ACT Now and Start Preparing

ACT now and start preparing

Picture this, you’re a junior in the Wake County School System and it’s already mid-February but you still don’t know anything about the ACT, you’re nervous and don’t know where to start or how it’ll end up. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide you’ll learn how to prepare and take the ACT to achieve your dream score. 

First things first, it’s important to know that the ACT will be held on March 1st for the 2022 school year, so depending on when you’re reading this you won’t have much time. With that being said, the first thing everyone should do is make a schedule or a study regiment to prepare for the exam. One way you can structure your schedule is by taking a practice test on Monday and then going over the mistakes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then take another practice test on Thursday and go over mistakes on Friday and Saturday. Finally you can make Sunday a day to do what you want, be it taking a break or continuing to study. Overall, it’s important to remember that no matter how you study it’s crucial that you stay consistent, so make sure you hold yourself accountable and stick to your schedule. 

Once you actually develop a schedule, it’s finally time to actually study. One underrated tactic most students often overlook is having a designated study space. This helps trick your brain into being more focused as it recognizes this space as an area where the brain should be in “study-mode.” Another way students can approach preparing for the ACT is focusing on your weaknesses. Why waste time on topics you’re confident on, when you can work on what you’re bad at and cut study time shorter at the same time? When looking for your mistakes try to find patterns on what often trips you up, so you know what subjects or concepts to target. Last but not least, making sure you mimic the testing environment will also help you adjust to taking the real test. Make sure your environment is quiet, you have a number 2 pencil, all electronics are out of sight, and the timing of the test is the same. 

If there’s one takeaway you should leave with after reading this article is that the best thing you can do for yourself is to practice, practice, practice. It’s alright to feel nervous about the test, but the more you practice the more prepared you’ll be for the real deal. The effort you put in will surely reflect your performance. With that being said, it’s important to remember to get a good night’s rest and eat breakfast before taking the test, and good luck!

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