The ACT is designed to test your skills in English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning, and the exam includes an optional writing test. The four main parts of the test are marked with a maximum of 36 points with a composite score of all four, and the tests act as an assessment of your high school achievement. However, different colleges place different levels of importance on the results of these tests and often they will be taken into consideration along with your class rank, grade point average and extracurricular activities.
Schedule meetings with your teachers to discuss your strengths and weaknesses. Make notes about how you can improve and what units of work you need to focus on.
Practice taking the tests online. Make sure that you start doing this after revising for a suitable length of time as a large part of practice tests is to do with building up your confidence; if you start taking these tests too early on, you may find that your score suffers and it will dent your confidence. Find these tests online (see the resources list below) and you can also buy the practice test books in most quality bookstores.
In the actual exam, plan your answers before writing your final response down. Think your ideas through and create a mind map to ensure that you give full, well-constructed answers. Writing a long answer can often lead to confused, unfocused responses so plan your answer first and tick off each bullet point as you cover it.
Read through your answers at the end of the exam. Check for mistakes and make sure your essays don't have any spelling or grammatical mistakes. Leave a suitable amount of time at the end of the exam to check your work without rushing.
Hannah Treagus began writing professionally in 2010. She frequently writes reviews for websites such as A Geek Life and Passing Nightmare. Treagus earned a Bachelor of Arts in English literature at the University of Portsmouth.