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If you are not and never will be in my class...
If you are or will be in my ACT Prep class, I will use the resources in
a different way and order than you, the student who will never take my
class. I find student weaknesses with tests not found on the
website and then iron out those wrinkles with worksheets not found
here. However, you can still make excellent use of this website. If a
great ACT score is important to you, you have all the motivation you
need to succeed. Here's the most beneficial plan of attack:
- Go to the ACT Test Analysis page
and to the Master List of English Test Skills to familiarize yourself with just exactly what the ACT targets.
Note that the number of questions per topic varies from test to
test. (No, the questions don't appear in this order on the test.
That would make it too easy.) Find the ones that appear the most
often and tackle those first. However, if you want a great score,
you can't ignore any question types.
- Next, go to the Instant ACT Score Boosters page and read how you can improve your ACT score very quickly by mastering a few easy topics.
- Then, read the General Test-taking Strategies page.
Time management is the hardest part of the ACT since they don't give
you a lot of sit and ponder the questions time. The now, later,
never approach to questions will allow you to answer as many questions
as you can in a limited time. The process of elimination is an
important tool in your ACT arsenal. By eliminating the wrong answers,
you will find the right ones.
- Look at all the skill-based links in the left column. Transitions
are tested with several questions as your ACT Test Analysis reading
showed you. I don't have links for the best sentence, the best
phrase, etc. You already understand what best means, so you'll get what you need as you take practice tests.
- Okay, it's practice test time. I took two practice tests from the free Preparing for the ACT booklet, explained the answers, and put links to the pages covering those topics.
Find the English test, set a timer for 45 minutes, and take the
test. When time is up...you probably won't finish the whole test
the first time through...grade your test using the answer key I've
provided. Use the information at Quick Facts about the ACT
to determine your scaled score. You will also see my explanations
for why the right answers are right and the wrong answers are wrong.
- Make a list of the types of questions you missed the most often
and study those topics. Ask your English teacher for help on the
topics you didn't understand. Go to the Useful ACT Links page and watch McGraw Hill's videos on the topics that gave you a hard time.
- Next, you're probably ready for two more practice tests from McGraw Hill. Again, go to your English teacher for more help on the topics that gave you trouble.
- A good book to purchase is The Real ACT Prep Guide.
It's written by the folks that create the ACT and has actual ACT tests
that have been retired for security purposes. It explains the
answers as well. Buy the most recent edition so the retired tests
are most like the test currently given, but older versions are good, too: the test just doesn't change much.
- The ACT people say about 1/3 of the English test is based on grammar. If you go to My English Pages and the Grammar link, you can read my grammar info.
Please let me know if and how
this website has been useful and especially what I need to change or
add to help you improve your English and Reading ACT scores. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prior to taking a Reading test, take another look at the ACT Test Analysis
page and scroll down to see the types of questions found on the test as
well as the common words and phrases used in them. The reading
test isn't content-based, meaning it doesn't test what you remember
about stories and non-fiction you've read in the past. It simply
presents some passages and asks you some factual, inferred,
interpretive, and attitude questions about the passages. The best
practice for this test is taking practice tests. Work on your
strategy for finishing the test in 30 minutes. Finding the right pace