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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5 Myths About the SAT and ACT

5 Myths About the SAT and ACT

There is a lot of misinformation about the SAT and ACT. The same is true about test preparation. Below I dispel some of those myths and give you clarity about what you must know before you engage your teen in any test preparation: MYTH #1: Most colleges prefer the SAT over the ACT. FACT: ALL colleges place the same value on both exams. (See chart for correlations.) Some colleges that want Subject Tests, will even accept the ACT in lieu of the SAT + 2-3 Subject Tests, i.e. Amherst. Columbia, and Duke to name a few. MYTH #2: An exceptionally high test score is your teen’s #1 ticket to admission. FACT: A low score will keep a student out. Student’s scores should correlate with grades, but remember there are 7 components to the college application package – in usual order of importance. There are also at least 7 other lesser factors that can affect acceptance. GPA Test Scores Personal Statement Extracurricular Activities Recommendations Subject, AP and IB test Class...
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