Every student out there wonders how they can best prepare themselves to pass the ACT(American College Testing) with flying colours.  Thorough preparation and a calm, confident demeanor are key attributes students will need if they want to ace the test.

Students aiming on acing the ACT (American College Testing) in the first attempt must follow these strategies:

Review the basic format: The test sections vary in the amount of time you have to complete them. You have 45 minutes to complete the English section, but 60 minutes to complete the Math section and 35 minutes for both the Reading and Science sections. You can also take an optional writing test, in which you will be required to write an essay. The writing test consists of one prompt, which you will have 30 minutes to write about. This section has no effect on your overall score.

Creating a study planAn actual study plan will help in staying more committed to the practice.
There is a direct relationship between how you practice and how well you do on the test, so if you want to ace the ACT, you need to study consistently for 3-4 months.

Select a target score: Know how high your score needs to be in order to get accepted to your first-choice school. You can find this out by calling or emailing their admissions office. For example, many Ivy League universities don’t admit students who score lower than a 34. The whole purpose behind the ACT is to determine how ready you are for college, so any goal you create should be for the purpose of getting you into the college of your choice.

Take several practice tests: Take your practice tests at roughly the same time of day you can expect to take the actual ACT at. Since the test is usually held fairly early, taking practice tests in the morning will help your brain develop the early morning thinking habits it needs.

Brushing up on punctuation and noun-pronoun agreement rules: Vocabulary flashcards may do some good, but you’d be better off studying the rules of English grammar than enlarging your vocabulary. Make sure that you have a thorough understanding of how to use commas, colons, semi-colons, and dashes.

Memorize math formulas: When you’re taking practice tests, if you find that you’re unfamiliar with a certain formula or equation (e.g., calculating the sine and cosine or using the quadratic equation), make sure to learn how to use those formulas. Use flashcards to help you memorize formulas and brush up on your math knowledge in preparation for the test.

Familiarizing with general scientific knowledge: When practicing for this section, try answering data representation sections first before answering more complex questions in the practice test. The science section will require you to have some general science knowledge, but will mostly test your science reading comprehension.

Stimulating mind and body the night before the test: Physical activity gets the blood pumping, which can improve blood flow to the brain and make it easier to stay alert and focused during the text. Then, make sure that you get a good night’s sleep as it is very important to wake up refreshed and recharged.

Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the test: The breakfast you eat should be healthy but fairly normal in size. Do not eat a large meal if you are not used to it, since eating a lot of food can cause you to slow down and become tired.

Staying calm during the test to maximize the score: Panic will only hurt you in the end, and if you think you will fail, you risk setting your sights on failure instead of success. Go to the testing center with as much confidence as possible. If you find yourself getting nervous or stressed during the test, stand up, take a sip of water, and do a couple stretches to clear your head.

Work the easiest questions firstIf one question has you stumped or confused, make a mental note to come back to it later and move onto the next question. It’s much better to answer 10 questions correctly than to spend 15 minutes puzzling through 1 impossibly difficult question!

Also Read: ACT: Tricks and Tips to reach the target score. 

Answer every question: It’s best to make an educated guess, if possible, rather than randomly penciling in answers to questions you didn’t finish.

Leave 5 minutes at the end to check your work: During the final 5 minutes of each section of the ACT, review the questions that you marked. Reread the question, check your work, and correct any answers that you may have answered incorrectly the first time around.

We hope these strategies will get you an amazing score in one go. In case you need any professional help in planning the same, get your free counselling session done.

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