The 13 Most Essential ACT Strategies

The 13 Most Essential ACT Strategies

Be an 'active' test taker; don't passively work through the exam. What does this mean? Write stuff down in your test booklet! Active test takers are more focused. The stronger the focus, the higher the score. Underline line references, but ALWAYS begin reading at the beginning of the paragraph so you have context. On the initial read through, go through the options, cross out only the 'stupid'. Any option you pause to consider, even if it's only for a nanosecond, is not 'stupid'. Not only should you bubble in your answer on the scantron, but also circle it in your test booklet. If you inadvertently skip a question and don't realize until after you've answered several questions, then it's easy to remedy. REMINDER: Double check to make sure you bubble in what you have circled in your test booklet. On the Reading, always PREVIEW: Underline what's important in the header, then read the first sentence of each paragraph as...
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What Your Teen Needs to Know About the New ACT Essay Format & Tips to be Prepared!

BONUS GIFT, SEE BELOW! What's the new format like? The ACT changed the essay format this fall, beginning with the September 12 exam.  The old 30 minute essay format was purely a persuasive essay typically about a 'teenager relevant' topic such as should schools adopt a school uniform policy or whether the drinking age be lowered. The new 40 minute essay format demands persuasion and analysis.  Students are provided with 3 perspectives on a topic and asked to "evaluate and analyze" the perspectives, "state and develop" your own perspective, and to then "explain the relationship" between the 3 perspectives and their own.  (The topics of the essay tend to be more sophisticated than those of the previous format.) What's the best way to prepare for the essay?  The initial step in preparing is to examine the sample essays posted by ACT. There's a prompt on the site that provides 6 sample essays from the lowest scoring to the highest. Reading these will give you a good...
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