This is it! The week of the ACT exam has arrived if you've registered for the September 8 test. For the last few weeks, I've been giving you tips, strategies and practice questions to knock this thing out of the ballpark. Hopefully, you've taken the time to read them!
Here are a few last-minute pointers before the big day:
- Answer the Easy Questions First: If the question seems ridiculously difficult to you, don't waste several minutes trying to figure it out. Those tough questions aren't worth any more points than the easy ones. Circle it, skip it and go back if you have time.
- Choose Two Guessing Letters: If you only have one minute left, but you have a ton of questions still waiting to be answered, then choose two guessing letters (one for the ABCD questions and one for the FGHJ questions) and fill in the remaining ovals with those letters only. For instance, alternate "B" with "G" to quickly fill in the blanks. You aren't penalized for guessing, and if you choose various letters, you run the risk of missing the correct answer every time. If you choose the same letter, however, then you're guaranteed to get the correct answer at least a few times.
- Answer Questions in Your Test Booklet: Instead of going back and forth between the test booklet and the scantron, just answer all the questions right in your test booklet. Every 10 questions, go to the scantron and fill them all in. You'll be less likely to make a mistake and it saves you time!
Good luck on the ACT this weekend. I'm rooting for you!