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Not who you’d think. Listen to this eye-opening interview.
When you have spent time preparing for the ACT, you will know what the directions are. They will not change between now and when you take the test, so you do not have to spend time re-reading directions you have already read with your tutor. Also, ask your tutor if you should even follow the directions. For example, the ACT English test directions give the test taker some really bad advice. Look in the directions, in the last paragraph of the directions, it says, “Read each passage through once before you begin to answer the questions that accompany it.” I do not want you to do that. What that’s telling you to do is read the whole passage, and then go back and start again, and do the questions — there’s not time for that. Not only that, you’ll be reading all these mistakes right, and you’ll be wanting to fix it up right then.
But look at the next line in the directions: “For many of the questions you must read several sentences beyond the question to determine the answer. So be sure you have read far enough ahead each time you choose an alternative.” That’s what you’re going to do instead.
The first thing you should do is read the sentence that the question is in and see if that’s enough information to answer it. 90% of the time, just reading the sentence that the question is, in is going to be enough to answer it, but every now and again you will need more context. In those cases, you will need to read above the sentence with the underline or below it, to get the context.
Multiple choice tests are not all alike. Let’s talk about the way that the ACT works and test taking hygiene. Now they’ve taught us how to wash our hands: you’ve got to take the whole 20 seconds. Test taking hygiene is the same. Always read every answer, because they put in distractors. The test writers put some things in that wrong answer B that made it look right. If you do not keep reading and read all your answer options, then you’re not going to catch that another answer is better because you didn’t even read it, and more times than not, you might choose the wrong answer. And without reading all of the answer options, there’s not a good chance of raising your score.
Read every answer option. That is not a place to take a shortcut.
And the reason that’s not a place to take a shortcut is that the ACT is nothing like the tests that your teacher gives you. If a teacher makes a multiple choice test, and you’ve studied, and you get to B and B is the right answer, and you know it because you’ve studied it, you can choose B and move on without reading the other ones. Trust me, the ACT is different.
The ACT is a valid and reliable test, so there are three wrong answers and one right answer, the ACT writes what they call distractors. Distractors are wrong answers that really look right. Therefore, expect to have to work at this test.