Countdown to the ACT: Kaplan Test Prep Offers Students Free Study Resources and Strategies as They Get Ready for Test Day on October 27

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New York, NY (September 14, 2012) – With less than two months to go before the October 27 administration of the ACT — one of the two major college admissions exams required by most colleges and universities – Kaplan Test Prep is providing students with free score-raising online resources and some do’s and don’t’s to help increase their odds of Test Day success.   Through September 30, students can take advantage of Cram Sessions™ for the ACT for free (normally valued at $19.99 for each session), where they will learn about the exam’s structure and question types; score –raising strategies; time management tips during the test; and receive a recommended study plan.

  • For Cram Sessions™ for ACT Math: 10 Key Strategies for a Higher Math Score, register here.
  • For Cram Sessions™ for ACT Science: 10 Key Strategies for a Higher Science Score, register here.

PRE-TEST ADVICE

  • Find the test location beforehand.  Test day is not a good time to get lost!
  • Check the test maker’s site for information on security measures.
  • Prepare your test-day kit the night before.  Bring your calculator, extra batteries, No. 2 pencils, a sharpener, bottled water or Gatorade, a watch, ID and admissions ticket.  Pack high-energy snacks as you will need to refuel during the breaks to stay mentally alert.
  • Take the night before the test off.  Relax, recharge your mental batteries – and get a good night’s sleep.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.  You need sustenance for the four-hour test – but stay away from caffeine and high-sugar foods that will cause your energy level to spike then crash.
  • Dress in layers.  Test centers can vary from sauna-like to frigid, so be prepared.  Being too cold or too hot can distract from your concentration.

TEST DAY STRATEGIES

  • If you don’t know the answer, guess – don’t skip. On the ACT, you earn one point for each correct answer, but unlike the SAT, you lose no points for questions you get wrong.
  • Use order of difficulty to your advantage.  On early questions, an answer that looks right probably is.  On the later questions, those are probably traps. 
  • Backsolve.  Most ACT questions are multiple-choice, so the answer is in front of you.  If you can’t solve the problem the conventional way, work backward from the answer choices.

More than 1.6 million students from the class of the 2012 took the ACT – an increase of about 45% since 2002.  A record 52% of the 2012 U.S. high school graduating class took the ACT.  Every college and university across the United States accepts both the ACT and SAT for admission.

Registration for the October 27 exam closes on September 21.  Students can register at www.ACT.org.

For additional tips, students can like Kaplan Test Prep at www.Facebook.com/KaplanSAT and follow on Twitter at @KaplanSATACT.

About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses.  Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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