On hearing anything about the ACT mentioned, many students are filled with anxiety or sometimes just frustration. The ACT is a standardized test for high school achievement used by most colleges to select students during admissions. Although this test is important, it truly does not measure a student’s intelligence level. Taking the test is simply a skill, which can be learned with time and effort. If you personally do not excel at taking standardized tests, it does not mean you will automatically not be able to get into college.
One of the best things for most people is to take an ACT prep class, or if you need more individual help, there are personal tutors that will help you in the specific areas you are struggling in. Now, before you go ahead and sign up for a prep class, it is best to take the ACT one time first with no prep. This simply shows where you are to start with, if you do really need help, and what areas you struggle with most.
Besides taking an ACT prep course, there are a few other small tips that can help you have an overall better ACT experience. First off, make sure you have everything ready the night before. It sounds simple, but not having to scramble in the morning to make sure you have everything can save you a lot of stress and help prevent you from being late and missing the test. Another helpful tip is to bring some sort of mint with you into the testing room. After getting halfway through the test, many students find it harder and harder to concentrate; and it has been shown that peppermint can help keep one more focused and alert. Finally, it is vital to stay focused and not let your environment distract you during the test. Whether it is someone in front of you tapping a pencil or a pack of wild dogs running loose throughout the school while you are taking the test (which actually did happen for a group of test takers last year), you have to learn how to tune out everything but the test you are currently taking.
So even though the ACT is not fun, there are things you can do to make it a little less stressful.