Studying for the ACT is one of the most important things your kid will do during their high school career, and as such, it should be the foremost thing on a your list of “to do” items as a parent. There are many ways to guarantee that your child will achieve the best results he/she can.
The first thing you should do as a parent is to find out all you can about the test itself. The ACT is a “timed test, with 215 questions on each test.” ( studyguidezone) “It is important to also know that the student is not penalized for wrong answers, so a student should guess if they are absolutely confused about an answer.” (studyguidezone) Guessing at the confusing answers will give students plenty of time to tackle the questions that they are more familiar with.
Another thing, as a parent, you need to know is that your child can take the ACT more than once. Often times students are recommended to first take the test their sophomore year so that they are more prepared for it during their junior year. All you will need to do if you would like your student to take the test outside of the school setting is contact your local college, or school counselor for alternate test dates.
When preparing for the test itself, it is important to first concentrate on the areas where your student may have problems. Studyguidezone.com offers tests for free download. Once your child has taken the practice exam, you will know where you child needs extra help, not just which subjects but which areas of the different subjects. For example, if he/she doesn’t do well in math they may understand geometry but need more practice in Algebra.
Local libraries often times have books set aside full of practice exams these are also helpful, because they will have more than one copy of the practice tests. Taking different sample tests will allow the student to practice different problems.
With regards to the Reading and English sections of the test, I would recommend having the student spending some time practice speed drills. This will help them get through the test faster. There are many shareware programs available to use for practice at sharewareconnection.com.
Another important, and probably the most important, tip when taking the Reading practice exam or the actual exam itself, is to have your student read the questions first. By doing this the student can find the exact information the questions are wanting. This will help to shave some time off this section of the test as well. Studying for the ACT is a rewarding experience.
As a personal note, the first time I took my ACT I scored a 24. But, my math grade was only an 18, while I scored a 36 on both the Reading and the English sections of the test. Because my math grade was so low I didn’t qualify for the state scholarships to my college. So, I took it again and after following the tips I laid out I raised my math grade to a 19 and was awarded a full academic scholarship.
ACT Study Guide Download at: http://www.studyguidezone.com/acttest.htm. Retrieved from the world wide web on February 18, 2009.
Speed Reading Drills at: http://www.sharewareconnection.com/titles/speed-reading-software.htm. Retrieved from the world wide web on February 18, 2009.