Note that these are tips for taking the test, not for studying. You will still need to develop expertise on the test topics. Without further ado, here are some tips for taking the ACT with our without using an ACT Tutor in St Louis.
The first section of the ACT test will be English. It focuses on testing both your grammar knowledge and your editing skills. Here are some tips for the English portion of the ACT.
- Choose the simplest answer
You should answer the questions with a sentence structure that is straightforward and logical. Don’t add anything extra – they don’t want that. Just include enough information for the sentence to make grammatical sense.
- Read the paragraph before answering
Before you answer a question that involves revising a sentence, read the entire paragraph that contains the sentence in need of revising. This will provide context as well as a better grasp on the sentence, reducing the number of errors you make.
- Be careful with answers that say “No Change”
Some questions on the English portion of the ACT test will have you choosing which change to a sentence will render it grammatically correct. On some of them, one of the answers says “No change”. Be careful with that one. Make sure that you look at all the other choices before choosing it. If you don’t know all the obscure grammar rules, a sentence may need correction but you may be tempted to select “No change”. However, “No change” really is the correct answer approximately 25%-30% of the time. Before bubbling it in, read the sentence through with the corrections on the other answers to be sure it really is the right answer.
Here are a couple of tips that will help you with the Math portion of the ACT test in St. Louis.
- Look at the diagrams
A lot of questions in the math section of the ACT will provide diagrams of the problem. Pay attention to these, as they will give you clues as to which answers are more logical. For instance, if you are asked to figure out an angle and some of the answer choices are for acute angles and others are obtuse, you should be able to eliminate a couple of options just by looking at the diagram. If it seems impossible based on the diagram, it is probably safe to eliminate the option.
- Plug in answers and numbers
When you are trying to make sure you have the right answer to a problem, there are two things that can help you: plugging in answers and plugging in numbers.
To plug in answers, for instance, in a question that asks you to solve for x, simply insert the value of each answer into the equation for x, and see if it works. You don’t even have to solve the problem if you do this
To plug in numbers, choose random numbers to plug into algebra equations. This strategy can work pretty well for equations with more than one unknown variable. Although this can be helpful, it can often take more time than it would to just solve the equation. So stick to using it as a last resort if you can’t figure the problem out.