I am often asked by parents and students for guidance in navigating the test prep waters. As a nationally sought after test prep expert specializing in the ACT test, I have seen a little of everything in my twelve plus years in test prep—and 22 years in the high school English classroom. Although there is no “one size fits all” answer, there are some pieces of advice that pertain to 90% of students.
One of the things that is helpful to students is being familiar with the ACT before sitting for the test, whether it is the first time or fifth time to take the ACT.
Click here for a full-length practice ACT test: https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf
Mock tests to give at home. Here is the link to a video to use for timing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ1GlWnBCDA
Click here for online practice questions from the ACT (scroll down the page a bit): https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act.html
- Ideally students should practice on paper as this is a paper/pencil test, but this serves as a nice intro to concepts
Need more prep help? Here are some ideas: https://jenhensonactprep.com/2021/06/21/3-kinds-of-act-sat-test-prep/
Jen Henson ( a.k.a “The GOAL DIGGER”) is a nationally sought after test prep expert specializing in the ACT test. Jen, who was Winton Woods City School’s (OH) Teacher of the Year in 2014, holds a Master of Education degree with a Bachelor’s in English from Xavier University—where she was a walk-on tennis player. She’s taught 22 years and coached ACT prep for over 12 years– and has an army of teachers trained to assist her requests for tutorials. Her former ACT students now attend notable higher learning institutions, including Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Texas A&M, The Naval Academy, and the University of Kentucky—among others. Jen has assisted students from California to Connecticut—and states in between—to reach their personal ACT goals. No score is too low or too high, as she has doubled the scores of students starting at the low end, in addition to helping initially higher scoring students achieve the coveted 36 on every section of the test. Two young men playing D1 football had a composite score of a 9 originally, and scored 18 and 20 (respectively) after working with her. Two of her former clients now have NFL experience, two play MLB and one is in the WNBA.