Do I have to memorize the periodic table to get ready for the ACT?

By ACT Practice Tests - Last updated: Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The simple answer is no.  Most of the science test is about your ability to read and interpret data, often in the form  of graphs, tables, or other descriptions of scientific data.  It does help to have a basic understanding of science, but almost all of the questions can be answered strictly from the data provided–you don’t have to know anything else in preparation.

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Free ACT Test Questions for Your Calculator

By ACT Practice Tests - Last updated: Monday, September 7, 2009

id you know you can get free ACT Test questions that you can load onto your TI graphing calculator? Click here to download a file that you can load onto your calculator.  Practice anytime, anywhere.

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ACT Test Prep Takes Work

By ACT Practice Tests - Last updated: Friday, January 23, 2009

Like most worthwhile things, doing well on the ACT test takes work. It is unreasonable to think that just because you have taken it several times, that your score will necessarily increase. The good news is that with some effort, perseverance, and focus, you can increase your ACT test score dramatically.

ACT practice tests should be an important part of your ACT test preparation strategy. Using them effectively will help maximize the benefit out of the time that you put into preparation.

There are two important ways you should use the ACT practice tests to prepare for the ACT test. The first is to use practice tests to increase your test taking speed. One of the big hurdles on the ACT test, is time. If you can figure out ways to speed up taking the test, you’ll have more time left to think about your answers and double check your answers, and you’ll have more time to spend working on the harder problems.

Using practice tests is a great way to practice test taking strategies that you have learned. Practicing those strategies should be a very important part of your preparation. It usually isn’t enough to just know strategies. You have to practice applying them so that when you are in the actual test, applying the strategies will be second nature. This will allow you to get through the test quicker, leaving you time to deal with problems that may take more time. In addition, the ACT test is designed to test your billing to finish all the questions and the designated time. Most students, on the average, can fit finish in the designated time. But you will have an advantage if you can speed up taking the test.

The second important way you should use practice tests in your ACT test preparation strategy, is to find your weaknesses and then correct them. Known your weaknesses will allow you to focus on and correct them. For example, if you find that you have problems answering plane geometry questions on the math tests, and you should spend some time working on understanding that area. This will also allow you more time to focus on difficult problems.

If you’ll spend regular time preparing for the ACT you can almost guarantee that you will improve. Don’t forget, that it does take work. Nothing comes for free. Giving a little time and effort each day will return you big rewards in the end.

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Format of the ACT English Test

By ACT Practice Tests - Last updated: Sunday, January 11, 2009

The ACT English test consists of five passages with 15 questions for each passage, for a total of 75 questions.

There are 40 questions based on usage and mechanics, and 35 questions based on rhetorical skills. There aren’t any questions on spelling or vocabulary, although having a good vocabulary will help you be able to answer certain types of questions.

The usage and mechanics questions focus on punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure.

Punctuation questions ask you to identify and correct misplaced, missing, or unnecessary punctuation marks. In questions dealing with punctuation, the words in each answer may be identical. The only difference will be in punctuation. Make sure you read the chance are carefully to understand the difference.

Grammar questions require you to choose the best words based on grammar and usage. Subject and a verb agreement, verb forms, use of adjectives and adverbs, pronoun forms, and verb forms are all part of the grammar portion of the test.

Sentence structure questions test your ability to form sentences effectively. These questions will use comma splices, sentence fragments, shifts in verb tense or voice, and other similar constructs to test your knowledge of sentence structure.

The other main area that is tested by the English test is your rhetorical skills. These questions look at writing strategy, organization, and style. Writing strategy questions look at the choices and strategies used by a writer. You may have to determine the appropriateness of a sentence, considering the purpose and audience of the passage.

Organization questions are about the order and coherence of the ideas in the passage and whether opening or closing statements are effective.

If you understand the type of question you are answering, it may improve your chance of being able to correctly answer the questions on the ACT English test.

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Guessing on the ACT Test

By ACT Practice Tests - Last updated: Saturday, January 10, 2009

Guessing can be an important part of your ACT test taking strategy. Unlike the SAT, you’re not penalized for guessing on the ACT. On the SAT, when you get an answer wrong, your score is decreased by a certain amount. Not so an the ACT test.

