How to Prepare For the ACT 

The ACT Preparation book is expensive and overwhelming to look at. However, there are other options available that are cheaper and easier to navigate. (Photo Courtesy of Nadia Ferjani)

North Carolina is one of the few states that still require their 11th graders to take the ACT (American College Test). This is something to take advantage of as students don’t have to pay to take the mandated test. 

With two weeks left until the mandated ACT, juniors have ample amount of time to prepare. They don’t need to spend 50 dollars on the study guide or pay for a tutor; those are good resources, but there are other ones available for free. 

If an 11th grader at Leesville prepares well enough for the ACT, they can get it over with in one test and not have to pay anything.

First, a student needs to know what they are being tested on. So, for context, the ACT is a test on math, science, reading, and grammar. 

The English (grammar) section is 45 minutes long and consists of 75 questions. The math section is 60 minutes and 60 questions long. 

For the science and reading sections, the student is given 35 minutes for 40 questions. This might seem fast paced, but with enough practice students can finish efficiently and with extra time to spare.

While these are the subjects of the ACT, rather than spending time reading from a science textbook, students should focus on studying the ACT test itself. Though the content of the questions may change over the years, the ACT sticks with a strict outline, making it easier for students to prepare by catching onto the pattern.  

Before studying, students should take a mock test to see where they are with the ACT (how fast they can take it, what they struggle with, what they are comfortable with). The ACT website provides a free practice test to take here Free ACT Test.

A good resource to study for the test is YouTube. Students can watch videos that break down the questions that they will encounter on the exam. 

While the videos may be long they are great for learning and processing information. 

Good videos to watch are: 

Common Math Questions on the ACT 

Math Section Walkthrough on the ACT

English Section Overview ACT 

Science Section ACT 

During this period before the ACT, students may find it hard to keep up with studying for the ACT and regular school work. Considering students do have the ability to take the ACT more than one time, they should prioritize their school work over studying.


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