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Approaching the ACT


Approaching the ACT

Sam Arvin

For most juniors, they are thinking about their plans for college and that includes standardized testing.

                There are two choices of standardized tests for high school students, the SAT and the ACT.

                The ACT consists of four multiple choice tests: reading, English, math, and science.

                The ACT also offers an optional writing section where you have a writing prompt and 40 minutes to answer.

                The reading and science portions are both 40 questions long, and you have 35 minutes to finish.

                The math section has 60 questions in 60 minutes and the English section has 75 questions in 45 minutes.

                A good strategy is to pace yourself and answer all of the quick and easy questions first and then go back to all of the ones that are more difficult.

                Unlike the SAT, the ACT doesn’t penalize you for incorrect answers so make sure to answer all questions for the best possible score.

                If you finish before the time limit expires, then go back and check your answers.

                Also make sure to pay attention to the five-minute warning so that you know when you should be about done with your test.

                During the English and the reading sections of the ACT, consider all questions carefully and choose the one that best fits.

                Be aware of the underlined parts of reading passages, because that means there will be a question about that section or the passage as a whole.

                In the math section, make sure that a calculator is allowed before solving a problem.

                Solve the problem before choosing an answer from the multiple choice, and check your work as well.

                In the science section, refer to the scientific information given in the passage to answer your question, and pick the best possible answer.

                Universities offer varying scholarships for students based on your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, so it is important to do your best.

The upcoming test dates for the ACT are February 6, April 9, and June 11 of this year, and keep in mind that there are deadlines for registration.

You can register for the ACT now at