After 30 years of helping students get the ACT scores they need to get into their dream schools, here’s the biggest secret we know: A smart test taker is a strategic test taker.
The ACT is different from the tests you take in school, so you need to approach it differently too. These simple strategies are tailor-made for the ACT and come from our proven test-cracking methods. Following these tips are some of the best ways to improve your ACT Score.
5 Simple ACT Tips & Strategies to Maximize Your Score
1. Work questions out of order.
Spending too much time on the hardest problems means you may rush through the easiest. Instead of working questions in order, ask yourself whether a question is a Do Now, Later, or Never.
No need to agonize—this decision can be made very quickly:
- NOW: Does a question look okay? Do you know how to do it? Do it now.
- LATER: Will this question take a long time to work? Leave it and come back to it later. Circle the question number for easy reference.
- NEVER: Know the topics that are your worst, and learn the signs that flash danger. Don’t waste time on questions you should never do. Instead, use more time to answer the Now and Later questions accurately.
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2. Choose a “Letter of the Day.”
Just because you don’t work a question doesn’t mean you don’t answer it. There is no penalty for wrong answers on the ACT, so you should never leave any blanks on your answer sheet. When you guess on Never questions, pick your favorite two-letter combo of answers and stick with it. For example, always choose A/F or C/H. If you’re consistent, you’re more likely to pick up points.
Don’t waste time on ACT questions you should NEVER do.
3. Forget the right answer—find the wrong ones.
Multiple-choice tests offer one great advantage: They provide the correct answer right there on the page. ACT hides the correct answer behind wrong ones, but when you cross off just one or two wrong answers, the correct answer can become more obvious.
4. Know the best way to bubble in.
If you’re worried about accidentally filling in the wrong bubble on your answer sheet, this tip will save your score.
Work a page at a time on English and Math and a passage at a time on Reading and Science. Circle your answers right on the booklet. Then, transfer a page’s worth of answers to the answer sheet at one time. It’s better to stay focused on working questions rather than disrupt your concentration to find where you left off on the scantron.
5. Tailor your strategy to each section of the ACT.
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Want to learn how to get into acting? No experience? No problem. We all had to start somewhere, right?
Before we continue, ask yourself a question:
“Do I want to get into acting, or do I just want to know how to become famous?”
If you’re reading this article and hoping to be a movie star by tomorrow morning (or even this time next year), then we can’t help you. Becoming an actor takes time, passion, sweat, and most of all, perseverance.
We don’t say this to discourage you. If you want to be a movie star, it’s not impossible. Shoot for the moon! But be prepared to work for it, because there’s no magic formula.
That being said, let’s talk about how to get into acting!
What You Should Do
Read plays and books about acting.
Because just like any other industry, the acting biz has its own terminology, lingo, and mumbo-jumbo. What’s an objective? Where is downstage? What’s a gobo? If you can speak intelligently about these things, you’re one step ahead of the game.
Also, reading plays is a great way to refuel your passion.
Take acting classes.
Scene study, voice and speech, movement, stage combat, etc. It’s good to have talent, but you have to focus and forge that talent into skill.
And by the way, taking an acting class doesn’t have to cost you money. For example, find an acting studio and ask if you can volunteer in their office while you audit their classes.
Make friends with actors.
Acting is a community sport. It’s rarely, almost never done alone. And one thing actors love to do is talk about their process. Find a few and listen in. (But of course, take it with a grain of salt.)
Volunteer backstage. Local community theatres are always looking for volunteers to help with props, sets, costumes, and so on. Then, next time they hold auditions, come in and do a monologue. Why not? You already know everyone in the room!
Become a movie extra.
This is a great way to get your feet wet. (And put some cash in your pocket.)
Watch actors work.
Go watch the movies listed by the AFI (American Film Institute). These actors, living or dead, are the finest example of truthful acting EVER. Examples include Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Lawrence of Arabia, and Gone with the Wind.
Also, go see theatre. Lots of theatre.
A solid, well-crafted audition is the best way to get into acting. That’s why this website exists. So audition often, audition well.
What You Shouldn’t Do
Don’t do mailings.
