Test Tips

1). Scrutinize Your Test Results

Three times a year the ACT offers a special service called the Test Information Release (TIR). For an additional fee of $20, at the time you register for the test, you can sign up to receive a copy of the test you took, your answers, and the answer key.  You can also request this report in the three-month period following a test.

If you request the TIR when you register for the test, it arrives approximately four weeks after the test date.

This is a great way to determine your strengths and weaknesses. If you’re really serious about improving your score, then we highly recommend this service. It provides good insight into the types of questions you are missing and your ability to manage the test’s time constraints.

Click here to visit the ACT’s webpage about TIR

2). Use a Pencil to Push Yourself

Having trouble making it through the ACT Reading in 35 minutes? Use your pencil tip to scan the lines, and you will automatically train your eye to keep moving forward through the passage. Be sure to practice this technique before you sit for the test, so you feel comfortable with it. This is a deceptively easy way to increase your reading speed and stay focused!

Caveat: Do not sacrifice comprehension for speed. If you do not understand what you are reading, then it will cause you to waste valuable time rereading. The goal is to read as quickly as you can while still comprehending a majority of the text.

3). Concise is Best

English ACT: When the four answer choices present a variation on a part of a sentence, usually the most concise answer is the best one. You can see this in #7; the correct answer is D because the others are redundant and/or wordy. This example comes from the December 2017 ACT.


4). Sign Up for Free Practice on the ACT English!