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Weekly 2 Month ACT Study Schedule

Welcome to the Magoosh 2 Month ACT Study Schedule! Two months is a good amount of time to get in some great prep before the exam–as long as you start right now and stay on track! Save the study schedule below on your computer or phone, print it out, tape it to your mirror, check it off–do whatever you need to do to keep yourself accountable. You will thank yourself when you ace the test. If you have more time before the test, have a gander at our Three Month ACT Study Schedule. If you have less time before your test, you might want to check out the One Month ACT Study Schedule instead. Or if you’ve really let it slide (oops): the One Week ACT Study Schedule.
 
Magoosh ACT Prep Study Schedules
 

A Note for Magoosh Students

This schedule is different from the 2-month schedule provided within a premium Magoosh ACT account. We recently added those schedules within Magoosh; they’re modified to use only Magoosh material and have a slightly different order of assignments. If you have Magoosh already, you can simply use the schedule on your Dashboard to study—don’t worry about the version of the schedule detailed here!

If you started your ACT prep with a schedule on our blog (like this one!), that’s okay too. Both the schedule on the Magoosh dashboard and this blog schedule will get you through everything you need to know on the ACT. 🙂

How this study plan is organized

This is a weekly schedule that is designed to give you some flexibility. The ACT is important, but it shouldn’t be your entire life. You need time to do other things, and you’ll want to decide on your own which days you will devote to studying and which you won’t. Altogether, the weekly work should take you between 9 and 12 hours per week, so make sure you divide it up! Don’t try to do it all on Saturday–that would be one rough Saturday. Personally, I suggest studying for three days during the week for a couple hours each day (this could include some study hall time at school!) and devoting about 3 to 6 hours on the weekend for things like practice tests and review, but if your schedule is more erratic, you can adjust it to whatever works best for you. The point is to make sure you dedicate specific days to study, so whether that means regular study on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or a marathon study session every Tuesday, decide in advance what your ACT study days will be.

By the time you finish this study plan, you will have completed six full ACT tests and hundreds of additional practice questions. That’s some solid prep!

Each week, there are four things to do, including:

  • Magoosh Lessons: Watch our lesson videos for strategy and background information. If you’re completely comfortable with a topic already (for example, with triangle properties), you might want to skip through a lesson quickly. That’s all right, to an extent, but never pass over a lesson completely because there might be very helpful tips and tricks you didn’t know.
  • Magoosh Practice: Click the “Practice” tab at the top of the page from within your Magoosh account, and you can customize a practice session that contains the topics mentioned for each week. For each and every question you get wrong, WATCH THE EXPLANATION VIDEO. This is the most important part of your preparation—you need to isolate where you make mistakes and learn how to avoid them.
  • Blog Reading and Video Watching: These ACT blog posts will provide you with additional test tips and strategy advice. They’re a great supplement to the lesson videos.
  • Practice Test: On most weeks (likely on the weekend for most students) you’ll need approximately 3.5 hours for a full-length practice test. This study plan eases you into this commitment with two half-tests on the first two weeks as you get familiar with the material tested on the ACT. These practice tests are massively important for building up your stamina. The ACT is a marathon—you need to train to feel comfortable taking such a long test.

 

Materials:

 

Extra Practice:

If you’re looking for more practice (maybe you have longer than two months to study or you’re a very efficient studier), try…
 

ACT Practice Test

ACT practice test pdf

Magoosh’s ACT Practice Exam features over 200 of our premium questions in printable, PDF form. Take it like you would any other timed practice test, then watch the explanation videos for the questions you missed.
 

Magoosh Video Lessons

There are several ACT video lessons on Magoosh that we don’t have time for on this 2 month plan. This is particularly true regarding Math. There are also many Math video lessons that cover more foundational topics or take a more advanced look at them. When you have extra time, watch the lesson videos on the topics you feel you need the most. Or feel free to substitute or add in more advanced or more basic Math lessons depending on your comfort level. For extra practice, you can always practice with additional questions in Magoosh or use the practice questions on the ACT Student website.
 