Actors like to print out hundreds of professional headshots and resumés, and then mail them out to every casting director, agent, and manager in town. Why? Because it makes them feel like they’ve done something for their career.
But you know better. It’s costly, ineffective, and a waste of your time. Better to work on a monologue or audition song.
Don’t pester the powers that be.
Directors and producers won’t cast you if you blow up their phone and inbox with messages. In fact, that’s a great way to get black listed. “Don’t cast that guy, he’s a stalker!”
Don’t lie about your experience.
Another great way to get black listed. “Don’t cast that guy, he’s a lair!”
Don’t alter your appearance.
One of your best assets as an actor is your unique and individual look. Don’t change it based on what others might think.
Don’t talk too much.
It’s better to keep quiet and listen to what’s happening around you. One of our favorite quotes from Robert Redford:
“Really good actors don’t have to talk too much.”
Armed with this new information, you know how to get into acting. So get out there, and let your passion drive you on to great success. Maybe someday you’ll be telling others how to get into acting!
To become an actor it can be extremely expensive…
Actors have to pay for head shots, travel to meetings to find a talent agent, a manager, and still have to pay for acting classes. But what if I told you there is a way to learn how to become an actor without paying for acting classes? Would you believe it? Would you do it? Well, buckle your seatbelt because today we’re going to learn how to teach yourself to become an actor without spending a dime.
In a recent interview, actor Wyatt Russell, who has never taken any acting classes but has appeared in several feature films including 22 Jump Street, Everybody Wants Some, Cowboys and Aliens, and Black Mirror, discussed 4 ways to teach yourself acting. In the interview with No Film School, the actor broke down how actors can learn to become better actors using these 4 tips.
1. Keep it real
“Acting is treated like this thing you can’t touch,” Russell said. “How do I get good at it? To me, it’s: wake up, look around. Everything you see and do is acting. Everybody’s acting. Everybody wants to be seen as a certain type of person. The way you carry yourself down the street. The way you treat me, treat your mom.”
“Whatever the situation calls for, I’ve lived it before in some way or I’ve thought about it in some way,” Russell affirmed. “So why not execute it the way I would execute it myself?” He shook his head, dismissive of less personal methods. “You can’t be taught how to be someone else. You won’t find anything out that way. You have to bring yourself to the party.”
2. Don’t try too hard
“The more challenging roles are where you really start to learn how to manipulate your character—all while staying true to yourself,” he said. “You know when it feels right. But after you’ve made your crucial first step, it’s no longer up to you. It depends on who you’re working with. If they understand the character the way you do—if you’re all on the same page—they can make you believable during production and in post.”
3. If a casting director doesn’t like your audition, take it as a compliment
“Casting is where the two parties ask each other, ‘Do you, the filmmakers, and I see the character in the same light?’ For me, that’s where I get to offer my honest opinion. It means that we have a better chance of making a good movie. And if their opinions don’t match up with mine, then they don’t want me in their movie, and that’s totally fine. After all, it’s their vision.”
4. Leave your comfort zone
“That’s what I tell the students I meet with,” he explained. “Especially the ones who want to be actors. They ask me for guidance and my answer is simple: ‘Wait until you’re 18. Do school plays. Go to college. Travel. Go somewhere unfamiliar. Just watch other people. Experience life while you’re young, without responsibilities to cloud your view.’”
“You have to get outside of your comfort zone,” he insisted. “For me, leaving my house in Santa Monica and meeting people who live with true pain is something I always carry with me. Back when I was playing hockey, I lived in Europe for three years. At one point, I lived with a heroin addict. Then, I lived with a Rwandan refugee, Frank, who had watched his whole family get fucking killed.”
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From technical writing skills, such as punctuation and usage, to the broader concepts of style and organization, the ACT English test is an overall evaluation of your expertise with the language. This study guide will help you review many components of written English in preparation for the ACT test questions.
The Mathematics section of the ACT test requires you to combine knowledge and skills from all of your years of math instruction. Many of the items call on high school level math ability, but you will also be asked to recall much simpler math procedures and modeling in order to answer correctly. This study guide will give you a framework in which to study and an idea of what you may need to review further.
