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ACT /SAT – Practice Exams how much is enough? By Leena @ ACG

We all have heard stories about students taking these tests 20 -30 times to get the perfect scores, with that said how much is enough is the Question?

Their is no right answer as each student is different and so are each ones learning abilities yet anything over 5 times for a average student should be an overkill.

There are always exceptional situations where maybe a student has learning disability and in that case it could be justifiable.

While taking a practice exam may not be your ideal way to spend a Saturday morning, it can help boost your scores. The SAT and ACT are timed exams, and taking practice exams in test-like conditions not only helps you prepare, but improves your confidence.

Practice tests will also give you a better idea of which test(s) are best for you.

The tests have distinct personalities — the ACT is curriculum-based, while the SAT is more of a general reasoning and problem-solving exam.

ACT questions are  more straight-forward, and students who score well tend to be fast readers, with strong memorization and information processing skills.  In contrast, the SAT focuses more on reasoning, and students who achieve high scores tend to be avid readers, with strong vocabularies, who enjoy test-taking strategies and nuance.

Most of the students we work with us who had a 3.0 GPA and a score in the range of 26 to 30 for ACT will improve their ACT scores in 1 to 3 attempts by 4-6 points up.

Initially it is mostly the test taking anxiety and the time management that is the reason their scores were down.

As soon as they learn to cope with the anxiety and smarter test taking strategies that we train them in, the scores improve dramatically.

All said and done, stay cool and composed when taking the exam and time yourself with practice tests at home before the actual test so their are no surprises on the final day of the test.

All the Best !

December 2, 2016

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