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ACT - January 19th 2009, 01:01 PM

So, I'm taking the ACT's in the spring. I really need to start studying now, but am not quite sure where to begin. Should I just do tons and tons of practice tests OR should I actually go over all the English, math stuff using the book as a study guide?


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Re: ACT - January 19th 2009, 01:05 PM

I would at least skim through the books. There's no need to painstakingly review stuff that's like "duhhh" but go through the book and brush up on the stuff you don't know/ forgot. And then go to the tests. Do NOT just take a bunch of tests. That's useless, really. Take a bunch of tests, but mark the ones you are unsure about or can't do in the margin, and then correct those tests and go through the things you got wrong AND the things you were initially unsure about.

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Re: ACT - January 19th 2009, 01:11 PM

Thanks! I just hope I'll be prepared in time.


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Re: ACT - January 19th 2009, 02:23 PM

sorry for being ignorant but I wondered what is ACT and how have you gone about taking them? I'd be really grateful if you could inform me. Cheers, Ally x
   
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Re: ACT - January 19th 2009, 02:27 PM

The ACT is a college (ie University) entrance exam in the USA and it consists of English, maths, reading, optional writing and science reasoning.

As for revision it is really each to their own. I prefer revising via past papers but others use class notes and textbook - it's whatever works for you :]
   
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Re: ACT - January 19th 2009, 04:19 PM

I recommend the book that you can buy directly from the ACT, personally. It's what I used.

What I did was, I reviewed the stuff in the book, and then took a practice test. Then I did a little more review for math and english, and retook only those sections. It worked for me.
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Re: ACT - January 19th 2009, 04:46 PM

Did you time yourself each time you took the test since the ACT definitely has time constraints to keep in mind?


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Re: ACT - January 19th 2009, 05:18 PM

In my experience, you don't need to spend a bunch of pain-staking hours hitting the books. Just skim through the books, don't pay a lot of attention to the stuff you do know, concentrate on the concepts of the stuff you don't know. Math, you don't really need anything more than Algebra 2. Science is a lot of basic knowledge that you probably already know or can think logically about (just skim the books, like we said). English is basically grammar and literature comprehension, so there's not MUCH you can study for, but do look over the basic grammar rules and such. You may also want to work on expanding your vocabulary a bit.
The SAT and the ACT are very similar. If you want to do some practice tests, you can go with doing the ones for the SAT which can be found on their website. They usually have new ones up daily.

Whatever you do, don't stress! It's really not that bad. Don't lose sleep over it, don't study all hours of the day. Just relax and take it easy. You'll be fine!
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Re: ACT - January 19th 2009, 06:33 PM

Time yourself, don't listen to music or take breaks. Ideally, you need to find friends willing to sit with you after school and administer tests in the real testing environment. I know this is hard to do though.. hopefully you took the PSAT and official practice tests at your school so you know the "ughhh deskk tessttt" feeling well enough.


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