anyway i dont think id be able to make a few of the classes

Taking the ACT: A low down

So I just wanted to do this because my teacher told me I should write a book because I’ve taken the ACT about nine times now. Coming from me - here’s what you need to know! (for all you West Coasters, that is, I know jack squat about the SAT so you’ll find none of that here)

The Low Down

Time - WAY Before the ACT

*Make sure you take it multiple times!! If you’re a Junior, take them ALLL. You can take it like 12+ times. DO IT.

*things to study - ¾ of the test is about English reading speed and comprehension. If you can read quickly and understand it all, and have a good knowledge of English grammar, you’re going to do very well on the ACT. If not, it’s something to practice, the reading speed and comprehension most importantly. I used an ACT prep program for this called Word Smart and it helped me a lot but there are word reading speed programs online for free you can use as well.

*APply! Do it now. Go sign up for the ACT website and Have yourself registered with plenty of time to spare so you don’t pay late fees and your center doesn’t run out of seating! (It happens! Especially the December one when all of the seniors who haven’t taken it yet take it for the first time for college -see point one-)

*Don’t know which one to apply for? (Writing or Non) If you know what college you’re going to, see what they like, if not, take mostly Non and then do one Writing just in case!

**What’s the difference you ask? (between Writing and Non) one has an essay at the end that gets mushed with your English score, but doesn’t affect your overall score. You have thirty minutes and a prompt and you do your essay and it gets graded and it takes like a week or two longer to get your scores.

TIME - Day Before the ACT

*Get ALL of your stuff ready. Get your pencils and erasers and your calculator charged (make sure its an approved calculator! I recommend one with graphing capabilities). Make sure you have like 4+ pencils, just in case and that they are all sharpened! Have your ticket printed out and set this all aside for easy grabbing in the morning so you’re not stressing

*Go to sleep *early* so you have plenty of rest! You won’t regret it, it’s about a 3 hour long test, you need to be awake for it all!

*Set several alarms, just in case, so you can get up in time for…

Time - the DAY OF the ACT!

*Make sure you have plenty of time to eat a very good breakfast! I recommend nothing greasy that could possibly upset your stomach! It needs to be filling, though. I prefer oatmeal! 

*pack some snacks (this can also be done the night before) for your break! And maybe a drink too! You can’t have these out in the testing room but you can have them in a pocket or purse

*Bring a purse of something with big pockets for storage, even a drawstring, no one cares and it’s helpful for keys and wallet and snacks and calculator

*DON’T FORGET YOUR PHOTO ID - if you’re 16+ and drive this should be simple, but if not see if you can get ahold of a passport or visit a local officials office or printing of an ID (permits work too)

*Here in the CST we have to start at 8 for the test, no matter your time just make sure you get there with plenty of time to spare in case you have traffic problems!

*Wear comfortable clothes! You want to be in the best mindset possible while taking the test and NO ONE will care what you look like because they’re focusing on the test too!

*I do recommend a watch. I never brought one myself but it helps with pacing (my rooms always had clocks) and then during your break you know when to go back without feeling rushed or late MAKE SURE it’s a watch that doesn’t beep, though, because a beeping watch can get you ejected from the test just as much as a phone going off can

*GO TO THE BATHROOM BEFORE YOU LEAVE

Time- At the ACT center, before the test!

*LEAVE YOUR PHONE IN YOUR CAR. JUST DO IT. YOU CAN’T GET IT OUT ANYWAYS AND my phone went off with an alarm even though I turned it off and I got kicked out, there are NO exceptions and you just blew a good chunk of money and a lot of your time!!

**If you didn’t drive yourself, the test normally gets over anytime between 11:30-12:30 so leave if with your ride, or at home, and tell them that time. If they’re not there, ask people at the test center and find a phone to use there, or a friend who drove’s phone

*DON’T be dreading it! It won’t help! They design the ACT to test your test taking skills and set it up accordingly for you to be tired and ready to leave by the last test, which is why most say it’s the hardest. Just keep a chipper mind and relax

*If you have test anxiety, doing it multiple times really helps. I was so nervous my first few times but my last times I wasn’t because your routine is the same, the only things that’s slightly different is the questions

Time- DURING the Test!

*the ACT test consists of four different sections. You’re first two sections are English and Math. English is 55 minutes long, Math is 60 minutes. Then you get a 10 minute break. Then back for Reading, which is 45 minutes and Science which I think is about 45 minutes also.

