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(Our Greatest Blog Revisited!) Top Ten Tips For Your September 2019 ACT Day!

We have published this top ten list below before, but it is so spot on that we feel it's worth a re-post!

And overall, remember your ACT game plan:

ENGLISH: Remember the five golden rules for grammar you learned from your ATT tutor.

MATH: Know what you know and know what you don't know.

READING: Focus on crossing off wrong answers.

SCIENCE: Don't overthink it. Let it be easy.

The first tip is the most we added an adorable relaxing hound to help make our point about stress!

1. Relax

Remember: Stress kills test scores. If you’re feeling anxious before the test, find a quiet place and take several calming breaths before you enter the test room.

Be as calm as this Spaniel on ACT day! She can fetch and sleep at the same time!

2. Get moving

In the morning before the test, make sure you wake your body up. Do a few stretches, shoot some hoops, take the dog for a quick walk, etc. If your body is awake, your mind will follow.

3. Eat breakfast

Studies show that a quality breakfast boosts concentration and brainpower. Unless you’re a coffee addict, drink a glass of OJ and skip the java.

4. Dress well, test well

Studies show that when students feel confident in what they’re wearing, their scores improve.

5. Remember the game plan

Before each section begins, take a moment to focus on your tutor’s game plan for that section. Then execute it.

6. Focus on what you can control

Instead of worrying about problems you don’t understand, spend your time getting every problem you know how to do right.

7. It’s all about you

Remember, yours is the only score that matters. Don’t worry about how fast someone else is working. Keep your eyes on your test and focus on getting questions right.

8. Use the break

When the proctor lets you leave the room, make sure you stand up, stretch your legs, eat a snack, drink some water, and refocus before the next section.

9. Re-energize

As you get to the later sections of the test, you might find your energy slipping. If that happens, look away from the test for a moment, take a deep breath, and then dive back in.

10. Trust yourself

You've been working hard to prepare for this test. Trust yourself. Trust the process. You'll do great!

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