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Getting Started in ACT Prep – What You Need to Know But Nobody Tells You

Most high school students are told they need to take the ACT and many are told that they need to “get ready” for it, but nobody seems to tell the vast majority of students where they need to start and what they need to do. Everything you need to know is available online. The problem is there is no systematic procedure or checklist to help you navigate the start-up process – until now! Here are four things you need to start:

Student Information – Go to the ACT Main website and set up an account. Become VERY familiar with the information on ALL the links that pertain to you. This will take an hour or so, so invest this time into yourself.

Parent Information – There is a section for parents. Have your parents review the information on this site.

Online Practice – Read the Test Descriptions and Test Tips.

Take the ACT Practice Test Questions. Read each question, select your answer, and review the answer explanations to see how you did. Keep track of which ones you got correct and which ones you didn’t.

Preview Test Tips.

Download Preparing for the ACT. Read and review pages 1-12.

Preview Test Descriptions.

Practice Test – Take the ACT Practice Test in Preparing for the ACT. We recommend you print the test out and take it a pencil, and grade your test.

Grade your Practice Test and figure out how many you got correct and the number incorrect.

You’ll have a pretty good idea where you are what you’ll need to do to increase your score.

The ACT website is