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 2.1 Seven Basic Rules for Taking the ACT 2.2 The Meaning of Multiple Choice 2.3 Guessing and the ACT

 2.4 Pacing 2.5 Preparing for the ACT
Pacing
The ACT presents you with a ton of questions and, despite its three-hour length, not that much time to answer them. As you take the test, you will probably feel some pressure to answer quickly. As we’ve already discussed, getting bogged down on a single question is not a good thing. But rushing isn’t any good either. In the end, there’s no real difference between answering very few questions and answering lots of questions incorrectly: both will lead to low scores. What you have to do is find a happy medium, a groove, a speed at which you can be both accurate and efficient, and get the score you want. Finding this pace is a tricky task, but it will come through practice and strategy.
Setting a Target Score
The ACT is your tool to get into college. Therefore, a perfect score on the ACT is not a 36, it’s the score that gets you into the colleges of your choice. Once you set a target score, your efforts should be directed toward achieving that score and not necessarily a 36.
In setting a target score, the first rule is to be honest and realistic. Base your target score on the schools you want to attend, and use the results from your practice tests to decide what’s realistic. If you score a 20 on your first practice test, your target score probably should not be a 30. Instead, aim for a 23 or 24. Your scores will likely increase on your second test simply because you’ll be more experienced than you were the first time, and then you can work on getting several extra problems right on each Subject Test.