How to Get A Perfect Score On The ACT

Lateefah Fatunbi

#1: Choose the Most Concise Answer

Try to find the choice that provides all of the necessary information for the sentence to make grammatical sense and nothing extra. The best writing says what it needs to say clearly and concisely.

#2: Read the Paragraph First

Read the whole paragraph that has the sentence you must revise before you look at the answer choices. With this strategy, you can reduce the number of errors you make caused by careless misreadings.

#3: Be Careful With Answers

On ACT English questions that ask you to choose the answer that makes a sentence grammatically correct, you’ll have the option to pick “No Change.”  It’s really important to double-check all other answers before settling on “No Change” as the correct choice.

#4: Pay Attention to Diagrams

It’s important to pay attention to these figures, as they will give you clues about which answer choices are the most logical.

#5: Plug In Answers and Numbers

Plugging in numbers is a little different. This strategy lets you analyze the problem using real numbers instead of unknowns, and works best for questions with multiple variables.

#6: Start With Your Strengths

To make sure you’re getting the most out of this section, start by reading the passage(s) that correspond to the topic area in which you are most comfortable. This might simply mean starting with subject matter that is most interesting to you and will make for a quicker read.

#7: Skim Passages

The best strategy for most people is to skim the passages instead. In order to skim effectively, read the introduction and conclusion paragraphs as well as the first and last sentences of every body paragraph. This will give you a good overview of the main ideas and allow you to answer most main point questions. When you get to questions about details, you can then reread specific parts of the passage if necessary.

#8: Do the Conflicting Viewpoints Section Last

The conflicting viewpoints section on ACT Science is usually the most time consuming for students. In case you’re not familiar with it, this part of the section asks you to read two or three passages that detail different viewpoints on a scientific issue. You’ll then answer questions about these viewpoints and how they relate to one another. Since this is more reading intensive and can eat up a lot of time, it’s best to save this part for last so that you don’t end up missing other questions later on in the section that will be quicker and easier for you to answer.