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ACT Strategies

As you plan your college admissions strategy, one of the first places to start is with standardized tests. Realize though that not all exams are the same. If you decide to take the ACT, keep these test-taking tips in mind:

No Guessing Penalty: Unlike the SAT, the ACT does not deduct points for incorrect answers. This means that even if you have no idea how to answer a question, you should guess on it. Leaving answers blank on the ACT is just leaving potential points on the table, so eliminate any obviously incorrect choices first to increase your odds of getting the problem right.

Don’t over-think: The ACT is largely considered to be a straightforward test. If you find yourself running out of free space to solve a math problem, you are putting too much effort into that question.

Crack the Science Section: You don’t need to be a biology, physics, or chemistry star to ace the science section. Each passage contains the answers to the questions; it is your job to be a detective and find those answers. Ignore the tricky jargon because test-makers are just trying to trip you up.

Have good pacing: The ACT has four sections of multiple-choice questions. If you don’t have the endurance to work on math problems for an hour or to read through seven science passages in 35 minutes, take as many practice tests as possible to familiarize yourself with the test conditions.

Top Test Prep is a leader in the college admissions industry. For more advice on how you can make the most of the college admissions process and gain entrance to the school of your dreams, contact Top Test Prep today by visiting TopTestPrep.com or calling (800) 501-7737.

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