ACT Tips For Juniors

Mackenzie Spanske

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Many people find taking the ACT pointless and a waste of time, but that is the farthest from the truth.  The ACT is a requirement for college entrance.  In order to get into your dream school you have to do well enough on your test. Taking in all the stress and importance can be hard and overwhelming, so I’m going to give you a few tips on how to prepare and ace the test!


~ Don’t Cram

  • It’s important to study little by little. You don’t want to get all the material and information in one night. This can cause stress and a low score.

~ Keep Moving

  • Don’t spend too much time on one question. If you get stuck, move on and come back later.

~ Use POE (not Edgar Allen Poe, Process of Elimination!!!)

  • It’s easier to rule out the wrong answers first. This way you have a better chance of getting the right answer because of having less options.

~ Read the questions first

  • If you read the questions first you know what you’re looking for in the text and will be able to finish the text faster.  Be sure to read all of the answer choices before choosing the correct answer.

~Read something before the test

  • If you read before the test you warm up your brain. You can read a magazine or review some practice material. All of the sections of the ACT contain reading (even the math section!), so start reading more now to improve those literacy skills.


It’s important to prepare yourself for the test. Not all tips will work for you, so it’s important to try different things to find what works. Make sure you are test ready and able to concentrate. Remember to release all stress the night before and do things that will help you be ready. Get a good night’s sleep and eat a health breakfast.