Did you go overtime on your first attempt?

<p>I just took my first try at the ACT reading section. I went 13-15 minutes overtime :( I read each passage in 3 minutes but spent around 7-10 minutes each on the questions. Will I improve my speed with practice? Anyone want to share their success?</p>

<p>When i practice, i set a timer for 9 minutes 30 seconds per section. 30 seconds less then what you should aim for. Sometimes I don’t finish, but on the real ACT you don’t get extra time. So If my timer is almost up, I just guess. I recommend practicing like the real test…</p>

<p>yes, i went superovertime the first try, dont worry you will get better as you practice more.</p>

<p>Anyone else have a story to share?</p>

<p>I can tell you that during practice tests, I went a good 6-7 minutes over. On the real thing, and don’t ask me how cuz i have no clue, I finished w/ 5 minutes remaining lol I think it was because of the adrenaline and i kept repeating to myself im not getting into Ba/MD programs . Im gona be a loser …And that kicked me to think fast as ****. Seriously, I was going lightning fast.</p>

<p>Yeah, your adrenaline goes crazy when you take the actual thing. I finished October’s reading with about 10-15 minutes left.</p>

<p>I went hella over time on the real ACT exam October 23rd, first try.
I guessed on about 30-35 questions all together maybe even more, and got an 18.
So im doing alot of prep for December exam and I now know to manage my time and answer all of the questions.
Im sure my score will go up ALOTTT!.</p>

<p>Score always goes up second time :)</p>

<p>I went over time a lot in the first ACTs I took. I manage my time better now because I have a better grasp on what I read. You either need to improve your reading comprehension (get the main gist of each paragraph or so), use your time better, look less at the clock, or start underlining key points so you can quickly refer back to them.</p>

<p>And don’t just guess questions on practice tests. Take the time to do them so you improve. Timing comes with time…heh.</p>