The preparation time needed would depend on a few factors including your starting/baseline score, whether you’re on school break or not, and how much time you can dedicate to ACT prep per week. That being said, typically students need anywhere between 3-6 months to be well-prepared for the ACT. The first month or so should be spent focusing on covering the ACT syllabus, concepts and strategies. After this, you should move onto doing full-length ACT tests under timed conditions to acclimatize yourself with the actual test. This is also the time to fine-tune your preparation by focusing on specific topics/sections where you’re still getting questions wrong, or working on effective time management.
We know how frustrating it is to sit for a 4-hour test, and we feel your pain. The only way to progress and build your stamina though, is by powering through and attempting several of these. At the end of every test, Prep Zone sends you a score report with areas of improvement for students to focus on. Please ensure though that you are practicing with proper direction and purpose; doing daily tests without addressing your mistakes and weaknesses from previous tests isn’t a very effective approach to preparation.
Taking the ACT is crucial, but do remember to keep track of your college application deadlines and work backwards accordingly. You wouldn’t want to schedule your ACT test when you’re swamped with extra-curricular activities, examinations or taking up a summer job. Pick a test date that allows you to be fully focused during the preparation. If you intend to re-take the ACT for a better score, make sure you have enough time but do keep in mind that the ACT can only be taken 12 times in total & retaking too many times would suggest poor planning on your side.
Remember, the ACT is only one component of your college application. Colleges would be taking into account your school grades, co-curricular activities, leadership roles, volunteer work, references, and application essays when they consider your profile for admission.
Knowing that the test is offered several times does not suggest that you should delay your application process. Don’t be complacent. Plan early & get going!
The first step would be to come up with a preparation plan and timeline for your ACT testing. The good news – Prep Zone Academy™ has a host of free tools you can utilize to prepare for your ACT.
For new, first-time candidates, we recommend taking the ACT diagnostic test to get an understanding of the test format and difficulty level, and for us to better gauge your current strengths & weaknesses. Once done, we’ll generate your score report and give you a pretty thorough review of your strong and weak dimensions across the different sections. After that, you can sit down with one of our course managers to discuss your performance, and get advice on how to improve your score to a competitive level.
For students who have already taken the actual ACT or a mock test before, we can have you dive right into preparation! Feel free to get in touch to know how we can help, and also check out our ACT Essential Course, where you gain access to ACT online materials, concept classes, tutorials, practice and review sessions.