Getting Your ACT Together

If your Valentine this year is your dream college, and you want to be its ideal man/woman, you better be getting your ACT together. That is, start preparing for one of the two major standardized tests you need to take to apply to college — the ACT (formerly called the American College Test). Even though the next ACT test date isn’t until April 8th, 2017, if you’re serious about scoring high on it (and getting noticed by the dream college of your life), it’s never too early to start. The test consists of four multiple-choice sections on English, Math, Reading, and Science, where your scaled scores from each test is averaged to a composite score over 36 (the maximum score). There is also an optional writing portion, where you have 30 minutes to write an essay based on a given topic. Wow, no sweat, right? Thankfully, Ms. Stacey has some tips for you to get that stellar score of 36 and woo your dream college.


  1. Do practice tests! You can pick up a free practice test booklet in room 301. Take as many practice tests as possible so you know what to expect for the real thing.
  2. Get a good night’s sleep the night before the test. You can’t bat your eyelashes at your dream college if you’ve spent all night cramming to the point that you can’t even open your eyes the next morning. And you want your dream college to be noticing how focused your eyes look when you’re acing that ACT — not the bags under your eyes.
  3. Bring a snack to the real test. After those study sessions and informal hours of practice-test-taking, it’s time to spend 3.5 to 4 hours in a classroom with the ACT exam in front of you. It’s the only thing standing between you and your dream college — and you’re going to need energy to take it down. Fruit snacks, carrots, granola bars — eat smart and perform well on that ACT!


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Good luck, Argos!