Keep Up the Pace: Pacing and the ACT

Chalk Talk #47

Time may be the enemy on the ACT, but as with any comic book or superhero movie, an enemy can be defeated with the right mindset and plan of action! In order to beat the clock on the ACT, students must be armed with the right time-management skills and strategies.

Running out of time on test sections causes students to lose potential points. In Math, some of the easiest questions are at the very end of the test. For students who struggle with keeping up with the clock, these can be lost opportunities. An easy way to prevent mismanaged time and achieve significant score gains, is to simply follow a pacing strategy. By knowing how much time to spend on each question or passage, students have a better chance of working through the test in its entirety.

Pacing Guideline:

Subject

Total Qs

Passages

Total Time

Recommended Pace

English

75

5

45

8 minutes per passage

Math

60

 

60

1 minute per question

Reading

40

4

35

8 minutes per passage

Science

40

6

35

5 minutes per passage

Pacing Tips:

  • Monitor your own time on the ACT. Do not rely on the testing supervisor.
  • Always may sure to wear a watch that is functioning properly and fully charged on the day of the test. There may not be a wall clock present
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