Hey everyone! I'm a new member who's recently gotten back into school. I never took my ACT's in high school, because I dropped out and got a GED due to some issues in my life at the time. Now I'm 26 and back in school finally, and going to my local community college.
I'm mainly working on refresher courses right now and through next semester, but next year I'll really be starting on my college course work. I'm majoring in math, and physics with an emphasis on astrophysics. I'm going to be getting my associates at the school I'm at now, which is Sauk Valley Community College, in Dixon, IL. After that, I'm planning on transferring to a 4 year university to get my bachelors...and then moving onward and upward from there, to shoot for a PhD eventually. Some of the schools I'm planning on applying to require ACT scores though, so I'm going to have to start getting ready for that soon. I won't actually be taking them for another year and a half or so, once I get some more math out of the way. It's never too early to get started though.
What I'm looking for is whatever materials I'm going to need to start getting prepared. Free materials are ideal of course.
What areas do I really need to focus on? Both English and reading are really strong subjects for me...I'm in English 101 right now, and maintaining about a 99% currently. I'll be going into 103 next semester as well. Reading is a very strong subject, as I've been a constant reader for my entire life.
Math is a strong subject for me, but I did have to start with intermediate algebra, because I never went beyond that in high school. I'm at about 99% in that class right now though, and I'll be taking geometry and intermediate algebra next semester, and hopefully college algebra and trig at the same time over the coming summer semester...then I'll be ready to start calculus at the beginning of the next academic year. What areas of math are included on the ACT's? If my plan goes the way I'm anticipating, I should be done with at least part of the calculus sequence before I take my ACT's, should this be sufficient?
What areas are included in the science section? I'm taking intro to Chemistry next semester, and the General Chemistry sequence next year. Next year I'll also be either taking General Physics I and II, or possibly bypassing General Physics II, and starting Engineering Physics I in spring semester of next year. I'm also planning on taking a biology course for my life science elective, but I don't know if I'll end up having that class done before I have to take my ACT's or not. Are there any other scientific fields I need to brush up on before taking the ACT's?
I've still got probably a year and a half or so before I'll actually be taking the ACT's, but it's never too early to start getting prepared. Any study materials or practice tests I can get would certainly be quite helpful.
Thanks in advance for any help.