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Superscoring and the ACT

Friday, September 28th, 2012

ACT Superscoring

ACT Superscoring

Superscoring on the SAT has been a hot topic for a while now, so by now you probably know that it has nothing to do with just doing super well on the test (although that certainly doesn’t hurt). With superscoring, schools look at your best scores for each section—critical reading, writing, and math—regardless of whether those highest section scores are from the same testing date or not, and add those three best section scores up into a “super score,” which will be higher than any of the actual scores you got on the SAT tests that you took (unless all your highest section scores happened on the same test/test date). (more…)

Guessing on the ACT

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

When should I guess on an ACT question?  What do I do when I am stuck on a question?

ACT exam

ACT exam

The ACT exam presents a large challenge to any student, no matter how competent or accomplished in the classroom they might be.  Although not quite the same length as the SAT, the ACT exam still takes over 3 hours at the minimum and features hundreds of questions.  The ACT tests you on Trigonometry, Grammar, Rhetoric, Scientific Reasoning, Vocabulary, and Literary Interpretation among other topics.  Needless to say, you won’t know the answer to every ACT question.

The question then becomes, what do you do when you encounter a question on the ACT exam that you can’t answer.  The ACT is scored by granting a point for each correct answer and by granting no points for each omitted OR incorrect answer choice.  This means that it is always worth guessing on the ACT exam because there is effectively no difference between a wrong answer and an omission.

This is certainly an advantage that the ACT has over the SAT, but it’s one that should be used wisely.  You still need a guessing strategy on the ACT.  Most ACT questions feature five answer choices, either “A” through “E”, or “F” through “K”. The answers to the questions are customarily distributed evenly over all the answer choices.  So in the case where you are really making a blind guess, always choose the same letter. In fact, it’s a good idea to designate that letter before you even walk into the ACT exam so you don’t have to spend valuable time thinking about which letter to choose.  By always choosing, say A and F, you are guaranteeing that you will get twenty percent of your blind guesses correct on the ACT exam.