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Math Section Help?

ally4503ally4503 0 replies1 discussions
I took the ACT in April and was disappointed when I received my scores. My reading, English, and science scores were all 30 or above but my math score was a 22. I have never been especially good at math, but I am usually not that bad. When I was taking the test, I ran out of time and had to skip the last 5 math questions.

I am taking the test again in June and I am not sure how to practice. I have done some of the books, but it really doesn't seem to help. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to prepare for the math section and/or how to distribute my time when taking the test?

Any suggestions would be great!
edited May 2013 in ACT Preparation
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  • FotogenikFotogenik 56 replies2 discussions
    Practice tests! Just do the math sections, since you seem to have the most trouble with that. Doing tests over and over (under time constraints) will allow you to move faster.

    Do you find the problems challenging? If so, I would recommend taking a diagnostic test to see which subject area you feel the worst about - then do some intensive studying for that area.
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  • bibliophile3bibliophile3 1 replies0 discussions Forum Champion
    I would recommend reading up on math basics that can be found in most (if not all) ACT review books. The books go through basic algebra skills and whatever other background math that is needed for the exam. In addition to that, make sure to take lots of practice tests and to pace yourself.
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  • student1122student1122 13 replies2 discussions
    Best way to improve in math is by doing the Barron's ACT 36. It was a huge help for me.
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  • billcshobillcsho 241 replies2 discussions Junior Member
    Having 22/36 in Math means there are many holes that you need to cover. Did you look at that carefully to see which part of Math you did worse and need more work on it? For instance, if it is Geo or Tri, you may want to spend some time to review materials on that area. Doing more practice test and going through the answers would help, but that would be a less direct approach to tackle the problem.
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  • student1122student1122 13 replies2 discussions
    In my opinion, take a math drill after studying some concepts, calculate your score, review your mistakes, do the same drill again after a few days and make sure you don't repeat your mistakes. That's the best way to strengthen your concepts.
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