ACT is a long exam, but is also fast-paced which adds to the challenge. The ACT with Writing is almost 4 hours long. ACT tips that can help you kick your score up a notch on test day.


  • It is better to answer accurate questions and get all of them right.
  • Accuracy is better than speed.

Answer every question

  • Take advantage of this fact by answering every question.
  • This does not mean work through every single question.

Take a timed practice exam and analyse that practice exam thoroughly

  • You should never take a real exam as a practice test.
  • Thorough review is the best way to improve your ACT score in the future.
  • Take the time to review the exam thoroughly before attempting another practice test.

Treat your practice exam like it’s the real deal

  • Think of an ACT practice test like a dress rehearsal.
  • When done well, taking a practice ACT helps students settle in and calm their jitters on a real test day.

Complete the “optional” Writing section

  • It’s optional for colleges to require the Writing test.
  • If a college requires it, students don’t have a choice. At those colleges, students must submit an ACT score that includes Writing.

Analyse your practice test

  • Many ACT prep tools are available to analyse your score.
  • I always advise that students grade their own exams.

To score high students can use Socrato to practice online and get insights beyond scores. Socrato’s Companion Series helps you get the most from your Official Study Guide.

 Good Luck!