ACT Tips and Advice Post
|Brian R. McElroy at 2017-04-25 11:27:18
To learn more about the new Essay/Writing section on the updated ACT, please read this article.
Need more practice tests? Then try the 3rd edition of the book, which has 5 older tests (but be warned that the Essay (Writing) section is now completely outdated, and that some of the questions/passages/sections, especially on the Math and Science sections, are identical to questions from the newest version of the book). Professional tutors like me will often have a collection of real ACTs, compiled from past exams that were publicly released but neither available for purchase nor offered online. For practice, try to stick to real ACTs whenever possible. For strategy, look elsewhere: a book, a class, or a private tutor who can point you in the right direction.
Reading - The Complete Guide to ACT Reading
Science - For the Love of ACT Science
Additional (non-official) ACT Practice Tests - McGraw-Hill
In addition, keep reading challenging material, such as the Top 100 Fiction and Top 100 Non-Fiction titles on Amazon. Also check out literary websites such as The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Economist, and even Grantland for the sports fans out there.
Step 6: Once you begin studying, consider scheduling some time with me or another private tutor. You may meet with your tutor for anywhere from 1 hour to 100 hours, but most students need at least 15-25 hours for a full preparation. If you are willing to go with the Skype tutoring option, then you are free to choose from any tutor nationwide. I recommend scheduling a 15-minute phone consultation with me or your tutor before the first lesson, to discuss timelines, scheduling, and the unique needs of the student(s).
Working with a private tutor is the very best way to maximize your score, for a variety of reasons:
1) You are given personalized attention, lessons tailored to fit your schedule, and the opportunity to discuss each question in-depth until you are fully satisfied.
Currently the TIR is offered in December, April and June. Thus, these are the best three months to take the test for the first time, because otherwise there will no way to review your incorrectly answered questions with your tutor.