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Tips and tricks for the ACT

November 14, 2016

 

Students across the United States face the same enemy: the ACT. Many students struggle to bring their score up with no avail; however, there are many tricks that can help achieve test success.

 

            When registering for the ACT, students have the option of purchasing either a test prep book or an online test prep program. Each option costs an additional $32.95, but there are also free practice questions on act.org.

            “To prepare for the ACT, I went to their website and went through practice problems from each section of the test so that I knew what kinds of questions to expect,” senior Emily Jones who scored in the 99 percentile said.

 

            Another strategy to do well on the ACT is to learn higher level vocabulary. Vocabulary is taught in English classes of all levels, and the school also offers Etymology, a course in which students learn the most frequently-cited higher level words on the ACT.

 

            “Try to broaden your vocabulary as much as you can, because they use higher level diction on that test and being able to understand it is crucial to scoring well,” Jones said.

 

            If a student wants to retake the ACT to improve their score, they should consider viewing their score online to determine which sections are their weakest. From there, they can focus on the sections in which they can improve the most.

 

            “Students can look at the item analysis of what they missed and study to get a few points better in those subjects,” Etymology teacher Brian Baertsche said.

 

            Besides studying, the only thing a student can really do is come rested and prepared for the test.

 

            “I went to bed early the night before, got up early and ate breakfast before arriving at the testing location. Make sure to bring a snack and water, and go to the bathroom when you get a chance, even if you don’t think you need any of those things,” Jones said.

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