Crunch-time ACT Tips

Hey Shmoopers,

Our calendars are telling us that a few Saturdays from now will be a big day for a bunch of you. That’s right: it’s the second ACT test day of the school year. With about a week left to study, you probably know everything there is to know about the content of the exam (…right?), so we’re here to arm you with five Shmoop-certified tips to ACE the ACT:

1. Stay calm.

Freaking out on the day of the exam is a recipe for disaster. Don’t make us tell you about the time we learned that the hard way, because we will.

2. Don’t be a zombie.

A lack of sleep will eat your brains and turn you into a brain-eater yourself. (Figuratively. Probably.) Let’s be real: a week of all-nighters with one night of solid sleep to cap it off won’t do the trick. Make sure to treat yo’ self right for the last few days before the exam. That means starting…now.

3. Keep your chin up.

If you think you’re going to bomb the exam, you’ll probably bomb the exam. But if you think you’re going to nail it, you’re guaranteed a perfect score.* In other words, stay positive.

4. Be prepared.

Not like Scar, and not really like the Boy Scouts, either—that is, unless they bring their photo ID and a calculator wherever they go. Make sure you’ve reviewed the must-havesand bring them with you on test day.

5. Guess away.

Remember, there’s no penalty for guessing. We wish that were the case for games of charades at Shmoop HQ, but someone just had to come up with the throw-the-potato-salad-at-the-loser rule. Take your ability to guess as the gift it is.

Now ACE that thing,

*Guarantee not guaranteed.

Quote of the Week

“Atticus, you must be wrong…”
“How’s that?”
“Well, most folks seem to think they’re right and you’re wrong…” (11.54-56)

~ To Kill a Mockingbird

Here’s hoping you’re in the right on test day.

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