How to prepare for the ACT: tips from RHS students

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How to prepare for the ACT: tips from RHS students

Cynthia Garduno, Staff Writer

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ACT scores are a huge factor that determine what’s in store for your future. And in high school, the ACT seems to be a topic on every student’s mind, especially juniors and seniors.


When the topic of the ACT comes up, students are usually stressed because they think of their scores and how they want and need to improve it. In order to improve your ACT scores it is recommended to prep and study beforehand.


“Studying has definitely improved my score,” said Andrew Elkins,12. “By really focusing on the English section individually, taking practice tests, and getting help from Ms. Stevens, I was able to raise my English section from a 28 to a 36.”


Often times, it is difficult for students to know what and how to study for the ACT. So here are some tips from students here at RHS that have proved to help increase scores.



  • Take full length tests and have time restraints


Elkins believes the best way to prepare for the ACT is to take multiple practice tests and make sure to take the tests with time restraints because it will allow you to get a feel for how much time you would have for each section.


“Taking full length practice tests is the best way to study but if you can’t do that then take section tests instead, especially your worst sections,” said Sarah Smith, 12.  


  1.   Attend ACT prep sessions

“I recommend it [ACT prep],” said Elkins. “Any practice is going to be beneficial in getting a score up, and any tips and advice from people will only work to benefit the outcome of the test.”


  1.   English Section

“The best advice I can give is in English, never read the entire passage. Focus on what it is asking you to correct,” said Elkins.


  1.   Reading Section

“I never actually read it [reading passages] all,” Smith said. “I just skim read it really well because if you try to read it all you’re gonna run out of time.”


“For reading, I would decide which types of passages are most interesting first and then read them in that order (Ex: fiction, humanities, social science, natural science),” said Elkins.


  1.   Math Section

“In math, this is a bit of a cliche, but never sit on one question for more than a minute,” said Elkins. “There are 60 questions in 60 minutes, if a question can’t be answered in a minute, move on.”


  1.   Science Section

“In science, do the questions with graphs and easy to understand concepts first then go back to the stuff that takes a bit more thinking to save time,” said Elkins.


These are just a few of the many tips out there that have the potential of helping you improve your ACT scores. Find and stick with ones that will best help you and begin the studying process because before you know it the ACT date will be here and it is better to be prepared than not.

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