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i probably shouldnt be posting this in this forum even but i dont know where else to do it and i trust your opinions so here goes:

how much should i be studying for the act and sat on my days off?

my parents say 2-3 hours on all of my days off. if i want to get in the 33+ for the act. and 2300s for the sat.

i am mostly targeting the college students and the juniors/seniors in this forum who did well on these tests.

thank you, vivek
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at 14?

Personally I like and did the 0 study-hours solution, as I call it.

But I would say its not so much time as finding the right methods and materials to work with. From what I've heard its pretty easy to increase scores significantly. So, if your parents really care as do you, I suggest looking for a good and well known tutor that knows the test like the back of their hand.
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to tell you the truth i wouldnt spend an extreme time testing on it you will find yourself trying to learn everything and end up being able to learn nothing i would try to moderate it enough to where it feels like casual study and try to use the knowledge you had before you studied to pass the test
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eh I haven't studied at all for the SATs and I pulled of a 220 for PSAT. I guess you can sort of relate it to that. 2-3 hours is definitely pushing it. It all depends on your current state in academics. You don't want to go overboard after all. I'm not that smartest kid in the world, but as long as you can recognize patterns in the test, it's not that bad. Sorry if I'm not much help.
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I took it not too long ago. I would say to study your geometry and trig formulas. . . you are going to want them memorized. And be sure that u remember vocabulary and grammar and the flow of a sentance. The science section was pretty easy for me.
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science is always easy in test like these its usually jus the basics like i remember a question being what is all life composed of and the answer is cells
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ok thanks guys but keep it coming. i want to be a doctor and want to get into six year medical school
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i spent like four hours a week studying for the SAT, i didnt take the ACT
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If you're going to study for the SATs/ACTs honestly I'd recommend just taking practice tests and becoming a better test taker [finding ways to work quicker]... that's all that matters with those tests - a tutor could definitely help with that. A bunch of the kids in my class were tutored over the summer, and they mainly learned test taking/time managing skills and short-cuts and they all got in the 2300's.
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Ok, honest to god, SAT/ACTs don't mean a goddamn thing. I can't even remember what I got on them. Nobody actually gives a damn about them in the real world. MAYBE if you're targeting some extraordinarly elite schools, then yeah, but other wise, spend your time on actual high school classes - or better yet, exploring and researching what you really want to do for a living. That will come in handy far more than some test grades that won't even wind up on your resume.

High grades on you ACT/SAT are NOT worth 2-3 hours a day of your youth.

Really, the older I get the more I realize how overemphasized grades are. Do decent, learn what's important, pass, and move on.
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azrael910 wrote:

Ok, honest to god, SAT/ACTs don't mean a goddamn thing. I can't even remember what I got on them. Nobody actually gives a damn about them in the real world. MAYBE if you're targeting some extraordinarly elite schools, then yeah, but other wise, spend your time on actual high school classes - or better yet, exploring and researching what you really want to do for a living. That will come in handy far more than some test grades that won't even wind up on your resume.

High grades on you ACT/SAT are NOT worth 2-3 hours a day of your youth.

Really, the older I get the more I realize how overemphasized grades are. Do decent, learn what's important, pass, and move on.


well i want to be a doctor. maybe an ivy or a state U atleast.
and i definetly want six year medical school.

and i said 2-3 hours in the summer or on days off not my normal days. i still have plenty of fun.
geez bite my head off...
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well, if ivy leage is what you want... then yeah, SAT/ACT are very important. competition is fierce to get in and you need every edge you can get. if you going for your average public univeristy, then not so much.
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you can try going to a sat/act practice programs every weekend during mornings and still have fun with your friends at noon. I did that last year, I had decent score for only three months with only about 3 hours every week. It's more fun to study with other ppl not friends only b/c you can get side track. your only 14? so you have a lot of time to study so pace it slow and don't spent your high school life with your head in the books, spent it with your head in the computer x]
Posted 4/7/07
im on the act or sat yet but i took a course to help me prepare for the hspt for high school and it really helps...find a course for those 2 tests
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vivek16 wrote:

i probably shouldnt be posting this in this forum even but i dont know where else to do it and i trust your opinions so here goes:

how much should i be studying for the act and sat on my days off?

my parents say 2-3 hours on all of my days off. if i want to get in the 33+ for the act. and 2300s for the sat.

i am mostly targeting the college students and the juniors/seniors in this forum who did well on these tests.

thank you, vivek


let me guess.. u r asian?

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