You will need to monitor your pacing very carefully on the ACT, since you only have one minute or less for each question! Check out the following chart to see exactly how much time you'll have on each section of the test.
While timed tests can be daunting, there are some great tricks for managing your time and maximizing your ACT score -- knowing these quick tips will help you pace yourself more carefully.
You will use slightly different pacing strategies on each section of the ACT, but one trick that works on the whole test is filling in the answer bubbles on the Scantron answer sheet as quickly as possible. Work your test booklet one page at a time, circling your answers right in the booklet. Then bubble in the answers for that page all at once. Make sure you do this one page at a time -- you don't want to run out of time to transfer all your answers to the Scantron sheet after you've worked all the questions!
You should also choose a letter of the day. This will be your answer when all else fails. Read on for how to use your letter of the day on each ACT test.
Finding your strategy for the Reading Test will require some practice. If you have strong reading comprehension but work slowly, then spending your test time working fewer passages and using your letter of the day for any questions on passages you didn't get to may be an effective way of achieving your goal score.
If you struggle with reading comprehension, your strategy should be to work every passage, answer the questions about which you feel confident and use your letter of the day for the rest. Try both strategies on practice tests and compare your scores.
If you finish all the easy questions and all the questions you circled, go back to those you crossed out. Even if you're not sure how to answer them correctly, do any answers jump out as wildly wrong? If you can cross out one or two answer choices, you'll increase your odds of guessing the correct answer.
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