How to Get a 30 (or Higher!) on the ACT: Key Study Tips

Achieving a score of 30 or higher on your ACT places you in an elite group of high school students. Data shows that the score equates to the 94th percentile, putting you first in line for lots of premier colleges. Keep in mind, if you’re aiming for a 30 or higher, you will need to devote time and effort to test preparation. Here are four key study tips to help you get the score you want.

Key Study Tips

Make a Study Plan

After you’ve taken a practice ACT (making sure to duplicate test-day conditions for an accurate assessment), it’s time to chart an improvement plan. Research ACT tutoring programs to find the one that’s right for you. Find resources and study guides that fit your learning style. Set aside time each week for studying.

Analyze Your Mistakes

With your ACT prep tutor, take a comprehensive look at your practice test results. Instead of just reviewing how to solve that math problem correctly, redo the problem yourself. Addressing your weaknesses will give you a better chance of improving your scores.

Use Your Time Wisely

Taking a timed test is all about learning to budget your time. Because wrong answers do not count against you, it’s advised to answer every question on the ACT, even if it’s just your best guess. However, be sure to devote the most time to questions you feel the most confident about, so you gain the points you need.

Avoid Careless Errors

It can be tempting to rush through a timed test, but be sure that you’re double-checking your answers to avoid careless mistakes – like filling in the wrong bubble. Be sure that you’re reading the questions thoroughly and taking a moment to consider each answer, even if you think you already know the right one. If you have time at the end, go back and review each section.

Get Professional Test Prep Assistance

At C2 Education, we can help you improve your ACT scores by crafting a personalized study plan that strengthens your core skills. Let’s get started! Visit your nearest C2 Education Center today, or give us a call at (888) 339-5205.