Is it really worth it to retest?
According to a study done by ACT, there is a consistent pattern of gains can be established across all incidences of retesting. They found:
In order to succeed on the ACT, or any test, you need to learn test taking strategies and time management. Studying alone can help, but tutoring and practice tests have more of a positive impact on a students score. In fact, we think testing is better than studying. It is the foundation of our Smart Scoring System.
There are several factors that come into play the first time a student takes the ACT.
One section of the test can significantly impact the composite score. So, how does one make sure a retest is successful?
1. Learn from the First Test
Most students are able to isolate whether they are better at Math, Science or English, but they don't understand how to deal with inferential questions and time management strategies. Plus, often they are stubborn learners, so they don't see that they have to change their approach rather than practicing more the same way.
2. Rethink your strategy
Our advice is to rethink your strategy. Remember, ACT is testing what you already learned at school. If you didn't do well, it is because you have some conceptual weaknesses, poor test taking strategies or a poor approach to solving problems and reading comprehension. All of these can be addressed and you can increase your score. Recently, one Hillview Prep student's ACT composite score went from 26 to 30, and from 18 to 28 in English!
How did he do that?
3. Use The Smart Scoring System
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