Week 1: English and Math

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math
      • Intro to ACT Math
      • Backsolving (Word Problems)
      • VICs-Picking Numbers (Word Problems)
      • Mental Math: Estimation (General Math Strategies)
      • Assumptions & Estimation (Geometry)
        (The lesson videos above will help you learn how to attack math problems on the ACT using smart strategies instead of the methods you normally apply in school)
      • Properties of Real Numbers (Arithmetic and Fractions)
      • Intro to Decimals (Arithmetic and Fractions)
      • Fraction Properties – I (Arithmetic and Fractions)
      • Simplifying Expressions (Algebra)
      • Multiplying Expressions (Algebra)
      • Working with Percents (Percents and Ratios)
      • Percent Increases and Decreases (Percents and Ratios)
      • Intro to Ratios (Percents and Ratios)
      • Combining Ratios (Percents and Ratios)
      • Ratios and Rates (Percents and Ratios)
    • English
      • Intro to the ACT English Test
      • ACT English Question Types
      • Subject Verb Agreement
      • Verb Tense
      • Commas
      • Apostrophes
      • Dashes
      • Semicolons
      • Colons
      • Other Punctuation
      • Adjectives and Adverbs
      • Pronoun Cases
      • Idioms
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 30 Math Questions (custom practice set for: Arithmetic & Fractions, Word Problems, and Algebra)
    • 2 English Passages (30 Questions)
    • Review the text or video explanations for any questions you got wrong, and start keeping an error log with notes on the questions you struggled with. (After you complete the questions, you can do this by going to the “practice” tab and setting the question pool to “incorrect” and the number of questions to “no limit.”)
    • In your error log, list each question you got wrong noting:
      • Why you got it wrong
      • What the correct answer is
      • What you would do next time to avoid making the same mistake
  • Blog Reading
  • Half Practice Test
    • Complete the English and Math Sections from Test 1 in The Official ACT Prep Guide, 3rd Edition. Make sure you set aside the time to practice these back-to-back. You are practicing stamina!
    • Check your answers and continue to update your error log.

 

Week 2: Reading and Science

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Reading
      • Introduction to the ACT Reading Test
      • ACT Reading Passage Types
      • ACT Reading Question Types
      • Approaching Passages
      • Wrong Answers
      • Example Passage
      • Basic Strategies
    • Science
      • Intro to the ACT Science Test
      • Intro to Science Test Passage Types
      • Intro to Science Question Types
      • Using Key Terms
      • Unfamiliar Terms
      • Understanding Tables, Graphs, and Figures
      • Finding Trends and Patterns
      • Linking Tables and Graphs
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 2 Reading passages (20 questions)
    • 2 Science Data Representation passages, 2 Science Research Summaries passages (go to the “practice” tab and set the “Section” to Data Representation and Research Summaries, respectively, under “custom practice”)
    • Review text and/or video explanations for incorrect answers, and update your error log.
  • Blog Reading
  • Half Practice Test
    • Complete the Reading and Science Sections from Test 1 in The Official ACT Prep Guide, 3rd Edition. Make sure you set aside the time to practice these back-to-back. You are practicing stamina!
    • Check your answers and continue to update your error log.

 

Week 3: English and Math

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math
      • Triangles – Part I (Geometry)
      • Triangles – Part II (Geometry)
      • Right Triangles (Geometry)
      • Similar Triangles (Geometry)
      • Quadrilaterals (Geometry)
      • Circles (Geometry)
      • Circles, Arcs and Sectors (Geometry)
      • Rectangular Solids (Geometry)
      • Cylinders, Cones, Spheres (Geometry)
    • English
      • Run-on Sentences and Comma Splices
      • Sentence Fragments
      • Misplaced Modifiers
      • Parallelism
      • Singular and Plural
      • Conjunctions
      • Writer’s/Essay Goal
      • Adding or Deleting Sentences
      • Best Illustration Questions
      • Least Acceptable Questions
      • Introducing and Concluding Paragraphs
      • Ordering Sentences and Paragraphs
      • Transitions
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 30 Math Problems set for: Geometry, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios
    • 2 English Passages (30 Questions)
  • Complete all of the practice questions from the “Improving Your ________ Score” chapters of The Official ACT Prep Guide. Think of this as a practice test with a little more guidance and a few more mental breaks.
    • Give yourself 3.5 hours of COMPLETE SOLITUDE for this. No phone, no music, no internet, and no TV! Make sure to review your error log before you begin so that the mistakes you want to avoid are fresh in your mind.We’ll talk about the essay starting next week in this study schedule, so for right now, don’t worry about it.

