Jonathan Hudson reporting to the Researcher
From short answer to essays, colleges require a lot from students who are applying. However, most schools also want to view your SAT or ACT scores. These standardized tests can be very stressful for many, so I have decided to use my own experience with taking both exams and provide you with some facts, opinions, and strategies that students can employ in order to boost those scores.
Let’s start with the test that hasn’t changed and I personally prefer. The ACT. The format of the ACT is simple. There is a writing section that is encouraged, but not required, then there are four subsections: English, Math, Reading, and Science.
The English section tests your ability to know the format of sentences and paragraphs, spot grammar errors, and rhetorical skills.
The Math section tests your knowledge mainly of Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry.
The Reading section takes 30 minutes, and tests reading comprehension skills.
The Math and English sections are the two longest sections of the test, totaling 105 minutes.
The final section of science is 30 minutes as well and tests scientific analysis and reasoning skills.
Keep in mind that the ACT is an aptitude test, not a knowledge test, so knowing every little fact, formula and random scientific fact about frogs isn’t necessary for you to still get a high score on the test.
The ACT is a long test but a very conquerable one. I could go and find a bunch of test strategies and put them in here, but there are simply too many.
Mr. Finley is a test guru, and was gracious enough to implement an ACT study program for the Juniors last year. He knows a ton about how the test works, and provides test tips, tricks, and strategies that will help you elevate your score.
Here are the links to all the test prep videos he made last year. They are all very informative, as well as helpful and entertaining.
Math testing strategies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygRGiUim9EM&feature=youtu.be
Reading section overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_85Mtfth030&feature=youtu.be
Reading section strategies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf-eal2s_78&feature=youtu.be
Science section overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbqZZ8s5xxQ&feature=youtu.be
Science section strategy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sThXksY5XAo&feature=youtu.be
I would HIGHLY recommend watching these videos and employing the strategies discussed in the videos when you take the ACT.
In addition to these, just remember some other test prep basics like getting a good sleep the night before, eating a good breakfast, and being ready to tackle the test. Being nervous is natural, but have confidence and know that if you have put in the work and studied for this test, then the results will most likely reflect that.