Beginning in September 2016, the PreACT examination will be available to high school sophomores for the first time. Much like the PSAT, the PreACT provides a realistic glimpse of the ACT university entrance examination, which plays a important role in university admissions and scholarship eligibility.
The PreACT exam also includes the ACT Interest Inventory to assist students begin thinking about college careers and majors and the steps they should take now for future goals and success.
If you decide to take the PreACT exam this year, consider these given important tips or ways to prepare to make sure you have the most important experience.
Investigate the PreACT’s availability-
Individual high schools and districts rather than testing centers will administer the PreACT. Each district or school can provide the exam at any time between Sept. 1 and June 1.
As such, the dates won’t be uniform across all high schools in the United States that will offer the examination, or even in a specific district. Speak with your guidance counselor to determine which exam dates are available to you.
Keep in mind that an earlier test date will give you more time to prepare for the ACT exam. A later PreACT exam date will give you more of your sophomore-year coursework to complete; your exam results then may offer a more perfect prediction of your future performance on the ACT exam.
Both scenarios are useful, but memorize the effects that timing can have on your ACT readiness and PreACT scores.
Familiarize yourself with the exam format-
The PreACT is an completely new test, rather than a revision of an existing test.
You may be confusing between the ACT Aspire and the PreACT, since the former examination was also available to high school sophomores. Yet, the ACT Aspire is proposed to track student progress through multiple grades, while the PreACT is strictly a college-readiness assessment.
As with any new examination, you may have a complex time initially finding great preparation materials. Until PreACT exam particular materials are developed, use ACT preparation resources.
Individual problems or questions on the PreACT will be comparable in format, content and difficulty to problem on the ACT exam. The primary differences between the two examinations will be the test length and the number of questions.
Take a balanced approach-
With time always at a premium, it can be complex to determine how many hours to spend on PreACT exam preparation. Sadly, there is no easy answer to this question.
On the one hand, since the PreACT exam has no direct implications on university scholarships or admissions, you might be tempted to take the test without reviewing it first. On the other hand, you might be tempted to neglect all the other parts of your life to study.
Both approaches obscure the test’s diagnostic purpose. You need to do the best such that the results give you an exact idea of where you should focus when preparing for the ACT exam. However, don’t allow your schoolwork to suffer as you are over preparing for the test exam.
Remember your test results may vary-
Remember that the PreACT exam is very new. Its intent is to give a diagnostic tool that can assist students prepare for the full ACT test.
However, there is not data yet that demonstrates whether students who do well on the PreACT exam will perform equally well on the ACT test. This matters because a high PreACT score may lull you into a fake sense of security regarding the much more consequential ACT exam.
You may find the greater length of the full examination exhausting, or you may receive a series of questions that perfectly match topics you studied extensively. In short, study for the ACT test regardless of how well you score on the PreACT examination.
Conversely, a poor result on the PreACT exam doesn’t guarantee a poor result on the ACT. If you don’t perform as well as you had hoped to on the PreACT exam, take it as a call to action, rather than a forecast of doom.
When you take the ACT – or its rival, the SAT – you will have had 6 to 12 months of additional learning and studying. If you suffer from examination anxiety, you will have ample chance to find potential solutions to overcome your challenges with standardized examinations.
Remember that the PreACT exam is another potentially useful tool when readying for university. Take it seriously but stay balanced.
Some high schools will begin offering students the new PreACT college-readiness examination this fall. Study for the ACT exam regardless of how well you score on the PreACT examination.