How do you avoid running out of time! help!

<p>When preparing for the ACT i did really well on the english section ( took 3 practice tests and got 31,33,32), but I didnt time myself, I thought that time wouldnt be a problem, I was wrong. When I took thereal act I was only able to answer 20 questions and just had to guess the rest. I'm smart but a slow reader.
Is it a good idea to skip the text and just answer the questions? I friend told me to read the sentence above and below the underlined words, but I'm not sure if it would work.</p>

<p>I had the same problem with the math, reading and science section.. can someone tell me how to practice not running out of time and how to avoid doing stupid things that will cause me to waste time? My timing was so bad that I only answered an average of 20 questions per section, and guessed the rest. How can I improve??? please help
I need to get a 30 or more.</p>

<p>I have the red book and PR ~1200 questions ( dont know the exact number lol)</p>

<p>You only answered 20 out of the 75 questions in english? Are you serious? There is a huge issue here... you're basically telling me it took you 2 minutes and 15 seconds per question? The passage itself should take maybe 1 or 2 minutes tops to finish. The questions should take about 20 seconds at most to answer.</p>

<p>I suggest you do what your friend suggested, but I doubt that will help you score a 30 on the English part of the exam. Your best bet is to (no offense meant, by the way) try and get an extension on your time. Because according to your current pace on English, it would take you almost 3 hours to complete the section.</p>

<p>Practice with a timer.</p>

<p>My bad, I didnt answer 20 in the English section, I think I answered like 55?</p>

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Your best bet is to (no offense meant, by the way) try and get an extension on your time.

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This is what I was going to say, but seeing you latest post, I suggest going straight to the questions (not reading un-underlined sections) and getting as much practice as possible.</p>

<p>Oh, lol, when I first read your post, I was shocked that you were only able to answer 20. </p>

<p>Buy as many practice tests as you can get your hands on, and time yourself EVERY time. I'm not sure why you practiced before without the time constraints, because almost everyone could get a 36 on the ACT if they had unlimited time. Start by giving yourself 45 minutes (I think that's how long you get for the English section..), then steadily decrease it so that you become more comfortable working quickly. Also, on test day, wear a watch!</p>

<p>English = 45, Math = 60, Reading = 35, Science = 35.</p>