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12 Tips for Taking the ACT Test

Written by ACT | April 22, 2021
12 Tips for Taking the ACT Test

Tips For Taking the ACT Test

You're about to take a college readiness assessment, and you're probably wondering how to prepare for it. The best way to prepare for the ACT is to take challenging classes in high school. However, there are test-day tips and strategies that you can use as helpful tools before and during the ACT® test.

12 Tips for the ACT Test

  1. Gather everything you need the day before the test, including: an approved calculator, test ticket, sharpened pencils, and photo ID.
  2. Double check the registration time and location. Make sure you know how to get to the test center and how much time you should allow for travel. Plan to arrive 20-30 minutes early to get registered and settle in.
  3. Get plenty of sleep the night before the test.
  4. Wear comfortable clothing and eat a healthy breakfast the day of the test.
  5. As you get started, take a few deep breaths to calm yourself and keep a positive attitude.
  6. Listen carefully to instructions and ask questions if you hear something you don't understand.
  7. Focus your attention entirely on your work.
  8. Position your answer sheet right next to your test booklet so you can mark answers quickly and accurately.
  9. Read each question and possible responses completely before answering. If you're not sure of the answer, choose the one you think is best and move on.
  10. Be sure to answer every question—there's no penalty for guessing.
  11. Pace yourself and occasionally check the time.
  12. If you finish before time is up, reread the questions and check your answers.

Looking for more useful tips and information? Explore College & Career Planning Resources from ACT.

A version of this article originally appeared on the ACT website.

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