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How to Raise Your ACT Score: My Retake Tips | Video Post

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Studying for an ACT retake? Trying to improve your score?

Staying positive can be hard when you didn’t get the score you were hoping for–and maybe this wasn’t the first time either.

But don’t get discouraged…reaching your goal score is possible!

To prove just that, Magoosh student, Nikolai, explains how he took his ACT score from 24 to 33 over the course of several retakes.

Just click on the embedded video below to watch “How to Raise Your ACT Score: My Retake Tips”.

…Or scroll down for a full video transcript. 🙂

What Will I See in the “How to Raise Your ACT Score: My Retake Tips” Video?

In this free video, Nikolai shares his personal tips on how best study when you’re taking the ACT for a second or third time–and how he managed to raise his ACT score 9 points!!

In this video you will learn the following ACT retake tips:

    1. Find out what areas you need to work on!
    2. Get help from a teacher or mentor!
    3. Go to sleep early the night before your test!
    4. Eat breakfast and stay hydrated!
    5. Don’t focus on the score!
    6. Check your work for mistakes!
    1. Find ACT prep that works for you!

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“How to Raise Your ACT Score: My Retake Tips” Full Transcript


Hi, my name’s Nikolai, here are a couple of tips for those of you who are retaking the ACT.

Tip number one is go to the ACT website and see what you need to work on.

If you go to ACT.org and you sign in and view your score, you see what places—like math, reading, English—that you have a low score in.

And if you get scored below 33, I believe, um, it’ll tell you what you need to work on based on what score you got.

Um, they usually have, like if you got between a 32 and a 29, they’ll tell you “Hey this is what people missed who got scores within these sections.”

Tip number two is study the sections that you need to work on with a teacher or mentor.

Um, I know, uh, the third time that I took the ACT I noticed that my math score was still incredibly low.

So I went to my calculus teacher and I asked her, well based on my past tests, what do I need to work on? How can I really, I guess, improve my score?

Tip number three is sleep early.

You want to make sure that you’re properly energized for the wonderful day of testing that you have ahead of you.

Um, you’re going to be sitting in a classroom for four hours, and you want to make sure that you have as much energy as possible so that you can tackle it.

Step number four kind of piggybacks off of step number three, and it is have a good breakfast and drink plenty of water so that you’re hydrated.

You want to make sure that you’re hydrated and you’re actually feeling well for the day of test taking.

Step number five is don’t focus on what score you got last time, or what you want to get this time. Just focus on doing your best.

Um, I know the first couple of times I kind of focused on “Hey I got like a 24 or a 25 last time, I really need to bump my score up.”

On the last time that I took it I just said, “Hey, I’m just going to forget all of this, I just need to do my best.”

Step number six is that if you notice that you didn’t score as well in a certain section the first time—uh, my problem was math—for simple things, make sure that you pay close attention to as many problems as you can.

On my last test I went back and I reworked all of the problems that I could, and I fixed about six of them that had really simple mistakes, uh, like, I missed a sign or I subtracted wrong.

So just make sure that you go back on things like math where you can, like, miss like a really small thing, and, just, it’ll mess up your test.

I’ve tried other ACT prep classes like the one that my school offers, the one that a local college offered, and I’ve tried numerous textbooks, and it just really wasn’t working out for me.

Magoosh really helped me in that it was—it kind of progressed along, like if you wanted a harder problem it actually gave you a harder problem that you can work on.

And it really strengthened me for the ACT that I took in…June, I believe?

On that test I got a 33. On my previous test I had a 28, so Magoosh helped me jump up a total of 5 points!

Looking for more strategies for your ACT retake?

Why not check out some of our other free ACT resources for more tips and tricks to help prepare you for test day?

Happy studying! 🙂

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About Molly Kiefer

Molly completed her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has been tutoring the SAT, GRE, and LSAT since 2014, and loves supporting her students as they work towards their academic goals. When she’s not tutoring or blogging, Molly takes long walks, makes art, and studies ethics. Molly currently lives in Northern California with her cat, who is more popular on Instagram than she is.


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