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How can I increase my ACT score significantly.

I'm wanting to raise my #ACT score so I can have more money for college and wanting I'm to expand my area of learning , so what can I do to raise that score.

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Jaclyn’s Answer

Hi Michael

When I was studying for the ACT, a friend of mine wanted to do a prep course (which did cost money). We only took the Math section, however, there were several other subjects for all the ACT test areas. I did learn several tips and tricks to help me answer questions faster and increase the number of correct answers.

However, I realize that most of these courses have gone up in price since I was studying for the ACT. If you cannot find a course or afford a course, I would recommend going to a Barnes and Noble or similar book store and looking in the education section for ACT practice books. Those books are usually around $30 and contain valuable information and practice tests to help you succeed on the ACT.

Finally, if $30 is still too much (which is still a lot of money for a book, in my opinion) you could always check out the local library to borrow a book for free, or search online for YouTube courses or other free sources of information. My favorite to increase learning for free in any area is Khan Academy. Just make an account and start watching videos.

Good luck!
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Emily’s Answer

If you go to the ACT website, there are also 6-8 free exams along with the answers and explanations. The most helpful parts of these tests are 1) full length tests so you can practice timing your self on full length exams and 2) explanations to questions that you answer incorrectly.

The ACT and the prep along with it can get very expensive, and as someone who has tutored students specifically for the ACT my biggest tips for improving your score would be :

1. DO take full length tests. It is much easier to answer the questions slowly and more accurately, but that is not how the test is given. "Practice determines how you perform." Even taking the test in smaller sections is not as helpful. The test is partially designed to wear you down and exhaust you. So prepare for a long test so you have energy throughout. Practice full length tests. No distractions.

2. Analyze your own scores! The test is broken down into scores and subscores/cross scores. If you are missing questions that consistently fall into the same categories (eg: weighted averages in the math section) spend your time and energy focusing on your weakest sections. Review these weak points every time you study to help keep the methods fresh.

3. Is timing a problem for you? Find ways to optimize your score. If you are making to the end of the section before time is called each time, focus on improving the number of correct answers in that time. Not making it to the end? How can you increase the number of questions answered, as well as number of questions answered correctly? If one type of problem slows you down, be able to pick it out and save it for last. This gives you more time to work on the other questions.

4. Study with a good partner. Having someone to study with can help push you to study longer and keep you from pulling your hair out. Also, being able to teach someone else a concept is one of the stronger indicators of how well you understand the material. Take time "teaching" each other the problems you are weakest at. This will also help you to understand what you struggle with (because you won't be able to explain it to your partner).
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Rachel’s Answer

You will need to focus on stress and time management. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Here is how to be successful in them:</span>

  1. <span style="background-color: transparent;">Stay on track - do assignments early, finish things a head of time, and be aware of all of your deadlines</span>
  2. <span style="background-color: transparent;">do all the the assignments and read all of the coursework required- do not cut corners</span>
  3. <span style="background-color: transparent;">use Google calendar to keep track of deadlines</span>
  4. <span style="background-color: transparent;">communicate with your professor early if something comes up</span>
  5. <span style="background-color: transparent;">do not be afraid to ask for an extension if you need one</span>
  6. <span style="background-color: transparent;">study, and study a lot! you don't have regular class sessions so you will need to put in more work at home.</span>
  7. <span style="background-color: transparent;">Do your best and genuinely try hard to give it your all.</span>

The best way to score high on the test is to Google search an online program or book that will help you study. Once you find an online lesson plan for success you can use it as a road map for studying. Otherwise, find a book to help you study and spend 45 mins a night reading through it and studying. Depending on when you test is, the first thing you will want to do is organize a studying schedule for yourself. Target studying certain sections of the test and divide them up by the weeks/months you have until you have to take it.