Test Tips:
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Have everything ready for the test before you leave: admission ticket, calculator and ID. Leave early in case there are traffic problems.
  • Thinking "I am going to ACE this test!" will pump you up to concentrate.
  • Carefully read the instructions for each test.
  • Focus only on the question in front of you.
  • Answer the questions you know first, then go back to work on the harder ones.
  • On the ACT, it’s OK to guess, because wrong answers don’t count off. On the SAT, they may count off, so guessing isn’t a good tactic.

Planning for College

Entrance and Placement Tests

Most colleges in Kentucky require students to take the ACT or SAT to be admitted. One good thing about taking the ACT or SAT is that you may earn a KEES bonus based on how well you do. Remember: The bonus is based on the highest composite score you get on a test you take before you graduate.

Study guides from ACT, SAT and other publishers are available on CDs or in book form. You can get these materials from your school counselor, a bookstore or online. Many high schools and smaller colleges offer prep classes free or for a small fee.

Test prep websites:

  • March 2 Success, a free website that can help you in language arts, mathematics, and science.
  • www.act.org, a site with sample ACT questions and links to test dates, fees and interpreting test scores.
  • www.collegeboard.org, a site with sample SAT questions and links to test dates, fees and interpreting test scores.