Throughout four years of high school in Saint Ursula, students are required to start taking the ACT junior year. You can take it as many times as a you want, but it would be best to find a way to get the score needed to get into the college of your dreams. Ms. Wilker, SUA’s test coordinator, and Elizabeth Volk ‘21, who got a perfect ACT score, both suggested tips that could help students get their best scores. Here are 10 tips that could potentially help when it comes down preparing or even taking the ACT.
Don’t cram! Schedule your time wisely when studying and make sure you get a good night’s sleep before your ACT.
Familiarize yourself with the test. Try to learn and review each section, so you’ll know what kind of questions will be asked to you.
Answer all the easy questions first. It will save you more time if you skip the questions you don’t know, then go back on them when you’re done with the easy questions.
Write in your book! It’s easier to cross out wrong answers, use it to do scratch work, work out the problems, and jot down the key information you'll need to answer certain questions.
Answer all the questions, and if you truly don’t know the answer, make an educated guess! Try to eliminate as many incorrect answer choices as you can and then select the answer that makes the most sense. And plus, you don’t get deducted for getting the answer wrong, so it’s better to have an answer than none at all.
Budget your time. It’s best to limit yourself to 1 to 2 minutes for the harder questions and no more than 10 to 20 seconds on the easier questions.
Don't change your answers, unless you're sure you have made a mistake! More than often, your first answer would usually be the right one.
Practice, practice, practice! The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel on the test day!
Get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast before the test! As cliche as it sounds, it will help you focus in the long run.
Only focus on the current section you are on when taking it. Don’t worry about any of the future sections or the past ones, because it might distract you too much.
So for juniors and seniors taking the ACT soon, both Ms. Wilker and Elizabeth hope that these tips will help you more, and maybe even relax you a bit. And there are always opportunities for you to get a better score if needed, and sometimes even a little of time comes a long way.