The First Step to Preparing for the ACT

Before we do anything else, it’s important to first make sure that you’re actually motivated to spend time and effort preparing for the ACT. As with most other things in life, if you’re not motivated, you’re not going to do it.

Five Reasons to be Motivated for the ACT

In this post, we’re going to give you five reasons to be motivated to spend time and effort preparing for the ACT:


  1. First, preparing for the ACT is not something you are doing for your parents or for your school—you’re doing it for yourself and for your own future. Getting a good score on the ACT will open up doors to countless colleges and jobs that would not have been available to you otherwise. When you spend time and effort preparing for the ACT, you are giving yourself the best chance possible at going to the college you want to go to and getting the job you want.
  2. Second, colleges take ACT scores seriously. It’s one of the most important factors that colleges look at in the admissions process because it’s really the only way that colleges can compare students objectively. Every student who takes the ACT takes the exact same test in the exact same way. In contrast, the grades that you get in high school are heavily dependent on factors that colleges can’t control, such as the quality of the teachers you had, the difficulty of the curriculum, the kind of homework assigned, etc. Colleges know what an ACT score means—they can’t truly know what a student’s high school grades truly mean. This is why the ACT is such an important part of your college application.
  3. Third, doing well on the ACT can help you get a great head start in college. Many colleges will give you exemptions or credit for certain classes if you get a certain ACT score. Not having to take these classes can save you valuable time, energy, and money.
  4. Fourth, doing well on the ACT can earn you thousands of dollars in scholarships. This is money that you do not need to pay back, and money that will give you a head start financially over other students after you graduate from college.
  5. And finally, developing your reading ability to prepare for the ACT will be something that will benefit you for the rest of your life—reading quickly and at a high level is a skill that will help you succeed in college, get a job, advance in a job, and much more. Our next session will focus on just how important your reading ability is for the ACT.


So, as you continue preparing for the ACT, try to keep this idea in mind: “The time and effort I spend preparing for the ACT is for myself and for my own future, and the payoff will be absolutely worth it. I’m going to make sacrifices now, so I won’t have any regrets in the future.”

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