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Studying for the act is overrated imo..i took it once and made a 30 soo i think you could get away with ver minimal study time and make your goal. The act and standardized testing as a whole is pretty effing lame. I dont think it accurately measures how intelligent someone is. if you have a high GPA your act or sat score is basically dismissable.
NOTE: i never took the sat :(

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Do you know what university you're planning on going to is? Do you know the acceptance rate? If you're going to go to an "elite" university, then yes, a top score on these standardized tests are good. If not, then you really only need around a 24-30 to get accepted (although you're more likely to get scholarships if you score around a 34). It also helps greatly if the college you want to go to is in the state you're living in.

I doubt you'll get a 33+ on the ACT at such a young age (14?). That being said, my brothers and I took the ACT in 8th grade and still scored above 31 so it's possible.

Honestly, I don't think studying will help you achieve a better score. The most important tip is to get a good night of sleep before you take the test. Don't stay up studying because you'll find it difficult to concentrate the next day.

The ACT is more of test on your critical thinking skills rather than memorizing. The science portion involves taking charts, graphs, etc and applying them rather than asking you to list out the periodic table, as an example.

However, if you still want to study for the ACT (I never did) I would go over your trigonometry and geometry formulas. Vocabulary is unnecessary if you understand how to figure the meaning of a word through the context it is used.

Are you taking the writing portion of the ACT? If so, it wouldn't be too bad of an idea to go over your writing skills. It's a good idea anyway if you're planning on taking the AP Literature test in high school.

If you've taken any standardized tests (PSAT, etc) before, review your scores and work on your weaknesses.

I never took the SAT because the university I'm going to attend only requests either the ACT or the SAT.


kyocool wrote:
if you have a high GPA your act or sat score is basically dismissable.


Colleges look at the courses you take in high school, not just the GPA. If they look at your transcript and see you have a 4.0 after taking classes such as 'Cooking', etc...it won't look appealing.
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don't study, it makes you wors,t just relax eat and sleep and play and have fun, i was top of the school a few times without studyng
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You people actually study for those?!? I went in without a lick of studying for either and pulled a 1380/1600 (730 Verbal, 650 Math) on the SAT's and a 32 on the ACT's.
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well if you are goin to a good school then yea study but if you are like me and not even going to go to a college in your home country then it doesnt really matter cuz half the time they dont look at your sat cuz your a foreign exchange student
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I actually got to take the SAT when I was coming to high school. I didn't do any real studying, since half the stuff I didn't even know, but it didn't turn out so bad. I actually scored in the 60% or something, which is really cool. I think when I take it when I'm older it will be easier, but who knows. I'm a pretty dumb guy, actually.
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kyocool wrote:

Studying for the act is overrated imo..i took it once and made a 30 soo i think you could get away with ver minimal study time and make your goal. The act and standardized testing as a whole is pretty effing lame. I dont think it accurately measures how intelligent someone is. if you have a high GPA your act or sat score is basically dismissable.
NOTE: i never took the sat :(

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disagree, my friend have high GPA but low test score so she was rejected from many schools. It goes the other way too, if you get high scores but low GPA. You need both
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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?



why do he have to be asain? ^^
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well i took the presat a couple months ago and i scored 80% on it
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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.


True. Honestly, if you're really worried about getting into an Ivy league school, it would probably be better to spend the 2-3 hours doing community service or something to build up a resume and appear well-rounded.
SAT/ACT scores are trivial.
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im glad im canadian dont have to do sat/act.
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…*Sigh* Why study? I never study for tests and I do fine. Just pay attention in class. I know, and this isn’t sarcasm, that sitting quietly and listening to teachers drone on and on gets hard. Not to mention dull. But, ultimately, paying attention and doing your work is the best way to learn a subject; moreover, it will save you a lot of work in the end. Cuz then you get out of studying..

Or you can be like me and just rely on divine intervention! I don’t do my work, rarely pay attention in class, and still makes all A’s and B’s! Either I’m really smart, really lucky, or God loves me! I prefer to say its all of the above!

Anyway, we take something called TAKs tests down here. (Its a Texas thing. I live in OKC but am curently going to school in Texas. Its a long story, but I actually spend more time up here in Texas than at my home.) You fail a TAKs you fail the year. Gotta retake everything under that subject. So if you fail the math TAKs you don’t get your credits. I got an 85 on mine, and I never once opened a book. I maintained a happy average of a 78 at the time. (Math was my only C/D last year, and this year I happily maintain a B-)
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I'm going to go ahead and say that studying for the SAT is usually a big waste of time. The only thing you can only do to "help" your SAT score is to memorize some things (vocab for SATI and terminology for SATII sciences or languages). In the end, it's what you already know, so I would say don't worry about it too much.
I never took the ACT, but I'm assuming it's around the same.

my SATI score was 2370 btw D:
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i did that Kaplan course thing over the summer and it didn't do anything for me... and doing 2-3 hours on your days off...SAT/ACT don't tell you who you are as a person..that's why many schools are now SAT/ACT optional because the scores don't reflect your grades in high school.
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