– Before starting any exam preparation, you need to identify methods that are suitable and effective for your score goals. This is similar to finding ACT self-study methods for beginners.

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Why should take the ACT self-study method?

ACT (American College Testing) is a standardized test used to measure the study process for high school students who want to enroll in universities and colleges in the U.S. An ACT exam will consist of 4 parts: English, Reading, Math, Science, and an optional essay (Writing). Once you understand the structure of the exam and the information related to the test, the next thing you need to do is to find ACT self-study methods for beginners.

Appropriate and optimal preparation methods will help you save time for exam preparation to achieve the desired score goal, have more time to do mock exams to get used to the real test, do not feel discouraged by an unplanned process…

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ACT self-study methods for beginners

  • Identify your weaknesses and strengths

Unsure with the Math section? Is grammar really a nightmare for you? Or is your vocabulary still poor? Before you embark on exam preparation, you need to take time to list your weaknesses and strengths for each test section. You can use some test types such as practice tests, mock tests or self-review previous knowledge to check for gaps in your knowledge, thereby focusing on consolidating and improving it.

  • Pay attention to practice for difficult exams

ACT test does not require you to know too many tips or has a huge vocabulary but most will put pressure on you in terms of time. Take the exam for each part and focus on the core knowledge, master the background, and then develop the more difficult knowledge. The sections that make the Vietnamese contestants difficult are Science, English, and Reading. In particular, Science is the strangest part because it not only tests scientific knowledge but also includes the ability to reason, read charts, tables, and specialized vocabulary that you should spend a lot of time practicing more than other sections. Depending on the competency, you can choose an appropriate revision schedule between sections.

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  • Determine how long it will take to practice

To make sure that you have enough time to prepare from the test day to the exam date and do not have to “take to your heels” because of bad time management, define:

  • The number of points you want to achieve.
  • How many hours each day you need to spend.
  • How many topics a week or a month you need to practice.

Here are the recommended hours for the improvement you want to achieve:

  • 0-1 point improvement: 10 hours.
  • 1-2 point improvement: 20 hours.
  • 2-4 point improvement: 40 hours.
  • 4-6 point improvement: 80 hours.
  • 6-9 point improvement: 150 hours+.

For example, your mock test score is only about 25 points but your intention is to get 30 points, you should spend about 40 hours to increase your score.

ACT self-study is inherently not easy, especially for beginners who often struggle to find the right practice methods and choose a learning process to match the desired score goal. If you do not know where to start and sense that self-study is not necessarily effective, you should seek out friends to study with or seek help from tutors, or centers specializing in exam preparation for international certificates.

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