ACT / SAT Pro Tips: Wait To Bubble Your Answers

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Speed is of essence when it comes to the ACT and SAT. After all, you only have so much time to answer all the questions in each section. However, the faster you go, the more likely you are to make mistakes, for which you would then end up losing out on points.

While there is no easy solution to this particular dilemma, there is one strategy that can help you get the best of both worlds, speed as well as accuracy. The trick lies in waiting to bubble your answers.  Here’s how you do it:

First Mark All Of Your Answers On The Test Booklet

Most students read the question, decide the answer, bubble it in on their question sheet, and move on to the next question. While this is a completely normal strategy, it takes time. Instead, try marking your answers on the test booklet first. Circle your answer right on the book itself, and move on.

Now It’s Time To Bubble In Your Answers On The Answer Sheet

After you get to the last question on that particular page, fill in the bubbles onto your answer sheet. Not only does this help you save up on time, but it also helps you stay more focused, and minimizes your chances of making errors in the alignment.

Waiting to bubble your answers in the answer paper is a great tip for pacing yourself and staying more focused when answering the ACT or the SAT.

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