Hear some important tips that you may want to consider in incorporating guessing into your test taking strategy.

For many students, it is difficult to answer every question on the ACT. You should always leave enough time at the end of each test section to guess at the questions you have not answered yet. You should never leave a question unanswered on the ACT test. You won’t get docked for wrong answers and you have a 25 percent chance of getting the right answer.

Of course, if you can eliminate one of the answers, you dramatically increase your possibility of guessing the correct answer. If you are guessing out of three answers, you have a 33% chance of guessing the correct answer. That’s a lot better than 25%. And if you can eliminate two of the answers, now you have a 50% chance of guessing the right answer. If you have time, always check to see if you can eliminate any answers before guessing.

If you find yourself spending a lot of time on one question, it might be better to guess and move on. It’s usually better to spend your time on questions that you know you can answer rather than taking a lot of time on questions that are hard for you. Like before, if you can quickly eliminate any of the answers before you guess, you should do so.

If I guess an answer, I like to circle the question so that if I have time at the end of the test, I know which questions I might want to go back and revisit.

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ACT Practice Tests – Why you Must Have the Real ACT Prep Guide

By ACT Practice Tests - Last updated: Wednesday, December 31, 2008
ACT practice tests are essential to your preparation for the ACT and this guide is an essential part of your practice and preparation. Why? One simple reason:
It is published by the creators of the ACT test and is the only guide that offers authentic ACT questions.
Of course there are other reasons as well, but this is the most important. If you are going to spend the time taking ACT practice tests, why wouldn’t you want to use actual tests? It will give you a feel for the flow of the test and the types of questions on the test. Other guides try to get close, but they vary greatly in how true they are to the actual ACT test. The best way to prepare for the ACT test is to practice with real problems. Period.
If this reason isn’t enough, look at these additional benefits:

This guide will not give you a lot of specific information on how to crack the ACT. There is some information that you can glean from the guide to help with that but you will be better off with something like the ACT Exam Secrets Study Guide or ACT Exam Flashcard Secrets for that information. But for having actual ACT practice tests to use, there is none better than the Real ACT Prep Guide. Click here for more information about the Real ACT Prep Guide.

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Homeschooled student scores perfect 36 on ACT – Huntington Herald Dispatch

By ACT Practice Tests - Last updated: Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Homeschooled student scores perfect 36 on ACT
Huntington Herald Dispatch, WV – Sep 3, 2008
Even with all the good study habits she has passed on, a perfect ACT score wasn’t part of the plan. “I knew he’d do well; he’s a very bright young man,” she


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Garrett Dupre's perfect ACT score – The INDsider

By ACT Practice Tests - Last updated: Monday, August 25, 2008

From the Independent Weekly in Indiana:

“Garrett Dupre, a 17-year-old senior at Ascension Episcopal School, aced the ACT exam, one of only five students in the state to score a perfect 36 during the 2007-2008 testing period.

More impressive is that Dupre is among the 162 students out of 410,000 nationally who took the test in June and got a perfect score.”

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Greenville Tech Charter School Student Gets Perfect ACT Score – News Channel 7

By ACT Practice Tests - Last updated: Friday, August 15, 2008

GTCHS senior George Johnston was one of three students statewide to receive a 36 on the ACT test.

Johnston, who took the test in April, was one of 172 to receive the highest possible score out of 490,000 in the nation and abroad to take the test that month.

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Use ACT Practice Tests to Prepare for June ACT Test

By ACT Practice Tests - Last updated: Sunday, April 13, 2008

Now that the April ACT test is over, it is time to get ready for the June ACT Test. Most schools will take the best of your scores, so there is no reason not to the ACT test again and see if you can improve your score.

Using ACT practice tests is one of the most important tools you have in getting ready for the test. If you haven’t downloaded the ACT sample test booklet yet, download it here now. The June ACT test will take place on June 14, 2008 so there is plenty of time to prepare for it still. Today’s ACT test scores will be available online starting April 23. It might be worth checking your scores out so you can decide if you want to take the ACT test again and get registered.

Check back here often for tips on using ACT practice tests to improve your ACT test scores

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