Wondering how to use a practice ACT test to raise your score?
Well, maybe you aren’t. You might think it’d be stupid to ask how to use a practice ACT test.
Just remember, there are no stupid questions.
Well, actually, there are. I just won’t make fun of you for them.
Using ACT practice tests to raise your score can be elusive if you don’t do it correctly, though. This article just might be what you need to get to your target score.
Yep. This article might be life-changing.
Choose Your ACT Practice Test Wisely
You have an ACT practice test.
I have a table in a cafe full of drunks slowly sobering as they laugh raucously and eat chicken tenders.
You might have no advantage over me when it comes to test prep.
You see, not all practice tests are created equal.
If yours isn’t a realistic simulation of an actual ACT test, it may only be as useful to you as a cafe full of drunks.
See how it connects?!!
We have lots of practice tests, because lots of people like to write practice tests. Only some of them will be useful for understanding what your ACT will be like, though. Make sure the practice tests you use contain questions of the same caliber as those on the ACT.
If you’re not sure, I’ve got a list of recommended Practice ACT tests here.
Seriously, St. Patrick’s Day must’ve been incredible for these people.
I don’t envy the hangover they’ll have in the morning.
Simulate Test Day
While you want to practice whenever and however you can, at least a few times, you need to block out three hours and completely recreate an ACT test day.
Don’t lay in the floor and work the problems; sit at your desk/table and act like you’re in that classroom on Saturday morning.
Set time alarms for each section.
Take a 15 minute break between math and reading.
Practice ignoring your surroundings (like a cafe full of people slurring words and playing “Would you rather…?”) and focusing on answering the questions.
Review Your Test Scores
If you’re looking to make progress, you need to review your test scores. As you try different strategies for the ACT, it’s important you keep track of what works and what doesn’t.
This is also analogous in life, as my fellow cafe-goers would probably be less drunk had they ever kept a list of the pros and cons of being as inebriated as they currently are.
Definitely watch to see whether your score is climbing or hitting a plateau, though.
You’ll refine your techniques as you see what’s improving your performance and also what’s slowing you down.
Crushing the ACT is about being prepared, and the best test prep is experience.
Practice ACT tests are a way to get that experience without having to even leave your house.
Stay sober, my friends.
Saying mazel tov seems like an oxymoron after that last caution, but…
Mazel tov anyway,