You know your SAT and ACT scores will impact your college acceptance, but what is the best way to study for the dreaded standardized tests? Some people breeze through these life-altering tests in no time with zero stress, others need to mentally prepare themselves.
It’s getting down to the wire. You’ll need to send off your applications soon and you can’t do so without submitting your scores first.
Use these helpful tips to know best study practices for the SAT and ACT.
Take a Prep Class
Prep classes can be found online and your guidance counselor will probably start making you aware of opportunities in your area to take a college exam preparation course in person.
Taking a preparation course will not only familiarize you with the style and makeup of the test, it will help you learn your weaknesses. Seeing the types of questions you missed will help you know which concepts you need to spend more time on.
Read a Lot
Everyone should read a lot. But, let’s be honest, you’ve probably got better things to do than read non-fiction to boost your vocabulary for the ACT, right? If you want to get into the college of your dreams or the community college down the road, you need to at least pass these standardized tests.
Really read those books your AP English teacher assigns. Not just the CliffsNotes. You’ll be glad you did when you get your scores.
Use Free Online Resources
The Khan Academy is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free college exam preparation to students. Check out all the free sample questions (and donate, if you’re able!)
Practice Makes Near-Perfect
Yes, it’s a cliche. But practice does make perfect. You’re one step closer to acing your college entrance exams if you just power through and get ‘er done!
Take and retake all the practice exams online. Read all the books you can get your hands on. Practice mental math. Using all of the tips and tricks will give you the confidence you need when you sit down with your No. 2 pencil and spend hours on these bad boys.
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