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How to get a 30 - HELP

studid55studid55 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
Hello all, for the past few months I have seen my older brother, he just turned 18 yesterday, struggle to get a 30 on the ACT in order to get a "free ride" to Tulsa University for all 4 years of collage. So far, he is also a senior, his highest score is a 27 on his first try. He took it again and got a 25. I am not sure how many times he is going to take it to get a 30, but I want to get a 30+ on my first or second time. Also, my brother never studied for the ACT, and I am a sophomore in high school so I have a while. I am wanting to know what I should study to make (almost) for sure that I will get a 30. I am willing to fork out about 50 bucks max to get a book. How did some people out here get to their "dream score"? Almost anything will help! It could be a 2 year plan and I could do it! Thanks!

Replies to: How to get a 30 - HELP

  • dancegirl98dancegirl98 Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    Hello! I'm a junior and I just took my ACT for the first time in February. My composite score was a 34, and they haven't given us our essay scores yet. I plan on retaking it one more time in April or June just to see if I can get a 35 or a 36. It's great that you're being so proactive about the ACTs. I didn't even know they existed until the beginning of this year! I do have a tutor, and she's terrific. However, you really don't need a tutor to do well on the ACTs.

    The ACT is divided into four sections (the fifth section is the essay and it's optional, but I would take it if I were you). English, Math, Reading, and Science. The English section is 75 questions and 45 minutes long. The Math is 60 questions and 60 minutes long. The Reading is 40 questions and 35 minutes long, and so is the Science.
    The questions are honestly quite repetitive if you ask me, and if you analyze the tests well, you'll be able to figure out that pattern and do well on the test.

    If I were you, I would buy The Real ACT Prep Guide by Peterson's. They make the actual ACT test, and they have five full length practice tests with answers and explanations for every single problem. I would start out by taking a full practice test with no prep whatsoever (if you have some already then that's fine too). Score yourself, and go over every single mistake you made and figure out why you made that mistake. Start with the section you find the hardest. Keep working on it (time yourself and do as many sections as you can) until you're satisfied with what you get. Work your way through all of the sections like that. The ACT is very repetitive, and all the problems are similar. Keep doing problems over and over again, and make sure you're analyzing your mistakes because that will really guarantee that you know what you're doing. You'll eventually crack the test! Good luck to you- I know you can get over a 30 and if you need any other tips or help, you can message me!
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