Four ACT Test Hacks You Can’t Live Without


ACT Test Hacks that Will Immediately Improve Your Score

This episode of TuesdACT is a good one if I do say so myself. I go over some of my favorite hacks for the ACT test, one for each of the the four multiple choice sections of the ACT:

English: Let’s talk about the FANBOYS.

Math: Using your answer sheet as a ruler and protractor (It’s true!)

Reading: Paying attention to the first and last sentences of paragraphs. (That’s where the most important information is 90% of the time).

Science: A special strategy for answering those impossible “Yes/No, Because…” questions. You might be able to get the answer without even reading the question!

Seriously, guys, check it out!

Bonus Hacks!


One of my favorite resources that we have at Magoosh is our Exam Lifehacks infographic that is chock-full of helpful tips that will enhance your performance on the ACT (or any other test) but that don’t really have anything to do with the content you are studying. Can listening to music and chewing gum improve your ACT score? It sure can!

Check out the video above for how you can use everything from music to cute animal videos to deep breathing to help increase your ACT score!


  • Kristin Fracchia

    Dr. Kristin Fracchia has over fifteen years of expertise in college and graduate school admissions and with a variety of standardized tests, including the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT, with several 99% scores. She had a PhD from the University of California, Irvine, an MA degree from The Catholic University, and BA degrees in Secondary Education and English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Club Fellowship from the University of California, Irvine. She’s worked as a high school teacher and university professor, as an independent college and graduate school admissions counselor, and as an expert tutor for standardized tests, helping hundreds of students gain acceptance into premier national and international institutions. She now develops accessible and effective edtech products for Magoosh. Her free online content and YouTube videos providing test prep and college admissions advice have received over 6 million views in over 125 countries. Kristin is an advocate for improving access to education: you can check out her TEDx talk on the topic. Follow Kristin on LinkedIn!

By the way, Magoosh can help you study for both the SAT and ACT exams. Click here to learn more!

One Response to Four ACT Test Hacks You Can’t Live Without

  1. Mordechai Kesten October 20, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    You are so awesome honestly.
    Yoga is an incredible practice as well

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