During the ACT test, reading requires more than simply knowing the words and gaining basic meaning from text. You will be asked some “recall” questions, but you will also need to use analysis and reasoning to draw conclusions beyond the text. See what skills may require further review by referring to this study guide as you prepare.
This section of the ACT test provides scientific information and data to which you can refer as you answer questions on scientific topics. While background information on the topic may be helpful, it will be more important to reason and analyze as you choose each answer. Check out this study guide to find out more about what you’ll need to do on test day!
The Writing section of the ACT test is optional, but many students choose to take it to satisfy college application requirements. Find out exactly what test scorers will be looking for when then evaluate your performance on this test by checking out this study guide. Knowing what to expect is always preferred in any testing situation, and we can help!
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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. With this understanding, clients begin to accept their issues and hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behavior, regardless of what is going on in their lives, and how they feel about it.
When It's Used
ACT has been used effectively to help treat workplace stress, test anxiety, social anxiety disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and psychosis. It has also been used to help treat medical conditions such as chronic pain, substance abuse, and diabetes.
What to Expect
Working with a therapist, you will learn to listen to your own self-talk, or the way you talk to yourself specifically about traumatic events, problematic relationships, physical limitations, or other issues. You can then decide if an issue requires immediate action and change or if it can—or must—be accepted for what it is while you learn to make behavioral changes that can affect the situation. You may look at what hasn’t worked for you in the past, so that the therapist can help you stop repeating thought patterns and behaviors that are causing you more problems in the long run. Once you have faced and accepted your current issues, you make a commitment to stop fighting your past and your emotions and, instead, start practicing more confident and optimistic behavior, based on your personal values and goals.
How It Works
The theory behind ACT is that it is not only ineffective, but often counterproductive, to try to control painful emotions or psychological experiences, because suppression of these feelings ultimately leads to more distress. ACT adopts the view that there are valid alternatives to trying to change the way you think, and these include mindful behavior, attention to personal values, and commitment to action. By taking steps to change their behavior while, at the same time, learning to accept their psychological experiences, clients can eventually change their attitude and emotional state.
What to Look for in an Acceptance and Commitment Therapist
Look for a licensed, experienced therapist, social worker, professional counselor or other mental-health professional with additional training in ACT. There is no special certification for ACT practitioners. Skills are acquired through peer counseling, workshops, and other training programs. In addition to these credentials, it is important to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable working.
Assertive Community Treatment is an evidenced-based practice that offers treatment, rehabilitation, and support services, using a person-centered, recovery-based approach, to individuals that have been diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI).
Assertive Community Treatment services include
- assertive outreach
- mental health treatment
- vocational support
- integrated dual disorder treatment
- family education
- wellness skills
- community linkages
- peer support
Services are provided to individuals by a mobile, multi-disciplinary team in community settings. The goal of Assertive Community Treatment services is to assist individuals to achieve their personally meaningful goals and life roles.
ACT Guidance Documents
How to access ACT Services
Individual referrals for ACT services may be made by anyone with the information to complete the ACT referral packet, and can include the following:
- the individual, on his or her own behalf
- family member
- mental health agency or hospital
- mental health service provider
- court system
The process and paperwork needed for an ACT referral can vary by county. ACT services are accessed through the Single Point of Access (SPOA) process, which can also vary by county.
Individuals who reside:
In the five boroughs of New York City:
There is one SPOA that serves the five boroughs. To obtain the referral form, click on the link for the Single Point of Access (SPOA) Care Coordination/ACT Programs OR you can call or email to the following contact info: [email protected]yc.gov or 347-396-7258.
Contact the county mental health services office in the county where the individual resides for detailed referral information. To find the contact information of the Office of the County Director for a specific county, go to County / New York City Directory.
Links to Related Websites
OMH Tableau Data Visualizations – Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Reports – Presents information about individuals served by the New York State ACT program. Comparisons shown between ACT teams, OMH regions and New York State.
