This summer my tutoring company, Academic All Star Tutoring, launched a new class for area juniors and seniors to help them score better on the ACT test. It has been a week of lots of hard work, and some serious brain drain! However, the effort has been worth it because every student improved on their test results (they take 5 full ACT tests during the class). Some went up by as much as 5 points, which is unusual and awesome at the same time.
We gave the students different testing strategies to use during the test. One such strategy received rave reviews–our bubbling tip. Most often students are taught to put answers on the score sheet after they answer EACH question. We suggested that the students bubble after they have completed a section (math, science reasoning), not after each question. It saves time and time is very precious on the ACT test. They tried it and found that it did indeed save time. Saving a few minutes of time can make a big difference on a timed test.
Try it! You’ll like it.
How do you usually fill in the bubbles on a test? What are some testing strategies that have worked for you?