Take a diagnostic test to find out what your weaknesses are.
Take a diagnostic ACT math test to see what's going on. Find out which subjects are giving you a hard time. The math ACT will feature number theory, algebra, geometry, fractions, equations - the list goes on and to get better you need to know where you are. At C2 Severna Park, we offer a free ACT diagnostic test.
Find all of your mistakes and fix them.
When you get your practice test back, find out which problems you got wrong. Were there careless mistakes? Were there mistakes that you made because you did not know how to solve the problem? See your mistakes as learning opportunities. Everyone makes mistakes.
Practice the techniques until you are comfortable, then start practicing with a timer. You want to solve the problem in under a minute. By test day, you need to know your formulas and math facts. Having trouble learning your math foundations? Consider a tutor. All of our tutors are math experts!
Got some wrong? Try again!
Re-solve any questions you missed. You can do this by redoing the problem more carefully or looking at the right answer and trying to solve the problem with this information. You can try a new technique. See if knowing the right answer can help you figure out how to solve the problem. You may have an aha moment!
Now, here are some test day tips:
If you have extra time, recheck your work by plugging in the answer or re-solve quickly. It doesn't hurt to double check.
Who needs bubble trouble? Try bubbling your answers at once to eliminate the risk of bubbling errors and to save time. There is no need to be multi-tasking on test day. Just make sure you are wise with your time, so you can bubble all of your answers in at the end. Bubble clearly in your test book.
Mark up your math booklet just as you would your reading booklet. Underline as needed and take advantage of your scratch space.
Keep your calm and if you get stuck on a problem, skip it, come back to it later.
Avoid careless mistakes. Read all problems carefully and make sure you know what you're doing. Are you finding the area? Are you finding the value of Y? Follow directions and make sure you know what you are doing. Make sure you enter everything into your calculator properly to avoid errors.