 

Week 4: Reading, Science, and Essay

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Reading
      • Meaning of Words
      • Main Idea
      • Inference
      • Author’s Method (Purpose)
      • Author’s Voice
    • Science
      • Pacing on the ACT Science Test
      • How to Read the ACT Science Test
      • The Conflicting Viewpoints Passage
      • Math Problems on the ACT Science Test
      • The Scientific Method
      • Answering “Yes/No, Because” Questions
      • Finding Clues in the Answer Choices
    • Writing (if you are taking the essay, make sure to complete all the lessons and essay practice below!)
      • Introduction to the Essay
      • How to Wow the Graders
      • Time Management
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 2 Reading passages (20 questions)
    • 2 Conflicting Viewpoints passages (set the Section to “Conflicting Viewpoints”), 1 Research Summaries Passage, 1 Data Representation Passage
    • Review all incorrect answers. Go to the “practice” tab, set the question pool to “incorrect” and the number of questions to “no limit.” Continue to update your error log.
  • Blog Reading
  • Half Practice Test
    • English and Math sections from Test 3 from The Official ACT Prep Guide Guide. Remember to find a quiet space, time yourself, and update your error log when you are done!

 

Week 5: English, Math, and Essay

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • English
      • Redundant Meanings
      • Ambiguous Pronouns
      • Concision and Wordiness
      • Clarity in Phrasing
      • Tone
      • Passive and Active Voice
      • Pronoun Agreement
    • Math
      • The Coordinate Plane (Coordinate Geometry)
      • Graphing Lines (Coordinate Geometry)
      • Slope (Coordinate Geometry)
      • Distance Between Two Points (Coordinate Geometry)
      • Reflections in the x-y plane (Coordinate Geometry)
      • Rotations in the x-y plane (Coordinate Geometry)
      • Regions of Inequalities (Coordinate Geometry)
      • FOIL Method (Algebra)
      • Two Equations, Two Unknowns – I (Algebra)
      • Inequalities – I (Algebra)
    • Writing
      • Example Essay Prompt
      • Planning the Essay
      • Coming up with Examples
      • Structuring the Essay
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 30 Math Problems set for: Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, Geometry, Coordinate Geometry and Integer Properties
    • 2 English Passages (30 Questions)
    • Review all incorrect answers. Go to the “practice” tab, set the question pool to “incorrect” and the number of questions to “no limit.” Remember to update your error log.
  • Blog Reading (it’s about that point in the study schedule where studying and life might be getting to you a little bit, so let’s talk about getting refreshed!)
  • Half Practice Test + Essay Practice
    • Reading and Science Sections from Test 3 of The Official ACT Prep Guide. Remember to find a quiet space, time yourself, and update your error log when you are done!
    • If you are taking the essay, practice writing an essay on a topic from the ACT here or use one of Magoosh’s practice essays (go to the “practice” tab, select “practice test” and skip to the end of a practice test to find a prompt.)

 

Week 6: Everything

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • English
      • Comparatives and Superlatives
      • Neither/Norv
      • Who v. Whom
      • Word Choice
      • Dependent and Independent Clauses
      • Parenthetical Information
    • Math
      • Law of Exponents – I (Powers and Roots)
      • Law of Exponents – II (Powers and Roots)
      • Negative Exponents (Power and Roots)
      • Square Roots (Powers and Roots)
      • Intro to SOHCAHTOA (Trigonometry)
      • SOHCATOA and Special Triangles (Trigonometry)
      • Fundamental Trig Identities (Trigonometry)
      • Trigonometric Functions (Trigonometry)
      • Inverse Trig Functions (Trigonometry)
      • Unit Circle: Intro and Quadrants (Trigonometry)
      • Matrices (Trigonometry)
    • Writing
      • The Introduction
      • The Body Paragraphs
      • The Conclusion
      • The Importance of Style
      • Top Grammar Rules for the Essay
      • Proofreading Your Essay
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 English Questions
    • 20 Math Questions set for all categories
    • 20 Reading Questions
    • 3 Science Passages (of any type)
  • Blog Reading
  • Full Practice Test: Test 2 in The Official ACT Prep Guide, 3rd Edition.
    • You need 3.5 hours of COMPLETE SOLITUDE for this. No phone, no music, no internet, and no TV! Try to mimic the conditions of the test as closely as possible. Make sure to review your error log before you begin so that the mistakes you want to avoid are fresh in your mind. Make sure to find a quiet place and to complete the practice test in the allotted time limits.
    • If you are taking the Writing test, make sure to write a complete essay and compare it to the sample essays in the book. You can also use a sample essay from Magoosh (go to the “practice” tab, select “practice test,” and skip to the essay section).

