The ACT scores are in…and they’re not good, or at least they weren’t what you wanted. Either way, you feel disappointed with your ACT Scores. In this article, I’ll offer some patented wisdom from my time as both student and teacher. Hopefully by the end of this article you’ll feel a bit more prepared to face the world, and your upcoming retake.
Take Time to Feel Lousy
I’m not going to tell you that you shouldn’t feel bad. This is a bummer situation, and you have every right to mourn a little, especially if you tried your hardest on the ACT. Give yourself a day or two to feel as bad as you want. You’ll probably end up going through the five stages of grief, so when you get to the ‘acceptance’ stage, feel free to move on to the next section.
Consider What Went Wrong on the ACT
Once your head is in a better place, take some time and consider what happened on test day. Thankfully, an ACT score report breaks down your areas of strengths and weaknesses. Even if your composite score was low, you most likely excelled in some areas.
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is the beginning of your journey that leads you to retaking the ACT. With this information you can create a study plan more tailored to your needs. Though reviewing all the concepts will be necessary before your retake, you now know where to best allocate your time.
Prepare for your Retake
Once you know where you need to improve, sign up to retake the ACT, preferably in the summer between your junior and senior year of high school. Without other academic pressure, you’ll be able to commit more time and energy to preparing.
If you didn’t have a study plan before taking the ACT, now is the time to make one. Like any long term project, make goals for each day and week leading up to the test. Doing this in advance will make you focused during your study time, and you’ll get more out of every hour you put into it.
Be Strategic about your ACT Scores
If you are one of the number of students whose composite score was dragged down by a single sub-score, see if the college(s) you are planning to apply to accept superscores. If the answer is yes, you can plan ahead to put the most of your studying energy into just that one section.
On ACT Test Day
If you’ve done your best studying for your retake, test day is sure to be successful. And don’t be embarrassed. You won’t be the only familiar face at the test site.
That’s all for now, ACT Scholars! Let the past go, and focus on the future!