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Best Way to improve ACT Scores

jclay2jclay2 Registered User Posts: 284 Junior Member
edited May 2006 in ACT Preparation
I am wondering what is the best way to prepare for the ACT. What materials did you use and how much of a change was there in your score. Also, in the reading particulary what is the best way to improve.
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Replies to: Best Way to improve ACT Scores

  • btb846btb846 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    By "studying" for a knowledge test, you are ruining the system...It is meant to see where you are at compared the rest of the country, and people like you try to screw up the results by trying to overachieve on the ACT!!
  • lousyanamomlousyanamom Registered User Posts: 208 Junior Member
    The Real ACT Prep guide is very good. My d said it came very close to the real test. The PR book was very good for strategies esp. for the Reading section. She got a 35 on the Reading-first time as a sophomore. She also took the practice test on the ACT website.
    Hope this helps.
  • inguyeninguyen Registered User Posts: 344 Member
    Silly btb846. The "system" works in our favor. If you have a problem with it, talk to ACT. They seem to think that the "system" works just fine.
  • btb846btb846 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    good for them. if they think that it is fair for people to "buy" themselves a good score ($ spent on prep), then so be it. I don't think it is fair, but I am happy iwth my score. I'm just trying to defend people like you.
  • inguyeninguyen Registered User Posts: 344 Member
    How are you defending me?
  • btb846btb846 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    You said you werent happy with your score. If people didnt buy a better ACT score, yours would not look so "bad" in your eyes.
  • inguyeninguyen Registered User Posts: 344 Member
    Well I guess your right; however, I am not happy with a 25, so I am going to retake it regardless. I am a firm believer that practice makes perfect and that good scores are not "bought" but rather earned through hard work and patience.
  • btb846btb846 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    That is true. I would say it's a little bit of both (though one could argue the hard work aspect is priceless : ) ). Good luck to you
  • inguyeninguyen Registered User Posts: 344 Member
    Well thank you. Good luck to you too!

  • mo24mo24 Registered User Posts: 329 Member
    Most local libraries should carry many if not all of the ACT prep books that people generally refer to as "the best", meaning you can check them out and study from them for free.

    So, it's less about "buying a score" than it is about making the effort and taking the patience to work hard in order to improve the score.

    Plus, the ACT is less about 'intelligence' than it is about knowledge of subject material. (at least compared to the SAT from what i've heard) How is studying for the ACT any different than reviewing material before a test in high school?
  • inguyeninguyen Registered User Posts: 344 Member
    I like you mo24; I believe that you are 100% correct!

  • katho11katho11 Registered User Posts: 1,533 Senior Member
    Um...it doesn't make any sense *not* to prepare. I didn't do nearly as much prep as a lot of folks on this site say that they have, but I went from a 30 with no practice to a 32 by simply taking a couple of practice tests out of one of those books.

    Those two little points, by the way, earned me a full ride to my school...so I'm thinking that a bit of prep is definitely desirable.
  • jennylawjennylaw Registered User Posts: 177 Junior Member
    the best way to prepare for the act ,and you definitely should prepare, is to get the books and take as many practice tests as you can. the questions are all written similarly, so you can figure out at least what types of questions you will see and you can study the things that you really need.
  • MarthaMartha Registered User Posts: 3,649 Senior Member
    i don't prepare.
  • saint_paulsaint_paul Registered User Posts: 469 Member
    Buy (or check out, or whatever) The Real ACT Prep Guide, read through it carefully, make annontations, and take the practice tests, as they resemble what the actual ACT is like. Practice, practice, practice. Sleep, and then practice some more. If you have a problem with a specific section, do a lot of review for that section (I'm not too great at math, and I used PR's four review chapters and did MUCH better on the test). If you need to improve reading, do it with past or practice ACT passages -- develop a "plan of attack" so you can knock out questions fast and accurately.

    I only took the ACT once, but that stuff definitely worked.
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