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Posted 1/25/16 , edited 1/25/16
I was wondering what strategy some of you guys used when taking the ACT.

I just took a practice ACT and really hope to take a real one in June. My score on the practice wasn't bad but it definitely isn't as high as I wanted. I made a 23 but I hope to raise it to at least a 27 or 28.

I have come to the conclusion that I need a better approach at how to take it because I almost always run out of time on the math and science portions. (But I will definitely be practicing the problems I just flat out didn't know.)
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Try eating an orphan heart so that you may gain their strength,
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I was told that if you're running out of time, B and C are usually the correct answers. It's been a while, so I'm not sure if it still holds.
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Posted 1/25/16

geauxtigers1989 wrote:

I was told that if you're running out of time, B and C are usually the correct answers. It's been a while, so I'm not sure if it still holds.


25% chance of guessing correctly. is better than 0%
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Posted 1/25/16 , edited 1/25/16
If you can't solve a problem within 1 minute or less move on to the next. You can go back to it later. For reading portions learn to skim while picking up the details. Have a light breakfast too and get sleep the night before. I took mine twice and didn't have issues.
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I only ever took the SAT. Try spending the week before studying, that's what helped me get a 2200.
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Rujikin wrote:

Try eating an orphan heart so that you may gain their strength,


I thought it was a dragon...Wait what if the dragon was an orphan...my god...the power
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Honestly I had no strategy. I took the practice ACT and then took the real one. That's it. I got a 27. Just study the kind of stuff that was on the practice ACT I guess.
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Posted 1/25/16 , edited 1/25/16
Well, it's just another test, and being multiple choice I do have a few hints I've learned over the years.

Read it and don't get it immediately? Skip, you might even be able to derive hints from other questions and their answers.

If you are 100% sure with the question, move on, if you're iffy about it, mark what you think and put an asterisk beside the question.

And #1 thing, at least for me, is relax. There's a point when it comes to studying that you actually make things worse, i.e mental exhaustion + stress. Keep motivated, instrumental music works for me, you should also keep hydrated and use your breaks to eat properly. Your mindset is just as important as the studying in my opinion.

Source: lazy person with high university GPA (cutting corners is my specialty)
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Good luck
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At my high school, study sessions meant to help students prepare for the ACT were offered after normal school hours. In preparing for standardized tests, I've often found books on the subject to be a good investment if you take it seriously. Good luck!
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I got a 28 but I didn't really study or use a strategy. I was always a good test taker. Not a good student though

My younger brother scored a 27 at first, but then retook it with some studying and basic test strategy and upped his score to a 32. So I think it would be worth the effort to use a proven strategy, as long as you are comfortable with it.
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Posted 1/26/16

Rujikin wrote:

Try eating an orphan heart so that you may gain their strength,


Pretty sure that only works for the SAT.
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I only took it twice (a month or so apart, got 32s) and didn't have much of a strategy, so take this with a large grain of salt, but as dots and Knight said, be willing, even eager to move past problems in the beginning. A path of "solving problems I know I can solve quickly" lets you fill out a bunch of stuff right at the start, which can make you a bit more relaxed for the rest, which should help you think more clearly. Just be careful that you keep your answers lined up correctly! Maybe make a mark to indicate if the problem looks easy, medium, or hard, and try to answer them in that order.

Bring a snack, if possible. Something high energy, like a workout bar if you like those. Even if you can't eat during the test, it'll be good to get something in your stomach after it's over, and you might be too worked up for a real meal.

I've heard a lot of different strategies when it comes to studying, but one of the most successful seems to be doing a general review, focusing on one specific area that caused you trouble (like the FOIL technique or something), then doing another general review, and repeating that as you can. But don't burn yourself out studying!

Don't focus too much on the final score you're after as you're taking the test. Just take the test as best you can, and don't take time to try calculating your score so far or anything like that. At the end of the test, try to remember any problems that gave you particular trouble, and figure them out later, in case you want to take it again.

Good luck!
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Posted 1/26/16 , edited 1/26/16
keep doing the kaplan/college review/barron practice tests

36 is not as hard as you think

ACT/SAT is not about how smart you are

just how good you are at using the most useless skill post ACT/SAT's - test taking skillz
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