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So you're going to college and need to do well on the ACT or SAT to qualify for scholarships or gain admission to your college of choice. But, you are already busy and have little time to prep. Here's what I recommend: 1. Register for a test so that you have 6 weeks to prep. 2. Week one: Get a prep book with sample tests in it. Half Price books have plenty for cheap. You don't need the latest test, any will do. Do it NOW! 3. Week 2: Give yourself prep assignments, and demand that you do your homework! 4. The test is 4 hours long, so you need to schedule at least 4 hours of "homework" to get through one full sample test. 5. Do one section per day (45-55 minutes) until you have taken one of each section. Grade yourself. Now you are familiar with the test. 6. Week 3: Do another sample test over 5 days working one hour per day. This time, read the explanations of the answers and gain some knowledge. 7. Assess your situation and feel confident that... read more

Top Ten Test-Taking Tips for Students Here are the top ten tips to success! 1. Have a Positive Attitude Approach the big test as you'd approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough, but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success. 2. Make a Plan The week before the test, ask your teacher what the test is going to cover. Is it from the textbook only? Class notes? Can you use your calculator? If you've been absent, talk to friends about material you may have missed. Make a list of the most important topics to be covered and use that as a guide when you study. Circle items that you know will require extra time. Be sure to plan extra time to study the most challenging topics. 3. The Night Before Cramming doesn't work. If you've followed a study plan, the night before the test you should do a quick review and get to bed early. Remember, your brain and body need sleep to function well, so don't stay up late! 4. The Morning... read more

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