New York State ACT Institute – The New York State ACT Institute mission is to provide training, support, and technical assistance to ensure the consistent and effective implementation and continued adherence to the practice of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and other Evidence Based Practices (EBP) by ACT teams in New York State. The ACT Institute is part of the Center for Practice Innovations, NYS Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University.
ACT Institute – ACT Training Curriculum – All ACT teams are required to complete trainings in the ACT Curriculum.
Assisted Outpatient Treatment Reports (AOT) – New York State’s AOT program was developed to ensure that individuals with mental illness, and a history of hospitalizations or violence participate in community-based services appropriate to their needs. This link provides information collected on AOT recipients.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization and is dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.
New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) – NYAPRS is a statewide coalition of people who use and/or provide recovery-oriented community-based services.
SAMHSA’S National Mental Health Information Center – The SAMHSA Assertive Community Treatment Toolkit and other resources are available at this site. The Toolkit contains information sheets for all stakeholders, videos, and workbooks and manuals for practitioners.
No matter what age, remaining calm during an emergency or disaster takes skill and composure—especially for children. Children are our most precious resource—and the most vulnerable—when things turn to chaos. It is essential for parents to keep their children not only physically safe but also mentally safe. The key is to create a solid disaster plan (before the emergency) to alleviate family members’ anxiety or stress.
Parents are the Role Models
The last thing you want during a crisis is chaos. That’s why disaster preparedness should start in the home. Parents’ or caregivers’ role is to protect their children and help them be prepared if disaster strikes. Calm, measured composure begins with a parent’s behavior. If a parent starts panicking, yelling, or crying in an emergency, children will sense the fear and act accordingly. 1
It should be common practice for parents to instruct their children about what to do in a basic emergency. Children may not even know what an emergency is. Start by asking questions such as: What would you do if Mom or Dad fell and could not move? Parents can help their child memorize their last name, home address, phone number, and how to contact 911. Teach children who the emergency workers are, including firefighters, nurses, paramedics, physicians, and police officers—and that it’s ok to trust them and the 911 operator. 2
Children may be fearful or anxious about the emergency but also worried about their pets. Remember to include their favorite items such as a favorite blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal to help soothe them. Always talk openly, focus on the positive, and encourage your children to talk about their fears.
Children will be better equipped to focus and respond calmly and safely with a bit of preplanning and training. Discuss who to call and set a meeting place that is familiar to your family and easy to find. Discuss what natural disasters could occur in your state. Consider any special family needs and practice your plan.
Welcome to FF Logs! This page will help you get familiarized with the Web site and all of its features. You will need an account to upload logs to the site, so if you plan on uploading logs, first create an account. You do need a valid e-mail address, since we verify it via an activation e-mail.
What is a Combat Log?
A combat log is a file created by the game that contains a series of events. These events contain information such as what abilities your team used, what damage they did and to whom, and what healing was received.
The idea behind combat logging is pretty simple: record what happened so that it can be sent to Web site for analysis.
Enabling Combat Logging
The FF Logs Uploader works by monitoring the logs created by the FFXIV Plug-in for ACT (Advanced Combat Tracker). Kdaymea has been kind of enough to prepare a tutorial video regarding setting up ACT. You can view it below.
He has also made a video explaining how to register and link your characters.
In order to upload logs to the Web site, you use a client application. This application can be obtained here. If you have any issues getting the application to launch or install, we encourage you to go to the forums for assistance, since it’s likely someone else has encountered the same issue and can help.
Two Kinds of Logging
There are two ways you can choose to log. The first is to upload the entire log file after your raid is over. The second way is to do what we call live logging. In this model, the client monitors the log file and whenever it sees new events tacked on to the end of the file, it sends those events up to the Web site. The live logging mode is great for when you want to study wipes right after they happened to see what went wrong.
Where Do Logs Go?
You have two choices for where to upload your logs. Every user on FF Logs gets a personal log space just for them, so you can always upload your logs there without ever joining a guild.
The second option for log uploading is to upload your logs to your guild’s area. When you do this, everyone in the guild will be able to see the logs. Think of it as a shared space for official raids by your guild.
Before you can upload logs to a guild, you must first join the guild. If the guild does not exist, you can also create a guild.
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