Last night on twitter, admittedly founder Jess Brondo shared her last minute tips and tricks for prepping for the ACT. In case you missed it, we’re sharing the tips here so you can be prepared for the next testing date. We’ve also shared SAT help if that test is better for you.
Tip 1: NEVER EVER omit a question on the ACT. You do NOT lose points for questions you get wrong (the way you do on the SAT) so always take a chance and guess
Tip 2: Make sure you bring up a concession in your essay (aka you want to ADDRESS the other side of the argument and prove why it is flawed)
Tip 3: The math section is 60 questions in 60 minutes; however do NOT plan for 1 min for EACH question. Save extra time for the last 10 questions (they’re really hard) and do the first twenty faster.
Tip 4: Make sure you are looking at the right chart/table on the science section. We can’t tell you how many students make careless mistakes by looking at the wrong table.
Tip 5: The ACT tests you on punctuation, so make sure you know that a semi-colon (;) MUST come between 2 FULL sentences. If it is separating two fragments, it is wrong.
Tip 6: Also, the ACT likes to trap students with commas. Think of a comma as a 2 second pause and literally read the sentence that way. If it sounds super awkward, you don’t need a comma.
Tip 7: Starting a sentence with “Because” is totally fine. Your teachers might have said otherwise, but it is completely fine on the ACT as long as it is a full sentence.
Tip 8: Example of a correct sentence starting with because: Because I like running, I decided to train for the marathon.
Tip 9: Make sure you memorize all of your geometry formulas; the ACT does NOT give a formula list like the SAT.
As always, let us know if you have any more questions by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Best of luck!
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