My scores decrease as I take more practice tests...

<p>I am really really discouraged right now.</p>

<p>Before I took the ACTs in June, I took one practice test out of the official book. I then took the real ACT, and I've been taking practice tests out of the PR book during the summer. One would think that my scores will be increasing as time and experience mount, but the results have been quite the contrary.</p>

<p>The following have been my results in chronological order, organized in the following format:</p>

<p>Subsection: (Score before June ACT), (June ACT), (PR Test #1), (PR Test #2)</p>


<p>English: 29, 31, 29, 28
Math: 35, 35, 31, 30
Reading: 29, 27, 25, 23
Science: 33, 25, 27, 24</p>

<p>As you can see, there is a STEADY STEADY DOWNWARD TREND. What the heck is going on? I haven't changed my approach or anything! Were my first two tests just pure luck?? Or is PR messing me up? I had heard that PR was the best ACT book so I purchased it.. and their practice tests are OWNING me.</p>

<p>I am retaking the test this September, and I am VERY VERY scared. Does anyone have any suggestions?</p>

<p>I have 5 more "real ACT" tests (from the old book, new book, and the actual June test), but I don't want to waste the real tests until I feel confident that I will score higher.</p>

<p>My practice SATs went into a slump (my last practice test was my lowest score ever) but then bounced up again on the real test, and actually surpassed my highest score. A number of things could be affecting you, I would look over what kind of questions you're getting wrong, and be very conscious of them as you take the test.</p>