ACT Test Tips

For many high school students, preparing for the ACT exam can be one of the most stressful part of the college application process.

While undoubtedly important, it is also vital to carefully examine the ACT guidelines for the different colleges you plan to apply to while preparing for the test.

Different schools have a range of acceptable scores, and some may be ACT-optional or require a different standardized test. It is important to know these details early on in your application process so you can be well-prepared and eliminate any unneeded stress later on.

With some pre-planning and smart preparation, anyone can have a successful ACT experience!

It is important to explore all your ACT-prep options prior to taking the test. Some students, myself included, may find it useful to attend an ACT-prep class either though their high school, or through outside tutoring centers. For students who do not have the time for additional classes, a prep book may be a more convenient way to take practice exams.

As you draw nearer to the actual test day it is important to get a good night’s sleep and avoid cramming. A balanced meal beforehand is also essential. Tiredness and hunger are two distractions that are easily avoidable on test day.

Last of all, relax! If you prepare in advance and stay calm,  you are much more likely to have a successful ACT.

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Emily Margosian

Emily Margosian

Emily Margosian is a senior at Augustana College, and is pursuing degrees in Political Science and Multimedia Journalism. She currently reports for her campus newspaper, The Augustana Observer, in addition to serving as sustainability co-chair within her sorority. When not participating in activities on campus, Emily enjoys searching for new recipes to experiment with. She hopes to one day do public relations work for art-based non-profit organizations
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