Sabtu, 28 April 2012

Where To Find Free ACT Practice Tests and Videos

Smart parents will ask me where they can find free ACT practice tests. They are smart because they know that there is a lot of information out there for free and spending more money doesn't guarantee that you will get the best outcome.

Most people just assume that to get ACT practice tests they will have to spend money, usually on a 'big thick book' that has several full-length tests in it.

The Problem, Beyond Spending Money

Even if you have money to burn and no matches, spending money on practice ACT tests is usually a bad idea. The reason is that most of them are not official ACT documents, so you never know for sure how accurate the mixture is of the type of questions you are getting.

The other problem is that most of the practice tests in books at the bookstores do not break your scores for Math and English down into sub-scores the way the real ACT test does. Without analyzing the sub-scores, it is very difficult to quickly assess where you need to study in order to raise your score.

Get The Tests For Free

Every year at least one ACT test is "retired" and made available to the public. (There are always several in use so that nobody can memorize the questions) Each year these are made available as PDF files on the official ACT website and as printed workbooks sent to high school guidance counselors.

Since the ACT hasn't changed substantially in years, a practice test from last year or the year before is just as good as the current one. So go online and download the current free ACT practice test and ask your guidance counselor if there are older ones available.

You'll save money and also time diagnosing which areas you need to focus on by getting these free ACT practice tests.

Kamis, 12 April 2012

Test Dates and Deadlines

The 2013 ACT test dates and deadlines are as follows, along with important information on how to study and get a high score:

February 9th, 2013 ACT Test

Registration Deadline: January 11, 2013

April 13th, 2013 ACT Test

Registration Deadline: March 8, 2013

June 8th, 2013 ACT Test

Registration Deadline: May 3, 2013

Probably the most important thing to remember about the ACT is that you can take is more than once, and you should. Ideally, you should take it the first time at least three to four months before you retake it, so that you have plenty of time to get an ACT study course to zero in on your weak areas.

The easiest and quickest way to increase your score is by targeting only the areas that you need the most improvement on, generally in the Math and English portions of the test. However, if you scored below a 23 on either Science or Reading, there are some very simple ways to bring those scores up as well.

The most important key to increasing your test score is that you spend enough time on learning the simple test-taking skills that will get you through the questions quickly and easily. Most students make the mistake of spending all their time studying the content; that is, the Math and English and Science and Reading.

With good test taking skills, you will be able to save a lot of time and not feel so rushed during th test. Then you will be less stressed and make fewer "stupid" mistakes, which brings up your score. Add to that, the test-taking skills will help you guess much better and get even more questions right.

So when you are looking at the 2013 ACT test dates and registration deadlines, consider that you need to also look into a simple ACT study course that will teach you those skills.