It's my last year of highschool. Any advice?Answered
Hello, CollegeVine community! My last year of highschool is next year. I need some advice on how to bump up my application in front of admissions officers. I plan on re-taking my ACT which is really vital for me. How do I raise my score by six points (my collegevine tells me I need to raise it six points to reach my target school)? Any advice from people who did well on the ACT will help! I also have a few extracurriculars under my belt but I need some more guidance regarding how to polish my resume. Thanks!
As far as ACT prep goes 6 points is a lot to raise by your test date. I’m assuming you’re taking the exam in sep/oct since you will probably be applying in Nov for ED/EA or definitely Dec for general/regular admissions. You can definitely improve your score but you will need a LOT of dedication, focus, and motivation. look for as many free resources online as you can, like study strategies, practice exams, practice questions, free tutoring or help videos, etc. Method Test Prep is free through Khan Academy (i think this might only be available if your school pays for your membership but you should still check it out regardless). You should make a daily study schedule and make sure you keep to it - the key is efficiency and "smart" studying rather than just doing practice problems - make sure you learn the material you still don't know/are confused on and learn from your mistakes to avoid repeating them.
IMO the biggest and most helpful resource is an ACT prep book (princeton review makes a great one and it's around $20). It has many many practice tests, questions, and sections that explain everything. There is also so much stuff available on the internet that is free for you to use. If you can afford it you really should consider investing in some ACT tutoring as well; idk how it would work with the current coronavirus situation but it might be remote via zoom.
For extracurriculars try to start your own initiative if possible (blog, club, website, etc) and you want to show dedication, time commitment, leadership (officer positions) if possible, and awards/recognition. Try to get leadership position or awards in extracurriculars that you’re already in. It helps if your extracurriculars are centered around the field you want to study in college.
I got a 36 on both of those sections and I’ll give some advice on each of these that has helped me and other people I know.
Math: People who struggle with math usually do so because of the time constraints. The best way to combat this is to do practice sections with more time than usual and slowly get down to the normal limit. Also keep in mind that the questions get harder toward the end. So try to avoid rushing and missing an easier question just so you can attempt a question you have a higher chance of missing. All questions are weighted the same.
Science: The technique that I see touted the most for science is annotating. This is to say you make small notes of what the question is looking for so that you can quickly identify what you’re looking for on the chart. For example if a question is asking you to identify the river with the greatest ph in a specific year. You would write down next to the question : river , >, ph, (year). This helps clarify the question and makes the answer easy to identify.
Hope this helps!