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Preparing for the ACT

As your child is entering the final years of their high school career, it’s time to get ready for what’s to come, such as the tests to help your student get into a great school. This means it’s time to prepare for the ACT. How do you make sure your student is ready to take the test and be confident in their ability to pass it? Here are some tips:

  • Understand the format of the test: This is a three-hour test made up of four sections with an optional essay at the end. The intent of the exam is to test the student over material that is learned throughout the four years of high school. Each section (Math, Science, Reading, English) will be scored on a range of 1-36. The composite score is the average of these four tests.
  • Set a goal: Understand what score your student is aiming for. Are they to get into a competitive college? Are they looking to get a scholarship? If they have taken the test before, use that as a baseline score to determine how many more points they need to earn to hit their goal. Knowing how many more points your student needs for each section also helps them understand how many more questions they need to get right.
  • Study, study, study: Your student needs to study the best way that suits their learning style. Some students prefer buying ACT study books with study tips and practice tests. Some students prefer studying online with automated tests. We recommend students using a tutor or study group to aid in the preparation process. Whatever way they find it best to study, they need to find a way to hold themselves accountable for studying.
  • Utilize time: Your student will be given a specific amount of time to complete the test. Make sure they are taking the time to read each question thoroughly and avoid mistakes. Even if they are a fast test taker, make sure they are taking the most amount of time possible. Well-prepared students will understand how important time management is for this test. Students we work with have to use their own timing device during their tutoring sessions and have to master how much time they for each question.
  • Time practice tests: Even if it is just a practice test, time it so that your student can naturally plan out their strategy and pace.
  • Focus on weaknesses: Once your student feels comfortable with a specific subject, have him or her focus on the subjects with which they are not as comfortable. This can set them up for better success. The ACT test prep can give your student a better idea of what subjects they would need help with when it comes time to take the actual test.

When your student is preparing to take the ACT, they may require assistance with tutoring and test prep. Our team at Tutor Doctor of Tulsa is dedicated to helping students get the help they need so they can feel confident in their abilities. Our individual tutoring service brings professional and trained ACT tutors into the home of our students. We utilize a program called ACT Success that guides our students in achieving their personal best score. In addition to taking a retired ACT practice exam, our students are provided with a detailed analysis over their performance. This 6 page analysis helps us to fine tune the tutoring program for each individual student.

The upcoming ACT test is taking place on October 22nd, which is less than a month away. Tutor Doctor of Tulsa doesn’t recommend taking this test unless you have already started studying. We recommend aiming your studying towards the December 10th ACT test. Here is the schedule of group ACT classes we are offering for the December 10th ACT test:

  • Monday, November 28th 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 1st 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Monday, December 5th 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 8th 5:00-7:00 pm

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