Five Essential Components for Success on the ACT
Attitude - Success requires a positive attitude. Think, “If it can be done, I can do it!”. You need to really WANT to do well and you must squash the ANT (Automatic Negative Thinking) Eliminate all negative thinking during prep and during the actual test. There is no room or time for negative self-talk during the ACT.
Application - Work through retired ACT questions and take retired ACT practice tests before sitting for the real test. Understand the correct answer to every question you miss as question types repeat themselves on standardized tests.
Content - Fully understand the content that is being tested
Commitment - Make the test a priority. Commit yourself to dedicated preparation and focusing on areas of weakness.
Time - Finding time for quality test preparation is usually the biggest challenge in the life of high school students today. ACT success requires quality focused preparation time:dedicated work on content and retired ACT questions, timed full length practice tests, time put into reading and studies. Testing time is tight on the ACT. You must work at a fast pace. Pace increases when you know what to expect on the test and have confidence solving similar questions - practice questions from retired tests. Pace increases with practice under timed conditions - time yourself when taking practice tests and working on practice test sections. Read this post for suggestions specific to increasing reading speed.