Thursday, January 5, 2012

How To Score High on the ACT Test

The secret to scoring high on the ACT test is NOT studying more and more. As a matter of fact, sometimes studying too much can actually hurt your score. The way to score high on the ACT test is to understand the test and have a strategy to beat it.

The first thing to know about the ACT is that it is a timed test. Sure, everyone knows that "time management" is important, but that 'knowledge' seldom changes the way students study.

Instead of focusing on the fact that time management is a key to scoring high on the ACT test, most students just resolve to "study everything they possibly can" so that they will know the answers and then hurry through the test. This is a recipe for disaster.

Instead of doing the same old thing and approaching the ACT test like everyone else, why not study SMART instead of just working harder?

Studying smart means that you learn the test taking skills necessary to quickly and accurately answer the questions so that you have plenty of time to get through each part of the test and you aren't stressed out for the next part.

Did you know that for the Math test, you shouldn't always try to solve the equation? Many times you can get to the right answer more quickly by combining estimating with guessing / ruling out. This is a specific test taking skill that takes less time and less mental energy, so that you are fresh when you finish the test instead of burned out.

So yes, the key to score high on the ACT is not just studying more subject matter. The key is to learn the test taking skills and strategies that will make you a great test taker, even after the ACT is just a memory.

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