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Top 20 Most Used ACT words

  • adhere (verb) to stick to
  • anticipate (verb) to look forward or predict.
  • characteristic (adjective) qualities of person, place or thing.
  • compose (verb) to write or create.
  • critical (adjective) express negative feelings or criticism.
  • determine (verb) make a decision based on evidence or facts.
  • differentiate(verb) find differences
  • engage (verb) to participate or attract interest.
  • glaring (adjective) reflecting a strong light, very obvious.
  • hypothesis (noun) a starting place for investigation.
  • imminent (adjective) happening right now or within a very short time.
  • inevitable (adjective) unable to avoid.
  • intuition (noun) to see or feel the future, like a gut feeling.
  • justify (verb) to uncover a good reason for the action.
  • omit (verb) to delete
  • precede (verb) to come before.
  • redundant (adjective) to do it over and over again
  • trivial (adjective) with little meaning.
  • uniform (adjective) not changing, the same and also a piece of clothing.

When Should you take the ACT?


What should I do?

My advice to students applying to competitive colleges is to take the ACT once in the spring of junior year and once in the fall of senior year.

However, the best time to take the ACT depends on a variety of factors: the schools to which you’re applying, your application deadlines, your cash flow and your personality.  Your score does not always improve by taking the test multiple times.

The ACT is offered six times in a year: September, October, December, February, April and May.

If you’re a senior applying early action or early decision, you’ll want the September exam. Scores from exams later in the fall may not reach colleges in time.

If you’re a junior you have several options. One is  to wait until senior year — there’s no requirement to take the exam junior year, and taking the exam more than once doesn’t always have a measurable benefit. If you’re applying to one of the country’s top universities or top colleges, it probably is a good idea to take the exam in the spring of junior year. Doing so allows you to get your scores, compare them to the score ranges in the college profiles, and see if taking the exam again in senior year makes sense. By testing junior year, you have the opportunity to use the summer to take practice exams, work with me through ACT preparation or take an ACT prep course either in person or online.

As a sophomore it is not necessary to take the ACT but you may want to work through a practice test just to see how you would do.  Remember to take sufficient math courses in order to answer the trigonometry questions in the math section.  Many students do not take trig but wish they would have later on.

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