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As a sophomore, how can I get my ACT score to the highest it can be?

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I'm a sophomore, I'm taking the ACT for the first time, and I really want to get into UNC Chapel Hill. If I get a great score this time, I won't have to take the ACT ever again, so how can I maximize my ACT?

Ps. I have the Red Book and have practiced with it a bunch, but I can't get past 32.

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Review which questions you struggle with. Is it reading, math, or science? Focus on those areas.

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1. Your 32 on practice tests is a great start and puts you in a competitive range for UNC! Good luck on the real test - you might surprise yourself!

2. If you have test anxiety, try strategies to reduce it. Trust yourself. Eat healthy and get good sleep! This matters for when you take the real test but you should also make a point to do it before your practice tests too!

3. If you struggle with timing (either you go too fast or too slowly), try new strategies in your practice exams. Wear a watch. If you're going too fast, slow yourself down and give yourself more time on questions you find are more challenging. If you are going too slow, you can save time by learning strategies to read faster, memorizing the instructions for each section so you can skip right to the questions, and/or figuring out how to quickly identify when a question is too hard for you so you can guess and move on.

4. Identify which section is proving to be the most difficult for you. Focus a greater portion of your study time practicing that section!

5. You can also wait to take the ACT until your junior year if you only want to take it once! That way you have more knowledge and confidence after a few more months of learning in your high school classes. This works unless you are required by your school to take it sophomore year for some reason.