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ACT Test Prep - Tips


Take Realistic Practice Tests

One effective way to improve your ACT score would be to practice as many ACT type questions as possible. As the exam approaches try to take at least a few mock ACT exams, and to try to simulate the actual testing environment as closely as possible (meaning no breaks, snacks, music, phone calls, etc.).

You should secure a copy of The Real ACT (CD) 3rd Edition (Real Act Prep Guide) , as it contains actual test questions from prior exams. The practice material and tests will most closely simulate the types of questions you will see when you sit for the exam.

Tips: Before The Test

* Take as many practice tests as possible either from the The Real ACT (CD) 3rd Edition (Real Act Prep Guide) or from one of the other ACT study guides.

* Become familiar with the answer sheet and how to enter the information required.

* Make sure you know how to get to the test center and any special instructions for finding the entrance on Saturday or Sunday.

* Leave extra time in case of delays while you are travelling to the test center.

* Make sure you have everything you need for the test ready the night before. Use the following checklist.

  • Your Admission ticket
  • Appropriate Photo ID
  • Several #2 pencils and erasers
  • Approved calculator with fresh batteries
  • A watch

* Get a good night's sleep before the test.

Tips: During The Test

* Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.

* Read the directions for each section carefully.

* Read each question carefully.

* Pace yourself—don't spend too much time on a single passage or question.

* Use a soft lead No. 2 pencil with a good eraser; do not use a mechanical pencil, ink pen or correction fluid.

* Only the math section asks for the “correct” answer. The rest of the sections ask for the “best” answer. Therefore, you need to read all the answers before selecting one. Do not select the first correct answer you see.

* Answer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones.

* On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.

* Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.

* Review your work. If you finish a test before time is up, go back and check your work. Make sure you only change answers from the current section. You are not allowed to mark or change answers from other sections.

* Mark your answers neatly. If you erase, erase completely and cleanly without smudging.

* Do not mark or alter any ovals on a test or continue writing on the Writing Test after time has been called or you will be disqualified from the exam.

Rotate to landscape screen format on a mobile phone or small tablet to use the Mathway widget, a free math problem solver that answers your questions with step-by-step explanations.

You can use the free Mathway calculator and problem solver below to practice Algebra or other math topics. Try the given examples, or type in your own problem and check your answer with the step-by-step explanations.

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