The ACT test, one of the most important tests
The ACT test, one of the most important tests a high school student hoping to go to college will be expected to face is tested on 4 subjects; namely Mathematics, Science, Reading and writing, the last being optional for students wanting to take up a career in journalism or something similar.
The test is all about assessing the knowledge of students and their ability to continue into higher studies with the renowned colleges waiting to take in high achievers based on their ACT score.
Being a very competitive test, getting an average score will never be enough for a student to gain admission to a popular college of his choice. Therefore, its up to the students to try their best to score as much as possible not only to get a better than average score but also to be among the highly ranked students that set for the relevant ACT test. This is not very easy unless one is brilliant and needs little preparation because the test itself is a grueling 3 3/4 hours long with a little more than one hour allocated for each subject.
The test itself is not that difficulty if the student is well prepared because it’s just the basic knowledge of a student that is tested. For instance, in mathematics, a little bit of Algebra, Geometry and numbers should be sufficient and any student that has gone through two semesters should have been able to face the paper without too much difficulty. The few trigonometry question are towards the end of the paper and not having any idea about Trig should not pose too much of a problem, especially if the student has done well in the rest of the test.
The Science part of the test is pretty easy because there’s no specific area that students are tested on. A basic knowledge in chemistry, physics, and biology is what a student should have, and it’s no big deal for someone who has followed their lessons properly. However, reading is more important, and a student’s ability to read a passage, understand it and answer the questions that are based on the passage will be tested. Some of them can be trick questions, which students should know how to respond to without falling into a trap. As far as reading is concerned, it’s always best for a student to follow a prep course and do a few mock papers so that they get to know what is expected of them at the ACT test.
Writing, although optional is one of the best subjects to take if the student has exceptional writing skills – this could mean a lot as far as gaining admission to a better college. Even if it’s not possible for a student to write the perfect essay in thirty minutes, it is actually more important to submit one that projects thoughts and ideas well. Writing skills will be very useful if a student is hoping to enter a college that has made writing a specific requirement.