Preparing for the April ACT

With the official ACT date of April 8th just around the corner, there are a few things to keep in mind during the days leading up to the test.

First, stick to the study schedule you established for yourself. Instead of trying to cram several additional full-length practice tests in right before test day, review the questions you missed on previous practice tests. During the last few days leading up to the test, spend around 30-45 minutes reviewing each day. Focus your review on concepts you’re still uncertain about or on sections that you feel require extra study. Spend one day reviewing math concepts, one day reviewing English and grammar, and one day practicing a timed science section. Consider taking the day before the test to prepare yourself mentally. Follow your typical routine and make sure to exercise, eat well, and get plenty of sleep the night before the test.

In addition, be certain you have everything you need ready the night before the test. Scrambling to find #2 pencils on the morning of will not help in reducing test-anxiety. Also, don’t forget to eat a balanced breakfast on the morning of the test! A growling, hungry stomach is the last distraction you need when you sit down to take the ACT.

Here are a few additional tips:

  • Be prepared for test day. Know the testing location, what time you need to be there, and what you can (and cannot) bring.

  • What you should bring to the test: your printed ACT ticket, a photo ID, two or more sharpened #2 pencils, erasers, a permitted calculator, a watch without an alarm, and healthy snacks for your breaks.  

  • Cell phone use is prohibited in the testing room, so it’s wise to leave your phone at home. Check the ACT website for all the details on test day.

After preparing for the ACT and putting in the time and energy, you should be confident in your abilities and give it your best effort! Contact Hughes College Prep to discuss any questions you have about preparing for the ACT.

Chenoa Harrington