In a previous article I explained the importance of having the right mindset about the ACT test but I didn't expand on the type of study schedule you need to have. For most, hacking at the test seems to be the best option but in reality it's a losing a situation because they lose out on more college money.
This part of the pie (developing a study schedule and yourself) is vital to improving your score. And while there are those occasional lucky students who claim to not do anything and score high, it's better to be safe rather than sorry as was the case for me.
You need to start thinking about setting time aside for each section. I scheduled my study time for at least 5 days out of the week (sometimes less because I was tired) for the following three 3 months before the next test.
It wasn't anything too hard to do and I spent enough time (About 15-45 minutes) on Grockit.com and a book called the ACT Cram Plan to understand the concepts for each section. Also, you can divide up four weeks that you have in a month for each of the four sections or just focus on one section at a time but it comes down to what works best for you.
Then at the end of the month you need take a test on the complete section that you studied. For example, if you studied for the math section, at the end of the month, you need to take the math part of the ACT test to keep up with your progress.
If you see that you have improved then congratulations. Now, you just need to rinse and repeat. For those of you who want to closely mimic the exam day according to the ACT guidelines then you really need to buy ACT online prep from actstudent.org. This is a great way to get as real as possible plus it's only about $20.
Just make sure you are in an area where it's quit and you can concentrate because the goal is to mimic the same feel and restrictions you will have during the real test. This alone makes a big difference because it helps you jump into the right mindset instead of being distracted. I hope this helps and if you have any additional advice make sure to share it in the comments box below.
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