I just realized that I haven't posted to the blog in quite some time now. I thought I'd take a few minutes to write up something on the ACT. I've noticed a lot of parents posting or asking for help with their children who need to take or retake the ACT soon. This post isn't my way of convincing you to hire me (although I hope you do consider it). This is more about helpful tips on preparing for the ACT.
The biggest tool that I can suggest is the free practice tests that are found abundantly online. I won't link to one here, but several are out there after just a basic Google search. The ACT website offers testing modules on all subjects, and they're all free practice tests with answers provided. It takes a little time to sit down and work through them, but they're the best tool out there in my opinion. If you or your child can't figure out a problem, you can print off the questions and show them to someone that you ask for help. A current student of mine has printed off questions from the ACT modules and it has been a big help when trying to solve some of the problems presented.
Other than the online module, the ACT Prep books are very helpful as well. They come with answers also, which is a huge help. The ACT Prep books tend to have several full ACT tests inside, all subjects (I think the most recent one I saw had the equivalent of 7 full tests in it).
Don't lose sight on the fact that this is a timed test. Many people struggle not because they don't know the material, but because they don't accomplish everything in the allotted time frame. This is mostly a problem in the math and science portions. The best way to improve here is practice, honestly. Not just practicing the material, but also practicing quickness in test taking. Speed and efficiency are a big help. Often times it saves time to write short hand or to scribble quickly, but not so quick that you can't read what you wrote. Remember, the scratch paper doesn't get turned in, so don't worry about writing everything out or making it neat!
If anyone is interested, I'd love to help improve your ACT scores. I scored a 30 on it when I took it a few years ago, and I'm still in school so the material hasn't escaped me just yet. I can help with material knowledge and speed/efficiency. At the very least, I can help improve your confidence and help you improve your scores!
Thanks for reading, and I hope this helps! Good luck everyone on your ACTs!
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