Tips to do well on the ACT

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Tips to do well on the ACT

So many people stress about taking the ACT and how to get a good score, and there is no sure way to do perfect, but there are some tips to help.

First off, choose your ‘letter of the day’, which is basically just the letter that you pick when you have absolutely no idea what the answer is. It’s important to choose just one letter because it will give you greater probability of getting it right. Statistically speaking, B and C are the most common correct answer.

Second, make sure that you have eaten all meals up until that point. Your brain is able to think more clearly when you’re not worrying about eating. And also bring snacks with you to eat during the break.

Next, Get a good night’s sleep. It sounds like a cliche but it really is important to be well-rested when taking the test.

Don’t go back and change answers. More often than not, your first guess will be better than your second. Unless you are 100% sure that you know the correct answer, don’t second guess anything.

Next, pace yourself. This one is pretty obvious because it is a timed test. In order to get the highest score possible, fill out every question, even if you have to guess. At about 5 minutes to the end of each section, fill out the rest of the questions that are unanswered with your ‘letter of the day’, very lightly with your pencil, but continue working.

Most importantly, stay calm and don’t spend too long on a single question. Move on if you don’t know something. As for the essay section, mainly focus on your intro and conclusion, because of the way it is graded, these paragraphs will benefit you the most if you do well on them.