Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
The strategies that work for me are to use study guides if the teacher provides them, and if not I make my own flash cards and practice quizzes with questions I think might be on the test. This tactic has been successful for me over and over again, especially in a zoology course I took. I feel the course closely resembled the pacing and difficulty of a college course, even though it was taught at the high school level. Coming up with potential test questions helps me to learn the material through repetition. I keep on taking the tests until I score perfectly.
A similar strategy delivered success for me on the ACT. The summer before my junior year of high school I took dozens of practice tests, not ones I made, but sample ACT portions provided by a testing company. After I completed each sample test, I went back and tried to understand what I had done wrong on the questions I missed. One again, repetition paid off.
When I took the actual ACT, I was surprised to find the real test was easier than the practice tests had been. I scored a 34 out of 36 on the test. I had learned this tactic from someone who had scored a perfect 36.
Armed with the test taking skills I have gained in high school, I am ready for college and whatever the professors throw at me.
Justin from Minnesota
High School Senior
Wayzata High School