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How to get an act of 34-36

treasurehuntertreasurehunter Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
edited June 2011 in ACT Preparation
I took the SAT in March and got 2120. This converts to probably 30 on an ACT, but I have to score above 34 on the September test. WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLE. Therefore, I DESPERATELY need help! Please tell me which prep class is best, which book to get, and any useful strategies or methods you have used during your ACT prep. I really appreciate your help! Thnx!
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Replies to: How to get an act of 34-36

  • crazyspaz27crazyspaz27 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I got the same score on my SAT but when I took the ACT in June I got a 35. Personally, I did not prep at all, but after taking it, I can tell you that by far the best way to do better is to do practice tests and time yourself. The timing was by far the hardest part and if I had practiced that, I would probably have gotten a 36. So make sure you do that. And by the way, the SAT score is not a good indicator of ACT score. The tests are significantly different and you shouldn't let your SAT score discourage you. A 34 is definitely doable with a 2120.
  • gooberboardgooberboard Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    Personally I'm against not prepping. Your SAT score roughly translates to a 32, which is an admirable score. A 34 is about a 2250. I got a 34 on my ACT after a 2030 SAT, this is what I did.

    I prepped A LOT - couple weeks before the test I made sure I understood all the math formulas and basic english grammar. I also recommend that you DO NOT read the Science background information and go straight to the diagrams. As for reading, I didn't really have a set structure ... but don't be afraid to jump around passages.

    The week of the test I did tons of practice. That is the best way to score big, tons of practice.

    Books I used:
    1296 ACT practice questions by Princeton Review
    The book is slightly harder than the real deal, however it wasn't significantly harder and it prepped me very well.
  • liv4physiczliv4physicz - Posts: 2,295 Senior Member
    I got like a 2030 (2080 superscored) SAT but a 35 ACT....
  • statlantastatlanta Registered User Posts: 732 Member
    I barely prepped - I took a practice test the night before. The best advice I can offer you is to pace yourself and know your math. You also need some luck; anybody who gets 34-36 has a little bit of luck involved.
  • liv4physiczliv4physicz - Posts: 2,295 Senior Member
    ^ agreed. Science could've been a lot worse for me, but luckily the "fighting scientists" passage was about physics (which I love) and not something like bio.
  • karaokemachinekaraokemachine Registered User Posts: 910 Member
    I've done some practice problems, and the test seems pretty easy, but people tell me the curve is insane. Basically, if you miss one problem, you're down to a 35 in that section already. Is it really that brutal?
  • liv4physiczliv4physicz - Posts: 2,295 Senior Member
    ^ depends. this time (June act), you could miss 1 and still get a 36 (as I did) because it was a harder test than usual so it was curved like this.
  • treasurehuntertreasurehunter Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    Thank you to everyone that replied. What prep classes did you guys go to? Does anyone have a curve that says what raw score = what total score?
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