ACT Preparation: Top 9 Test Tips
- There is no penalty for guessing so answer EVERY question.
- Follow the ACT Instructions: The cover of the test booklet has these instructions.
- Each of the four tests (math, science, reading and english) have their own instructions to read carefully.
- Don't spend too much time on any single question.
- Use a soft lead No. 2 pencil with a good eraser.
- Answer the easiest questions first.
- On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.
- Mark your answers properly. Erase any mark completely and cleanly.
- Listen for the announcement of 5 minutes left on each test.
The ACT is a college entrance examination administered to evaluate a high school student's ability to perform college level work. The test is typically given to students in their junior year of high school. Questions are asked in four sections: math, reading, English and science. To find out more about the ACT, read our ACT Test Guide and Interview with Karl Schellscheidt, ACT test expert.