Are You Ready to Take the ACT?

The ACT is a standardized college readiness assessment that uses multiple choice questions to measure high school students’ proficiency in English, math, reading and science. The test also contains an optional writing section.  The ACT is one of two standardized tests that students usually take as they plan for college, the other being the SAT. In fact, all North Carolina juniors are required to take the ACT with very few exceptions. The results of the ACT are used by college and university undergraduate programs to determine if the student is a good fit for their institution.

Before taking the ACT, you should develop a study plan and prepare for the test. Challenge yourself in school, use preparatory resources and take plenty of practice tests. With proper preparation, you’ll do your best when testing day arrives.

Take the Right Classes

The ACT doesn’t just measure what you know – it seeks to determine how prepared you are to take on college academic work. That’s why it’s so important to challenge yourself when it comes to everyday classes. The harder you work on a daily basis, the more prepared you’ll be for college. It’s highly recommended that you take four years of English classes and at least three years of math, natural sciences and social sciences during high school; that way you will have a strong foundation for the ACT even before you begin studying for the test.

Take Advantage of ACT Preparation Resources

Practice makes perfect. It’s tremendously important for you to utilize the resources available to you leading up to the ACT. Most schools offer ACT prep classes. In addition, through College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), you can gain access to study tips, guides and even practice tests (follow the link and choose “College Test Prep.”). These resources will not only help you in learning the material, but will also provide tips on how to strategically take the test. For example, did you know that you should never leave an ACT question blank? Wrong answers do not count against your score. These types of techniques can help you make the most of your ACT experience.

Take Care of Yourself and Be Prepared

Finally, don’t forget to rest up before the big day. Get plenty of sleep, eat a substantial breakfast and remember your test-taking supplies. You’ll need your ACT ticket, a valid ID, sharpened number two pencils, erasers and a permitted calculator. Don’t forget to take a deep breath and be positive! A healthy mindset can work wonders. Students are able to retake the ACT up to 12 times to try to improve their score, so don’t sweat one bad test day.

If you’re looking for resources and support as you begin to prepare for the ACT, College Foundation of North Carolina can help. CFNC is designed specifically to help students plan, apply and pay for college and has test preparation resources to get you started. Make your account and start preparing for the ACT today with the help of