colleges use the ACT to help determine which applicants to accept. From preparation strategies to the secrets of time management on test day, here are some helpful tips and tricks for excelling on this crucial exam.
Many colleges use the ACT to help determine which applicants to accept. Here are some helpful tips and tricks for excelling on this crucial exam.
Start preparing long in advance
Relax the day before the test, and get good, restful sleep.
Learn the structure of the ACT
Use practice tests to get used to how the test works.
Use your test booklet
Write down thoughts in the booklet and keep your answer sheet clean.
Avoid changing your answer
Your instinct is often right. Change answers only if you're sure they're wrong.
Start with the easy questions
Skip the hard ones and go back later if you have enough time.
Don't be afraid to guess
Just use the process of elimination to remove clearly wrong answers.
Know how to manage your time
Don't spend too much time on any one question.
The facility may not have an accurate clock, so bring your own stopwatch if permitted.
Read questions in their entirety
Don't assume you know what a question is asking.
Don't forget your test strategies
Don't let nerves get the best of you; stick to your strategies.