Learn about Greg’s ACT prep strategy that got him a 34 Score and how it can benefit
What does it take to be an ACT Winner?
If you think it is only knowledge that will make you an ACT Winner, think again.
Knowledge can only take you so far!
There are scores of successful MBAs, Math graduates and even Doctorates who, when they took the ACT, did not manage to get a 99 percentile.
You need the other ‘intangible’ qualities & smart Studying Strategies to make it work.
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Greg, an ACT Winner, describes his preparation strategy
in his own words
I think most of the books available In the market today do not offer you enough ‘Tough’ problems In Quant, the kind you need to score In the high nineties. This is especially so in the areas of Algebra II and Geometry, topics that are relatively new to the ACT.
Also, the ACT now more emphasis on Probability, a topic that most of the
standard books tend to ignore.
ACT – Reading Comprehension
If you find RC as your weak area, I would recommend reading ‘How to Read Faster and Better’ by Norman Lewis. (This is available at Amazon.com)
The Reading Comprehension passages in the ACT are mostly on different
topics like Science, History, Arts, Society etc. Depending on you background
and interests, you will find at least 1 or 2 very easy.
It makes sense to get familiar with other topic that you do not normally come
across in your course work or recreational reading.
The strategy I used was to read the passage quickly to get a rough idea of what the topic was about, and then to read bits required to answer each question again.
You are likely to find at least one question about the ‘Central Idea’ of the
passage, so the first quick read helps here.
For the other questions, you are likely to know which bit of the passage to read
again, so this strategy usually works quite well.
What I studied for My ACT Prep
I focused on the ‘Real ACT Prep Guide’. This book is from the makers of the ACT, which comes with 3 REAL ACT EXAMS!
It also gives the fullest explanations of the correct and incorrect answers.
This guide is essential because it is the only one that provides authentic ACT questions.However, it does not give the student insightful strategies about how to handle the test.Therefore, use this book strictly to practice the test and estimate the score.
In the first practice test I only got a 23.
Did not lose heart though. Went through all the answers, right or wrong, with a
fine tooth comb to identify which areas I needed to focus on.
If you expect a score of 30+, the questions here will seem to be easier than
the real ACT. The reason for that is this book has only a limited number of
‘Tough’ questions compared to the actual ACT.
ACT Course / Books that I followed
The Real ACT Prep Guide
If you have to read only one book for the ACT, this is the one!!
I used this to brush up the areas that I found myself weak In from the initial
You should thoroughly read all explanations to understand why an answer is
correct and another one wrong.
Kaplan ACT verbal and Math Workbooks to go over some of the basic material that I identified I needed brushing up.
Princeton review verbal work out
This is supposedly good for Verbal prep, but I think the Kaplan book offers better insights.
My ACT Exam
The D Day Experience
I did not study or take any tests on the penultimate day. Just went though some quant formulae and Words that I had jotted down.
Do not know anyone who has not felt some pangs before the actual test.
Thankfully I was thoroughly familiar with the pattern of the test so was a little
more comfortable than I would have been otherwise!!
Remember, during those tense hours, any rest break is on your own time!!! So it is best to take it if you finish one of your sections before time.
I was confident of getting 30+ but did not exactly know how much I would get till I got the score.
Most people who get In the 30+ bracket would have had to take some
guesses, especially towards the end of a section. I did too and was quite nervous.
In Reality when I finished the test I was wondering whether to cancel it, a question that crosses many a mind!!
Fortunately I did not do that and was quite shocked when I got a whopping score of 34!!!
Is it worth the money?
I am a staunch believer In Self Study. Most (though not all, especially quant!!) of
the concepts tested In ACT are around the High School level.
However, if you have been out of touch with basic Quant and English for
sometime, it does make sense to go In for an introductory two day course.
The important thing is to do serious preparation on your own after you have done such a course.
This does help!!
However, In order to get the best out of your money (you won’t get too much time with your tutor!!), it is best to clearly identify you weak areas and inform your tutor about them so that he/she is sufficiently prepared.
I think Private Tutoring should be treated more as an exception for things that
you find too difficult to understand rather than for covering the whole syllabus.
So, that was how Greg did it.
Greg was a student of 99percentileprep and employed the exclusive strategies to increase his score dramatically.
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