*Pace yourself! Just take a breather. Don’t try to figure out how many questions you need to do a minute (I have. It doesn’t help) Just do it. 

*DON’T spend too much time on one question! You are allowed to mark in your test booklet. Just mark it and come back. You’ll figure out how much time you spend on average per question, and if it takes more time than that, just skip it. 

*You DON’T get faulted for wrong answers! Unlike the SAT, where wrong answers lose you a point from what you already have, on the ACT you just don’t get the point, but you don’t get marked off for it either. SO, if you’re running out of time, just try to figure out a few more and then fill in the rest. IT’S BETTER TO GUESS THAN NOT ANSWER AT ALL because at least you have a chance of getting it right.

*During the break, EAT SOMETHING. stand up and stretch! Go to the bathroom! It will help you wake up and be more alert for the last portion of the test, which you need to be!

*ENGLISH SECTION - focuses on grammar and sentence structure. Has the most questions in it. Tips: Trust your instinct with your answers and don’t over think it. If you have done well in your English classes in the past, you know what you’re talking about. Just go with your gut. 

*MATH SECTION - mostly Geometry and some Trig! If you haven’t taken these classes yet, then don’t worry, that probably means you have some time before the test is super needed (your senior year) just do the best you can. Tips: NEVER stay on one question for too long. If you don’t understand something, SKIP IT IMMEDIATELY, until you find a question you do understand! Then, once you have all of those, take a breath and go back to the beginning and reread. I find, sometimes, that I did understand the question, but in my math section panic, I forgot. If you don’t know it at all, make a logical quess.

*READING SECTION - focuses mostly on reading comprehension. NEVER go to the question and try to find the answer in the article!! It takes more time than you think! TIPS: Just read the whole thing, soak it in, and then answer the questions. It’s a lot easier and less time consuming. Time is of the essence during this test!

*SCIENCE SECTION - focuses mostly on your ability to take a test (endurance) and focus on reading graphs! If you finish Reading early, take a deep breath before this one and just chill. They’re going to throw terms at you that you may not know, but they aren’t important! The questions will focus on their studies, which will all be able to be found in the graphs! TIPS: Read through the info and get a loose understanding. Accept terms but dont try too hard to understand them fully. They just are. Graphs are your friends. Make sure you know how to read them! SKIP QUESTIONS you don’t understand! But with the graphs, it should help!

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Other stuff!!

*ACT Prep! — Don’t get it the first time ! Take it a few times and if you’re not improving, then get it! It really does help!

*START YOUNG. I started sophomore and freshmen year. You can. You can take it so many times. Just do it. Take it like three times sophomore year, maybe once freshmen, five times junior, and as many times as you can senior!

*If you have a score you’re happy with, great! But if you think you can do better DO IT. I believe in you! Reward yourself when scores go up too!

*Ask your teachers for help! Especially if they’ve taught prep courses for the ACT or helped administer it!

*If you get a 30 one time, and then a 27 the next, colleges will only look at the 30, or whatever your best score is! So no worries if it goes down! You don’t lose anything!

*You can ONLY BENEFIT from taking the ACT multiple times where as only taking it once or twice can hinder you! Experience really helps with this one!

Last words of wisdom: You can do it! I hope you get the score you want! Rock on! Your ACT score means money and I hope you get lots of it! :3 Lots of love~ I’m sure you’ll do amazing when you take it!

anonymous asked:

Hi!! University AU of RFA+V with MC being a scholarship student at their prestigious rich ppl college? Thank you^^

UNIVERSITY AU: I BREATHED

Yoosung:

  • poor Yoosung raged on LOLOL till like 4 AM
  • of course forgetting that he signed up for a 7 AM class
  • when Yoosung’s alarm goes off at 6:30 that morning
  • he of course sleeps right through it
  • the next time he wakes up it’s already 7
  • “shit, i have class”
  • Yoosung tosses on his favorite hoodie and messily clips his hair, getting ready in about 30 seconds
  • he throws his backpack on his shoulder and heads to the bus stop
  • he takes out his phone while waiting at the bus stop
  • Yoosungs stomach starts to growl
  • “gaah. i should have grabbed some breakfast”
  • “i have an extra granola bar, if you want”
  • Yoosung whips around to see someone standing at the bus stop he hadn’t noticed before
  • they were holding out a granola bar
  • Yoosungs face lights up at the sight of FOOD
  • “thank you so much!”
  • he grabs the bar and starts to munch happily
  •  “im Yoosung, by the way”
  • “im MC”
  • Yoosung sat next to MC on the bus on the way to class
  • “you’re here on a scholarship? thats so cool!”
  • he looked amazed, like the way a little kid looks when they meet a firefighter
  • “so, Yoosung, what kind of things are you into?”
  • oh…god
  • he cant say LOLOL
  • he doesnt wanna look like a freakin nerd!!
  • “um i like…video games”
  • “really? that’s cool!”
  • cool?
  • did they really think that was cool!??
  • “can i have your number?”
  • MC blushed
  • “yea, sure”

