It’s hard to believe that spring is on the horizon, especially after this particularly mean winter in Chiberia. And with the spring comes not only relative warmth and greenery but also the April ACT! But is it too late to prepare at this point?
The answer? No way! Only it may be slightly harder to study for kids since the weather is above artic.
So here’s a great attack plan before the big exam:
- Get a book: this is a bit of a no-brainer, but an undeniably good first step. There’s a lot to choose from, but might I say we have our very own ACT study book that’s pretty great. Most books offer multiple practice exams which help to hone test-taking skills and also serve to take the mystery out of the test format.
- After going over the book and perhaps taking a couple timed and untimed practice exams, have your child determine what their weak points are, and what they want their ideal score to be. Whatever the weak area may be, perhaps acquire additional books and ACT materials that tackle that specific subject area.
- Keep in mind that for the Reading and Science sections that it is more about skills in reading comprehension and chart interpretion (respectively) than the actual subject area, although subject area knowledge will help make sense of the information presented more quickly. Reading a challenging book or scientific magazine could also be a great study tool!
- Encourage your child not to over-study! Try to have them have a reasonable goal every week, like raising their English subsection score by 1 point, or even 1 point every 2 weeks. While that seems modest, a five point gain in a subsection score is huge. An hour a day would be great.
- Study with a focus: if your child scored a 30 in English, a 21 in Math, a 27 in Reading, and a 26 in Science, then Math should be first priority. Lower scores are usually easier to raise than high scores, since sometimes only 1 or 2 questions make the difference once they get in the high 20s or early 30s.
Also, they shouldn’t worry too much about the writing section—it is not factored into the composite score.
- Does your child need a little more direction, or possibly one-on-one attention to address specific knowledge gaps? Chicago Academic offers ACT test prep tutoring suited for every type of learner:
For those who prefer classroom-type attention, we offer large group tutoring, instructed by an expert tutor. This is great for learners that thrive in a typical school-like environment.
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