Need Tips? ACT!

Posted on January 19, 2009 by

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Braxton Troyer- Staff Writer

Last trimester was PSAT’s, this trimester is SAT’s, and now the ACT’s are approaching with a feeling of foreboding riding on their wings. With this threat looming over students, many are in need of quick and easy tips that will assure at least a confident attitude as impending time for testing continues to come forth. In a 2006 survey the top tips were:
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Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.

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Read the directions for each test carefully.

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Read each question carefully.

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Pace yourself—don’t spend too much time on a single passage or question.

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Pay attention to the announcement of five minutes remaining on each test.

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Use a soft lead No. 2 pencil with a good eraser; do not use a mechanical pencil or ink pen.

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Answer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones.

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On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.

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Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.

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If you complete a test before time is called, recheck your work on that test.

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Mark your answers neatly. Erase any mark completely and cleanly without smudging.

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Do not mark or alter any ovals on a test or continue writing the essay after time has been called or you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored.

For additional information and more specific tips on the ACT’s try websites such as http://www.testinfo.net, http://www.familyeducation.com and http://www.gocollege.com

 

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