ACT- what should I do to get the score I want?

<p>Hey everyone,
so I took the ACT for the first time in June, and my ACT score was not bad, but it could use some work. (26 composite, the scores are as follows:)
English: 254
Math: 25
Reading: 30
Science: 23 (my lowest)
Essay: 8</p>

<p>I am thinking of going to the University of Georgia ( it is my dream school) and I want to apply the Early Decision in October. So what do you think I should do? (I already grabbed the PR book and started on science, writing, and english for some self-study.) But do you think I can pull it up to a 31? ( the score for the honor college there.) Any thoughts, suggestions?</p>

<p>Also, should I take the SAT? I already took it once, and I scored all right on it, but I want to get a good score before I apply to UGA. (my ACT score will really be the one on the application due to the deadline.) </p>

<p>Thanks. :)</p>

<p>Well you should definitely buy the Real ACT Prep book, and print their practice tests from the ACT website. That should be at least 5 real practice tests that you can take. Make sure as the testing date comes along that you properly time yourself under realistic testing conditions being that the time limits are a major factor.</p>

<p>For strategy/study go to your local library, as they should have a decent amount of prep books in stock. Princeton Review's Cracking the ACT is pretty good, but I have found Barron's ACT 36 to be very useful along with Dissecting the ACT 2.0. </p>

<p>Just make sure you thoroughly review every wrong answer and even the ones you got right but weren't too sure about. Otherwise just keep practice consistent, ideally 1+ hours a day in the beginning, with more full length practice tests as the test date approaches.</p>

<p>Thanks so much! Yeah the time factor wasn't too bad on the real test but I am going to follow that strategy. I already started, so thanks a bunch!</p>