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1. Develop a study plan.

Once you have registered for the ACT and have a test date confirmed, develop a study schedule. Plan what you are going to study on a particular day, when you will study, where you will study, how long you will study and your goals for each day. Stick to your plan.

2. Review key foundational Math concepts.

A thorough review of the Math concepts you have learned in your pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry classes is very important! It is essential to have a strong foundation and understanding of key terms and equations before you begin applying this knowledge to ACT Math problems.

3. Identify areas of weakness.

Focus on turning your weaknesses into strengths.

4. Practice, Practice, Practice!

Similar to anything in life that you have mastered, learning how to complete the types of problems on the ACT is no exception. It takes hard work and a lot of practice to become fluent in a new language and to learn how to swim. Similarly, it takes hard work and practice to master the concepts covered on the ACT.

5. Simulate a real testing environment when studying.

You will have 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete the full ACT (including the Writing test). Treat your study time as if you are taking the real exam. Block out all distractions, limit interruptions and focus throughout your study hours. This will be good training for the real exam.

6. Time yourself.

The ACT is divided into 4 or 5 sections, depending on if you opt to take the Writing test in addition to the English, Math, Reading, and Science tests. You have 30 minutes to answer the questions in the Writing section, 35 minutes for the Science section, 35 minutes for the Reading section, 45 minutes for the English section, and 60 minutes for the Mathematics section. Refer to the table below to see a breakdown of the sections and the time allotment for each. For the Math section, you are allotted 60 minutes for 60 questions. That is one minute per question, on average. Identify the shortest method to get to the correct answer. For example, for the Math section, sometimes solving a problem algebraically is the quickest way to get to the answer. Other times, using a strategy such as Pick-A-Number or Back-Solve is the quickest method.

7. Take as many full-length practice tests as possible.

Practicing the entire test without any breaks is good practice for the real test. Most students have trouble focusing for an extended period of time. Practice getting into your zone and blocking out distractions. Practice sitting in the same chair at a desk for 3 hours and 30 minutes.