So the ACT is this Saturday, and you haven’t studied one bit. You’ll be alright, many people have been and are in your same boat. Here’s a few tips to keep you sharp and prepared for Saturday, without studying:
1.) Rest One of the best things you can do to get ready is get a good night’s sleep. You’ll stay relaxed, focused, and your attention span will last longer. Staying up late to study won’t help very much, late night study sessions can leave your mind clouded and leave you unfocused.
2.) Plan Ahead You should be ready for Saturday morning well before Saturday morning. You should know: when the test starts, what you need to bring, and what you’re wearing. Always bring a jacket because it’s always cold, at least in my experiences. You should also make sure you have your photo ID, your printed ACT Ticket, and two or more sharpened pencils. I would advise bringing wooden pencils, but if all you have are mechanical, then make sure they’re #2.
3.) Set an Alarm, or Three Make sure you’ll get up on test day. You don’t want to be late, so set as many alarms as you think you need.
4.) Eat a Good Breakfast If you usually eat breakfast, just stick to routine. Coffee drinkers should stay with coffee, cereal people stick with cereal, etc. You might want to add something with a little protein in it. Also if you drink something make sure you go to the bathroom beforehand, those first few hours will slowly creep by if you have to go.
5.) Calm Down Yes, this test is very important. However, it’s not a one-time thing. You can take it as many times as you want. If you’re feeling jittery, just take a breath, focus, and get right back to it. One thing you need to understand is that although this test can affect where you go to college or what scholarships you get, it doesn’t affect what kind of a student you are or how far you’ll go in a career. They don’t measure your character.
6.) Celebrate Once you’re finished with the test, spoil yourself a little. You earned it. Get some ice cream or something. Watch a movie. Whatever. Have fun. Also, here’s a link to a video I found with some good tips for the actual test taking procedure:
By: Mason Berry