Zen

  • if there was one thing Zen hated more than Jumin
  • it was math
  • he really does try, ok
  • but math is just??? so terrible
  • and…confusing
  • and kind of hard ok
  • the teacher had just given out a worksheet
  • and as soon as Zen looked at it
  • he just let his head fall onto his desk
  • why is his life like this
  • when will he see the sun
  • who will save him from this hel-
  • “hey, you ok?”
  • Zen looked up to see one of his class mates turned around in their chair, looking at him
  • he bolts upright, feeling embarrassed that he was drawing so much attention to himself
  • “what? me? yea im fine. totally fine”
  • “alight…”
  • as they turn back around, Zen smacks his forehead
  • that was so stupid
  • he taps them on the shoulder
  • “actually, can you help me with this? im good at a lot of things but i suck at math”
  • he smiles nervously
  • “oh, sure! this is all super simple actually”
  • “simple…? you must be a genius”
  • they laugh, which Zen wasnt expecting
  • “well, they dont give me $50,000 a year for being cute. Im MC, by the way”
  • they wink at him
  • tbh, Zen was kinda diggin this kids boldness
  • and they werent wrong, they are cute
  • “ill look forward to our study date, then”
  • Zen returns the wink

Jaehee

  • Jaehee has always been great at school
  • she even graduated from high school early
  • but that kind of changed when she got to college
  • and was forced to take a public speaking class
  • she didn’t really have stage fright
  • but her professor always told her she needed more “vocal variety”
  • “i’m afraid i dont understand, professor”
  • “Jaehee, you talk like a robot”
  • Jaehee hated that her only B in school was in speech
  • friggin public speaking was not gonna bring down her GPA
  • there was one person in Jaehee’s speech class that, according to her professor, was exceptionally good at this “vocal variety thing”
  • that was MC
  • they were always so animated while speaking
  • the way they talked just drew people in
  • Jaehee had to learn how to do that!
  • one day after class was dismissed, Jaehee called out to them
  • “MC!”
  • “oh, hello!”
  • “sorry for approaching you out of nowhere. i’m Jaehee”
  • “oh, you’re the girl who gave a six minute speech about coffee!”
  • Jaehee’s face turns red
  • “yea that was me. ANYWAY i need to ask you something”
  • “whats up?”
  • “can you help me with my next speech? i need to learn how to talk like you”
  • “talk like me?”
  • “yea”
  • MC smiles and then takes a sticky note out of their backpack, writing their number on it
  • “sure thing! just let me know when you wanna meet up”
  • from then on MC was Jaehee’s public speaking coach
  • thanks to MC, Jaehee was able to get an A in public speaking

Jumin

  • Jumin hated the fact that he had to take general education classes
  • why did he even do all that work in high school AP classes?!
  • Jumin Han, who graduated at the top of his high school class
  • now sits in a freaking humanities class
  • Jumin actually tries to look as disinterested as possible as the professor starts class
  • leaning waaaay back in his seat
  • about 10 minutes into class the sound of the door opening caught Jumins attention
  • he looked over, curious to see the poor soul that couldnt find a simple humanities class on time
  • and they were actually…kinda cute
  • they seemed shy, keeping their head down as they came into class and chose a desk in the back of the room
  • the desk that happened to be right next to Jumins
  • He felt his face get warm
  • why was his face getting warm?
  • Jumin wanted to turn his head and get a better look at the person who just came in
  • but wouldnt it be weird to just stare at them??
  • his face was still warm
  • god, i hope my face isnt red
  • it was so unlike Jumin to get flustered like this
  • were they thinking about him too?
  • Jumin’s thoughts pretty much looked like that until the end of class
  • when the person next to him got up to leave their student ID fell out of their pocket
  • Jumin picked up the ID and gave it to them
  • “i think you dropped this”
  • “oh, thank you!”
  • they turned to walk away from him
  • “im Jumin”
  • he just kind of blurted it out
  • oh my god that was so stupid
  • “nice to meet you, Jumin. im MC”
  • MC smiled brightly at him
  • maybe…it wasnt stupid
  • okay now he has to make conversation
  • how do you do that again?!
  • “where are you from?”
  • “im not from around here, actually. im here on a scholarship”
  • “a scholarship? you must be really smart”
  • MC giggles a little bit
  • did he say something wrong??? fuckfuckfuckfuckfu
  • “i guess you could say i’m pretty smart”
  • Jumin honestly thought everything he said made him sound stupid
  • but MC was still so nice to him
  • they were smart, cute, and nice…
  • they just met and it was like he couldnt get enough of them

