ACT Overview 

The ACT is a college entrance exam that many colleges and universities in the United States use as part of the college admissions process. The ACT is a standardized test that assesses students’ skills in five core areas: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing (optional). From the date of testing, ACT scores are valid for five years.

Smart Strategy for ACT preparation

  • Decide the target score goal.
  • Take the practice test.
  • Find the difference between the Test score and the Targeted score.
  • Analyze the practice test.
  • Identify the strengths and areas of improvement subject-wise and topic-wise.
  • Prepare first high-priority subjects and topics.
  • Take practice individual subject tests to check the improvement.
  • Take the full-length test before the actual test.

Strategy to answer the questions

  • Review all the questions first in each section. 
  • Mark the easy, difficult and unknown questions. 
  • In ACTs usually, easy questions are preceded by hard questions, answer all the easy questions first. 
  • Make sure you understand the hard questions at least two or three times.
  • Manage your time while test-taking, spend a few moments on easy questions, spend the rest time on hard questions.     
  • Eliminate the incorrect answers so you can narrow down the correct answer selection. 
  • All the questions will have only one right answer.   
  • There is no penalty for wrong answers, so Do NOT SKIP the questions guess the correct answers. 
  • Finally, the bonus tip is usually your first response is correct. 

Smart Strategy for Preparation: Case Study

  1. Take a Practice Test: There are a lot of online resources to practice tests or you can go over the Real ACT study guide. Go over all the sample questions and then take the practice test. Solving lots of practice test improve your scores. Math, Science section is more scoring.
  2. Finding your strong subjects: With the helpof practice test find the strong subject, try to solve more test and find out the weak subject, topics and work hard, by solving practice test and score more.
  3. Setting the ACT targeted composite score: To figure out your ACT target score, look up the score range requirements of colleges.
    • Usually on an average score range requirements of many colleges
    are 34-36.
    • For example:
    • Assume, you are targeting for 34
    • And your Baseline ACT Composite Score = 32 as per
    the mock-up test.
    • Score difference between targeted score and mock-up
    test score.
    Difference between ACT Composite Score and Baseline
    ACT Composite Score ie. 34-32=02

To prepare for the ACT test in a month download the ACT free e-Book. Grade your ACT practice test bubble-sheet online to get a detailed Socrato diagnostic report. For test prep strategy, check out the Socrato Youtube channel.

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