Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
For more standardized tests like the ACT, I have found that the best way to study is to constantly take practice tests to fine tune your strategy. If you had all the time in the world to take a test like the ACT or SAT, you could get all the questions right. However, since there are strict time limits on these tests, you must approach them with a pinpoint strategy to succeed. To find your best strategy, you need to take practice tests. By studying ACT test-taking strategies, practicing different strategies on timed subject tests, and finding what strategies were best for me, I was able to raise my ACT score from a 24, to a 30, and finally to a 33. One of my most important strategies going into the test was not getting behind on time. I figured out how fast I needed to go on each section of the test so I could work on all the questions. In the weeks prior to the third time I took the ACT (when I scored a 33), I took at least one timed subject test a day. I also took two full ACT practice tests with time limits as well. This rigorous mode of study helped me raise my ACT score 9 points and helped me get into the school I wanted to attend.
Josh from Ohio
High School Senior