Preparing for the ACT
General Test-Taking Strategies for the ACT. The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Each of these tests contains questions that offer either four or five answer choices from which you are to choose the correct, or best, answer. The following suggestions apply to all four tests:
Answer every question. Your score on the tests will be based only on the number of questions that you answer correctly; there is no penalty for guessing. Thus, you should answer every question within the time allowed for each test, even if you have to guess. Your supervisor will announce when you have five minutes remaining on each test.
On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining. Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.
Test Prep: 6 Tips for ACT Success by US News and World Report
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5. Don't skip questions. Another key difference between the SAT and ACT is that there is no penalty for getting a question incorrect on the ACT. The SAT's penalty is in place in order to keep students from guessing, but ACT test takers can guess freely if they're stumped or out of time. Experts say it's best to work through each section in its entirety, skipping questions that prove to be problematic. Return to those questions when you've finished the entire section, but if you run out of time and are still clueless, pick a letter and bubble in any questions you have skipped. "No answer should be left blank," says Carroll. "Even if you run out of time, you should just pick the letter of the day."
Sparknotes: Seven Basic Rules for Taking the ACT
7. Always Guess When You Don’t Know the Answer. We will discuss guessing below in “The Meaning of Multiple Choice,” but the basic rule is: always guess! You’re much better off guessing than leaving an answer blank because there is no penalty for wrong answers.
Princeton Review: ACT Strategies: The Process of Elimination and Guessing
"You Must Fill in an Answer for Every Single Question on the ACT. This week, I’ll share a strategy called “the process of elimination” (POE). I’ll also talk about straight-up guessing on the ACT." Use a Letter of the Day.
ACT Prep Tips from Brentwood Public High School
Guessing strategy - NEVER LEAVE A QUESTION BLANK!!! If a student feels strongly about an answer, choose it and quickly move on. If a student is having difficulty with an answer, he/she should use the process of elimination to get rid of answer choices he/she feels are not correct and guess from the remaining choices. If a student can’t eliminate any of the answer choices, make a random guess and move on.
Lee, what I do is I evaluate my children if they feel if they mastered a subject. For example, my son felt he was a wiz at Biology, so I assigned him a cumulative project, and if I felt like he succeeded, I gave him credit. Plus, I had him take the state EOC, and he passed, so I gave him credit based on that as well.
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