ACT Prep

How to prepare for one of the hardest standardized Tests

Ben Dumez

Preble is preparing for the juniors to take the ACT on Tuesday, March 3.

The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc. The ACT can dictate where you go and how much financial aid you may receive. The ACT is important. It is important mostly for how you prep, not how much you prep. It is important to understand what each of the four sections wants. 

  • English section– Reading parts of a passage and changing, adding, or removing parts of that passage. The English section relies heavily on the test takers’ ability to recognize English conventions. 
  • Reading section – The reading section is reading a passage and answering questions based on the passage. No questions will be asked that cannot be found or interpreted from the section. 
  • Math section – The math section, for the most part, asks algebra, geometry or trigonometry questions. 
  • Science reasoning section – The science section involves reading and interpreting charts and graphs and answering experiment-based questions.

Test books are an amazing way to study. These books often use real ACT tests from previous years. However, buying some textbooks are better for specific sections. For example, if you feel you may be weaker in the math section, it might not be a bad idea to buy a math strategies textbooks. 

Buying textbooks is not for everyone. Many websites offer free and easy tips for the ACT. Some websites also offer practice tests or older released ACT tests. 

Study sessions are available at Preble. Visit Preble’s website to see the next available session. The next ACT test is on April 4th. You can register on the ACT website by February 28th to take the test.