When you really stop to analyze the situation, the timetable as to when a high school student should begin to study for the ACT would favor beginning earlier, rather than later. Of course you have to figure in the factor of how prepared is the student to begin some of the areas, as they may have not been properly prepared in their classes yet, to overcome this you have the help of Santa Monica Tutoring.
Most of the students who feel that they want to go on to college begin their ACT studying during the spring of their junior year, but as they look back, they wish that they had begun earlier.
ACT is an abbreviation for American College Testing and it is a standardized test that colleges use as a benchmark for admissions of prospective students. It measures what a student has learned in school, and consists of five different components of learning, English, Reading, Mathematics Science and an optional test for writing.
The test is multiple choice, with the exception of the writing test. Years ago, when the test came out, students really did not prepare for it, except to take it. Now, there are many programs that will help a student prepare for it in advance. There is obviously much merit for this, one being that by advance preparation, the student will be able to focus more on the areas that are specifically being emphasized, the question format will be more familiar, and the competition will be doing the preparation, so the student who does not prepare will be at a severe disadvantage.
According to experts, the ideal time to begin studying for the ACT is a week or two after the sophomore year of high school ends. There are study courses, formal coaching and practice tests given by many concerns, and most of them are very worthwhile.
Consult with the high school counselor at your child’s high school and see what they suggest, as they will have had experience as to what study course have worked well in the past. The usual pattern is to study the material given in the course, and there is usually a study plan involved to keep everything organized.
Once the student has gone through the entire gamut of the five subjects, have the student take a full length, official practice test on a Saturday morning. This will acquaint the student with the format and the time of day the test is given.
The optimal goal is for the student to study and practice to take the ACT in the winter of their junior year of high school. In most cases, six months is enough time to study and take multiple practice tests, particularly if the student is working with a tutor.
The actual ACT test can then be taken in December or February of their junior year. The test can be retaken, but it is recommended that it not be retaken more than three times. Most students who have organized study and practice do well and move right onto spending the rest of their time getting ready for other college preparation activities.