The ACT test can be one of the most important tests you will ever take. Not only does it determine college entrance, but it also has a great deal to do with scholarships at the college level handed out by the colleges themselves. Are you scared yet? Well don’t be. Stressing over a getting a good score on the ACT will only send you into a downward spiral of self doubt, and second guessing. Here are a few good pointers on how to best study for the ACT.

 The first thing you want to do is not try and cram in a bunch of practice tests a few days or weeks before the big day. It is imperative that you get a good study guide with some practice tests in it and study at a leisurely pace over a period of a month or so.

The overall score you get is based on several different areas of curriculum. Many people wonder should I study them all equally. If I spend an hour studying math, then I should study an hour on science, correct! Wrong! You need to weight your time more heavily towards your weaker areas. If you don’t like math, or don’t do well in it, then that is the area that you should study the hardest. The ACT is a composite of all the scores of the individual areas. If you know your science, but aren’t any good at math then you should study more math in order to squeak out those few extra points that will get you into the college of your dreams.

Math in general is a strongly disliked subject. One of the most important things you can do is to improve your math score is to invest in a good scientific calculator and be familiar with it. Make sure to check to make sure that the calculator you have or are going to buy is allowed. Not all scientific calculators are allowed to be used on the test.

Like many of you I slept through my math classes… Sleep is a very important part of doing well on the ACT. Getting a good night’s rest the day before the test is not enough. Make sure that you are getting 8 hours of sleep a night for at least a week before the test and practice waking up at the time you would wake up the day of the test so your body is used to it. The ACT tests are always at the crack of dawn, which nobody enjoys. Have trouble getting out of bed in the morning.

Last but not least, remember that you can always take the test over again. It is not a one shot and that is your score sort of issue. You can retake the ACT as many times as you would like. I personally took it 3 times before I was satisfied with my score.