Here’s some more advice to ensure your junior year continues to proceed (relatively) smoothly:
You can postpone, but you can’t hide forever. If you haven’t taken your standardized tests, there’s no time like the (near) present. Register to take the SAT in March or the ACT in April. (Registration deadline for the ACT is March 4, 2016).
It’s only a matter of months until you begin filling out those college applications in earnest. If college is in your future, begin making a preliminary list of schools (along with plans to visit a few during the spring). Junior year is a great time to explore college options through websites, guidebooks, and most helpful of all—college visits. Visit colleges of various sizes and locations, the more, the better.
Also, focus on doing the best you can academically; this year is critical to your application.
Again I would like to encourage your students to take the ACT this spring. A good ACT score can help you get into your top college choices, as well as qualify you for college scholarships!
So where do you start your ACT test prep?
1. Use your teachers as a resource!
Lovell High School provides ACT prep. Several core teachers provide ACT prep in their classes; however, if you would like more tutoring, see Mrs. Teter for details.
2. Use an ACT study book (these can be check out from the Guidance Office).
Start studying with the ACT Official Guide and the material on actstudent.org. Books from reputable companies are excellent supplemental materials. Look for books (or free online materials) with a lot of practice tests!
3. Plan out a reasonable study schedule.
Register early! That way you can find a study schedule that you can reasonably complete between now and your test. Be realistic with yourself. How much time can you commit each week to ACT practice questions? It’s better to study 20-30 minutes a day than 4 hours once a week. Aim to work on ACT material at least four days a week.
4. Pinpoint your weaknesses and attack them (Look over your PLAN and EXPLORE to identify these area, these are in the Guidance Office)
Are you a slow reader? Is your ACT math knowledge so-so? Grammar got you down? Know going in to your ACT test prep what areas need more work, and plan to address them first. You’ll need more time for the weaknesses. Don’t put off studying for a section just because you dread it! Just learn the strategies, and you’ll begin to answer these questions with confidence!
5. Remember that test taking is a learned skill, not an inherent gift.
Some people may seem to be “naturally” good at the ACT, but even if you’re not one of them, you can still learn how to score highly! Think positively, and focus on your progress in your ACT test prep. Recognize that making mistakes is necessary for improvement. Incorrect practice ACT questions help you hone in on areas that need more work, so welcome them! (Just make sure you understand why you got them wrong, so you can avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future.)
6. Do some timed practice to develop your internal clock.
7. Spend some time with the free resources at actstudent.org
This is the official website, and yet it’s amazing how many students take the ACT without ever having visited it! This should be your first stop in your ACT test prep journey.