ACT Test Taking Tips

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The ACT is a widely used college admission standardized test. It has four mandatory subject tests: English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science. There is also an optional Writing test which some colleges require.

General Tips


English Section Tips


Reading Section Tips

Mathematics Section Tips


Science Section Tips


Writing Section Tips


ACT Changes for 2015:

The Writing Test has changed to a format that asks students to come up with their own analysis and evaluate multiple perspectives of complex issues. The time allowed will increase from 30 minutes to 40 minutes. The Writing test will remain optional and will not affect the composite score. Students who take the Writing Test will receive a breakdown of their scores in the areas of ideas and analysis, development and support, organization, and language use.

Several new scores will be introduced including a STEM score (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and an English language score. Scores will also be provided related to career progress and progress toward more complex tests likely to be encountered in college and careers.

These tips can help you get the most out your knowledge, skills, and abilities when you take the ACT.



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