How to prepare for the ACT

Tips to prepare for this nationwide test


March 3rd is ACT testing for all juniors in high school. There are so many opportunities for you to start preparing for this test right now. Look into all the sites provided for you, pay attention in your core classes which will be preparing you, and remember there are plenty of Copper Hills High School teachers willing to give plenty of advice and guidance. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – it can really make a difference. Above all – don’t stress yourself out too much and remember it is only a test and you can always take it again.

Emily Wight

The ACT test is considered one of the most important standardized tests taken in your academic career. Many students are hoping for a score that places them in a college they want to attend. With all these possibilities riding on a specific test score, this time is considered one of the most stressful times in school.


Some of the Copper Hills teachers have personal tips and suggestions on what you should be focusing on. “One of the hardest parts of the test isn’t what they’re asking you to do but the way they’re asking you to do it. There’s a very helpful practice website called Shmoop, you can get the information on how to log on to that from your counselors or teachers,” says Language Arts teacher, Mr. Atkin. The way this test is set up can be tricky and by taking prep tests you can be prepared for that.


“The school (also) provides ACT prep in February after school. The big thing about the ACT is that it’s timed so you need to figure out your strategies. The best way to prepare is to take a practice test with the same time constraint and never leave a question unanswered, ” says Ms. Oda, a Language Arts teacher. Going over practice tests will help you understand the format of the test, therefore, making you more prepared.


Through the different sources available, you can teach yourself to better understand what patterns will be in the test, you can also strategize what skills work for you and save you time. ACT test prep has begun Monday through Thursday. Monday focusing on preparing you with testing skills, Tuesday on math, Wednesday on reading and writing and Thursday on science. There are plenty of sources available for you to use.