3 Day ACT Study Plan

September 5, 2017

This Sunday many of you will take the ACT. Below is a study plan for those who plan to take the ACT and need a quick cram course.

Disclaimer: One week is certainly not enough time to fully prepare for the ACT or the SAT. However, I realize that many of you have not started preparing whatsoever. Remember, the best time to start preparing is NOW. The earlier you start, the more prepared you will be come test day. If you want to get a great score on the ACT or the SAT, it is important that you consistently practice for 2+ months with a peer tutor and individual practice.

When practicing, make sure that you find a quiet space with no distractions. Turn your phone on airplane mode and only use it as a timer!

 

Day 1:

Watch the following videos for a quick English + Math content review. Make sure to take CAREFUL notes on each video. These concepts will appear on the test!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp2cbK5vO9U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwiuXFIY2i4

Practice with test questions made by the test makers (the red book or past tests). If you do not have this material, contact your local Top Tier Learning branch and we can provide you with top notch study material. Make sure to complete 1 Math section and 1 English section. Additionally, make sure to keep track of your time on these sections!

 

Day 2:

Read the following blogs

http://blog.prepscholar.com/how-to-get-36-on-act-reading-11-strategies-from-a-perfect-scorer

http://blog.prepscholar.com/the-big-secret-of-act-science-its-more-reading-than-science

Once again, practice with test questions made by the test makers (the red book or past tests). Make sure to complete 1 Reading section and 1 Science section. Additionally, make sure to keep track of your time on these sections!

Now, grade each section that you’ve worked on so far. Take time to review each question that you missed. This is where a tutor is most valuable! After you’ve finished diligently reviewing each test, calculate your composite score. Now, you have a feel for what you’re going to score on the ACT.

 

Day 3:

https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf

Take the above test as if it were the actual exam. Strictly time yourself and simulate a realistic test taking environment. Once again, review your results diligently with a peer tutor. Your score on this practice test should give you a solid indicator of what you’ll score on the actual exam. The morning of the test, make sure to quickly review all the questions you missed so that you don’t make the same mistakes twice.

Author

Giovanni Zinzi