707

  • MC was on a scholarship at a technical school
  • and after a week or so, it was time for the club fair
  • MC was especially interested in computers (tech school duh)
  • so they were talking to a few kids at the computer gaming club booth
  • MC knows computer games arent like the epitome of the college experience
  • but they can help what they like!!
  • they were talking with a club representative
  • he was blond and wore and LOLOL pin on his shirt, which happened to be one of MC’s favorite games
  • their conversation was suddenly interrupted by a red-haired kid
  • “trying to recruit more freshman into your nerd club?”
  • he was talking to the blond
  • “Seven, what are you doing here? you quit the computer gaming club” 
  • “for a good reason, you might add”
  • the representative rubs the bridge of his nose, obviously annoyed
  • “Seven, can you just-”
  • “nope! sorry, Yoosung!”
  • the red head jumps over the booth to sit the side with the other club representatives
  • he starts handing out flyers to kids who pass by saying
  • “please come to our nerd club”
  • “we meet as Yoosungs moms house on thursday nights”
  • “video games rule!”
  • the boy apparently named Yoosung rips the flyers out of Seven hands and grabs his hoodie, pulling him out of the chair
  • “okay, okay im leaving!”
  • but he didnt leave
  • instead, he introduces himself to MC
  • “hey there, im Seven. im with that blond kid”
  • “but…didnt that guy just drag you out of his booth? like literally grab you and throw you out?”
  • “thats how we say ‘i love you’”
  • MC starts to laugh
  • they honestly thought Seven was just some huge ass hole at first
  • but maybe he’s just a big goofball
  • “do you like LOLOL, too?”
  • “i guess its okay. i mean, i’m ranked number one on the shooting star server, but thats neither here nor there”
  • he runs the chord of the headphones he was wearing through his fingers
  • “oh, nice. im ranked number one back where im from”
  • “you’re not from around here?”
  • “nope. im at this school on a scholarship”
  • alight..Seven isnt easily impressed but
  • good at LOLOL and smart? count him as impressed
  • also count him as interested
  • “well i gotta get goin now, but i trust i’ll see you at Yoosung’s mom’s place this thursday?”
  • MC laughs
  • “yea, cya then”
  • as Seven turns away he puts his headphones over his ears
  • nailed it

V

  • college parties weren’t V’s favorite thing ever ok
  • he actually kind of hated them
  • drunk idiot kids? no thanks
  • danger on the roads created by drunk driving? no thanks
  • cramped apartments that smell like weed and sweat? no thanks
  • “there are better ways to spend my time”
  • but V’s friends are kind of like
  • a group of idiots
  • and they really like college parties
  • but dont like being sober
  • so they always drag him along as the “designated driver”
  • V agrees to do it because he wants to make sure his friends are all safe
  • he was at a party that night, sitting on a couch while people around him talked and danced
  • he was sippin on a can of coke
  • when someone sat down next to him on the couch
  • he didnt say anything at first, keeping to himself
  • until the person sitting beside him sneezed
  • “bless you”
  • “thanks”
  • ….
  • ….
  • “dont like parties?”
  • V was surprised they talked to him at first
  • “no, not really”
  • “me either”
  • V wonders if this person is in the same situation as him
  • “I’m V”
  • he puts out his hand
  • “i’m MC”
  • they shake his hand awkwardly probably surprised someone just shook hands at a college party
  • it takes V a second to think of something else to say
  • “why are you at a party if you dont like them?”
  • “I was invited by a couple friends, so i came along. i cant drink cause i have this big test tomorrow”
  • V nods
  • “i’ve been in your shoes before”
  • “really? you dont think i’m a nerd?”
  • he laughs a little
  • “not at all! i admire someone who takes their schooling seriously”
  • V spends the rest of the night talking to MC
  • they’re like, really cool and fun
  • this is probably the most fun V’s ever had at a college party, actually

I HOPE U LIKE THIS A LOT! THANKS FOR READING :))))