 

Week 7: Everything

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math
      • Absolute Value Equations (Algebra)
      • Absolute Value Inequalities (Algebra)
      • Age Questions (Word Problems)
      • Intro to Motion Questions (Word Problems)
      • Average Speed (Word Problems)
      • Arithmetic Sequences (Word Problems)
      • Geometric Sequences (Word Problems)
      • Intro to ACT Data Interpretation (Data Interpretation)
      • Types of Graphics (Data Interpretation)
      • Tables of Values (Data Interpretation)
      • Intro to Complex Numbers (Extra Topics)
      • Logarithms (Extra Topics)
      • Circles in the x-y Plane (Coordinate Geometry)
      • Mean, Median and Mode (Statistics)
      • Weighted Averages (Statistics)
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 English Questions
    • 20 Math Questions set for all categories
    • 20 Reading Questions
    • 3 Science Passages (of any type)
    • Review all incorrect answers. Go to the “practice” tab, set the question pool to “incorrect” and the number of questions to “no limit.” Update your error log!
  • Full Practice Test
    • Use the practice test at the back of the Preparing for the ACT guide–it is the most recently released ACT test available! Print it out, and make sure you set aside the time to complete the test in one sitting. Remember to review your error log before you begin so you are on the lookout for anything that normally trips you up. I recommend taking this one at a library or other quiet place where you are surrounded by other people. If you are taking the essay, make sure to do the essay as well and ask a trusted friend, parent, or teacher to grade it using the ACT rubric. Check your answers and continue to update your error log.

 

Week 8: Everything + Final Review

(This week, rest is the most important thing. Make sure to get plenty of sleep each night, even if it comes at the expense of the practice suggested below. In fact, you should consider practice this week to be optional. The only essential components are that you review your error log, make your “cheat sheet” for test day review, pack your bag, and get sleep!)

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math
      • Introduction to Counting (Counting)
      • Fundamental Counting Principle (Counting)
      • Intro to Probability (Probability)
      • Arithmetic with Complex Numbers (Extra Topics)
      • Transformation of Functions (Extra Topics)
      • Formal Logic (Extra Topics)
    • Magoosh Practice
      • 20 English Questions
      • 20 Math Questions set for all categories
      • 20 Reading Questions
      • 3 Science Passages (of any type)
      • Review all incorrect answers. Go to the “practice” tab, set the question pool to “incorrect” and the number of questions to “no limit.” Update your error log!
      • Review your error log and re-watch any lessons on topics you have continued to struggle with.
      • Watch any additional math videos on topics you are uncertain about (or want to view the more advanced videos on)
    • Blog Reading:

The day before your test

      • Review your entire error log and make yourself a “cheat sheet” of final reminders to review the morning of the exam. This can include things like “Watch out for run-on sentences!” and “The area of a trapezoid is (base 1 + base 2)/2 * height.”
      • Review last-minute test day tips once more and pack your bag.
      • Relax. Do something you enjoy. Go to bed early for at least several days before the test.

 

TEST DAY!

      • It’s test day, which means no last minute prep! Do some light exercise, eat a full breakfast, and give yourself plenty of time to get to the test center. Don’t forget:
        • #2 pencils (not mechanical)
        • calculator
        • watch
        • drink
        • snack
        • admissions ticket
        • photo ID
        • jacket or sweatshirt
      • Review your list of last-minute pointers before you go into the testing center so you can walk into the test confident that you have put in three months of hard work and are ready to show it!

 

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