It’s important to be prepared for the ACT by studying, taking practice tests, and attending Boot Camps or other MasteryPrep classes. However, there are a few essential items that you should also bring with you to the ACT. Since these are easy to overlook, many students forget to bring them to test day. Don’t be one of them!
The ACT is a timed test, but that does not guarantee there will be a working clock in the room where you are testing. Bring a watch! We recommend one that has a stopwatch or the ability to count down so you can pace yourself during the test. You also are not allowed to bring your cellphone, so don’t rely on your phone or apps to keep time.
The testing site may or may not offer extra pencils, so your best bet is to bring your own. There is no terror like your pencil lead breaking in the middle of an important test and you don’t have a replacement. Bringing 3-4 extra pencils will ensure that if a few of them break, you will still be able to finish the test. Unless you’re bringing mechanical pencils, pre-sharpen all your pencils as well. Additionally, before test day, try out the erasers to be sure they don’t smudge lead.
Even though the math section can be completed without a calculator, bring one anyway. The testing site is not required to offer extras, and it can help you solve a tough question more quickly. Get familiar with different functions on the calculator before test day.
It’s true that the ACT tests your college readiness, but it also tests you in other ways, like preparation. If you make a habit out of the tips featured on this blog, you will learn more than just how to prepare for the ACT. You will also learn foresight and planning, which you can apply to several areas in your future.