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Improve Your ACT Math Score with These Easy Steps
  • If you are struggling with the ACT Math section,
    you are not alone. This section of the ACT is
    widely considered to be the most difficult, as
    you have 60 minutes to answer 60 questions.
    That's an average of one question per minute,
    which leaves little time for double-checking your
    answers or taking short breaks. With that said,
    by following the below steps, you can work to
    improve your ACT Math score without breaking a
    sweat.

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1. When all else fails, guess the answer
  • Since ACT scores are based on the number of
    correct answers you fill in, there is no penalty
    for guessing (unlike the SAT, which subtracts
    points for incorrect answers). It is thus
    important to answer every question on how to
    write a reaction paper section. To make an
    informed guess, eliminate all the obviously wrong
    answers so you have a more likely chance of
    guessing the right response.

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2. Only use your calculator when needed
  • Have you ever experienced a math test where
    you're doing everything by hand, and then you see
    the rest of your classmates whizzing through the
    answers on a calculator? You may have felt
    self-conscious in that moment, but doing math
    problems by hand has its perks on the Math
    section of the ACT. Since its questions are
    designed to be solved in a minute or less, you
    will have little time to redo questions after you
    find your best answer. Moreover, the ACT gives
    you clues on when to use your calculator so that
    you can save your time. First, you should not use
    your calculator if the answer choices are given
    in fraction form or involve radicals. You may be
    thinking that it is easy to convert your decimal
    answers into fractions, but this will take up
    more time than you can afford.

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3. Use paper space wisely
  • Every math page will have a blank column on the
    right-hand side for you to use when calculating
    answers by hand. Feel free to use this space to
    draw diagrams that were not drawn for you, and to
    write out any equations necessary for completing
    the problem. Nevertheless, it is important to
    remember that only the answers you submit on the
    answer bubble sheet are graded. No notes,
    drawings, or circled answers in your test booklet
    count toward your ACT grade. Only write what is
    necessary in the right-hand column so that you
    can fill in the correct bubble on the answer page.

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4. Keep the order of questions in mind
  • We already know that you have 60 minutes to
    complete 60 questions on the Math section of the
    ACT. However, the ACT is designed to become more
    and more challenging as the questions rise in
    number. Thus, question number 59 is likely to be
    more challenging than question number 2. When you
    are timing yourself, keep this ordering effect in
    mind, as you should leave more time to complete
    the later answers than the earlier ones. When you
    take practice tests, coach your mind to move
    through the first half of the questions at a
    speedier pace than the second half of the
    questions. Find your timing groove so that you
    can answer all questions comfortably. That said,
    it is important that you do not rush through the
    first half of the answers. Each correct answer
    counts for the same amount of points, so make
    sure to be confident in your early answers before
    filling in the bubbles.
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