Make Your ACT Practice Tests More Effective By Tracking Your Scores
Many people believe that the ACT only tests your intelligence or academic aptitude. However, this isn’t entirely true! In reality, the ACT tests your ability to prepare for and perform on a challenging timed exam. This means that preparation and practice will have a huge effect on improving your test performance.
One of the best ways to prepare for the ACT is by taking practice tests. While fitting in a four-hour practice test on the weekend can be a pain, the payoff is huge: by practicing under the same conditions you’ll face on test day, you can get used to the length, format, and pacing of the actual test.
Even after you wrap up a practice test, the benefits keep piling on. By using our score tracking worksheet over the course of many practice tests, you can set a baseline score and record your progress from there. This will help you identify your strengths, target areas for improvement, and make changes to your studying as necessary.
With room to write down your raw, scaled, and composite scores for each practice or official test, a score tracking worksheet will make your test prep more organized and effective. You can download your own here.
Bonus: Combine our score tracking worksheet with our study calendars for an even more organized study strategy! Our study calendars encourage you to schedule a practice test every week, so your score tracking worksheet will come in handy.
How to use the Score Tracking Worksheet
After you’ve taken a test, it’s easy to fill out the score tracking worksheet. First, enter the date and indicate whether the test you’ve just taken was a timed or untimed practice test at home. It’s also a great idea to record your official ACT scores if you’re taking the test more than once, which is why we’ve given the option to record your results as a real test.
Next, write down how many questions you got right on each section. This number is your raw score. To the right of the arrow in this column, there’s space to record your scaled score. Remember, your scaled score is determined through an equating process to produce a number out of 36. You can find a great raw to scale score converter at Prepscholar.com
The final column asks you to calculate your composite score. This is typically the score that you share with colleges, so it’s very important to pay attention to this score as you prepare for the ACT. To determine your composite score, add your four scaled subject scores and divide by four.
If you had any observations, notes, and tips that you want to remember for your next practice test, jot them down in the space for notes at the bottom of the page. You want to provide as much continuity between practices as possible in order to make the most of your studying.
The next time you study, make sure you incorporate what you’ve learned from the worksheet, such as by shifting the focus of your studying to the subjects that challenge you. With a fully completed worksheet, you’re one step closer to getting a great score on the ACT!