The Filipino Student’s Survival Guide To Passing The ACT Test
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So you decided to take the ACT test? Before you pack your bags and start your ACT application, there are a number of things you need to know about the ACT test.
The ACT (originally dubbed as the American College Testing) is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. ACT tests your knowledge and understanding of the core subjects you studied in high school. These core subjects include English, Mathematics, Science, Reading, and an optional Writing test.
Although the ACT test is about what you learned in school, it is still good to do some test preparation. Here are some effective test-taking strategies to help you prepare for the ACT better:
ACT Test-Taking Strategies
1. Manage your time.
The ACT consists of four sections with multiple choices on each item. The total testing time is 175 minutes without the Writing section and 215 minutes with the Writing section. It’s important to have enough time to read the questions carefully and figure out your answers. Since some parts of the test are reading passages, estimate how much time you’ll need for skimming. Then divide the remaining time to answer the questions that follow (and stick to it!).
Avoid spending too much time on one item. If you find it difficult to answer one item, move to the next. When you finish the section and there’s still time, return to the difficult questions. You can also use the remaining minutes to review your answers.
Pro tip: Your score will be based only on the number of items you answered correctly. So make sure to answer as many items as possible!
Minutes For Section
2. Always read the directions.
You need to provide the best answer for the English, Reading, and Science sections of the ACT test. Analyze each item carefully and choose the most appropriate response to the question. Meanwhile, the Mathematics section asks for the correct and accurate answer.
3. Read, read, and read.
Never rush when you’re reading the questions. Some items can be tricky and need extra steps to find the answer. So take your time. Make sure you understand exactly what you have to do. To thoroughly absorb the questions, here are some tips you can do:
- Keep calm.
- If allowed on the questionnaire, underline the important keywords on the question/passage.
- Try to mentally rephrase the question in simpler terms.
4. Use the elimination process.
When dealing with difficult questions, try to eliminate the incorrect answers. Use your logic to find clues in the questions. Compare the answers and determine which answer choices are sure to be wrong or couldn’t possibly be right. Then make your best educated guess from the remaining answers.
5. Mark your responses carefully.
If you’re taking the ACT test on paper, be precise in marking your responses. If you want to change your answer, gently erase the unwanted answer. Avoid leaving smudges as it may cause errors in your scoring. Meanwhile, if you’re taking the ACT online test, make sure to click the letter that corresponds to your answer. Don’t forget to click the ANSWER button before moving to the next part of the test.
What do you need to bring on the day of your ACT exam?
- Valid ID with photo. Your first and last names must match your ACT ticket.
- For ACT paper test: Use soft lead No. 2 pencil and eraser. Any other writing instruments are not allowed.
- Permitted calculator for the Mathematics section. For the complete list of allowed and prohibited models of calculator, you may refer to this list: www.act.org/calculator-policy.html.
- Regular wristwatch to manage your time. Better leave your smartwatches, fitness bands, and related gadgets at home because they are not allowed during the test.
So there you have it! Hope this guide helps you pass the ACT test (fingers crossed!). Excited to start your study abroad journey? Find more resources like this on our Study Abroad blog page now!
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