You’ve got an ACT or SAT (or LSAT or GMAT) exam coming up and want the best score possible. Maybe you’ve read the Princeton books, practiced online, or taken a prep course. You’ve looked up the best tips for doing well on your exam, which include:
- Pace yourself and don’t spend too much time on any one reading passage or question.
- Pay attention to the five-minutes-remaining announcement on each test–time is running out.
- Answer the questions you know first; then, if you have time, go back and tackle the more difficult ones.
- Above all–breathe. Don’t be nervous. Don’t panic! Easier said than done, if you haven’t the reading speed to get through the exam in the allotted time.
All of these tips involve not wasting that most precious exam commodity: time. That’s right. Doing well on the ACT or SAT, or any professional or standardized exam, comes down to a matter of time, time to read quickly through the exam while retaining comprehension and confidence without feeling panicky and rushed. Traditional prep work for the exam–whether done online, by a book, or in class–helps with the exam content, but does nothing to speed up your test taking.
If you can take the time to save time, a speed reading course is your best bet for ensuring you have the time to complete and excel on your college entrance exam. Not only will you increase your reading speed to easily complete it, you will also increase your comprehension and confidence. With speed reading in your arsenal, you will go into your exam knowing you have the time to complete your exam and achieve a higher score. If you’re out of time to take a course, you can save some time by using the tip on this link.
Judith Barker and Bonnie James