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Dealing with Difficult Reading Passages on the SAT and ACT

Posted by Mike S. on Fri, May 18, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

The SAT and the ACT are not designed to be fun tests. That’s probably really obvious to you already! These tests takes forever, have a billion questions, and will turn you into a zombie for the rest of your Saturday.

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Topics: ACT study plan, SAT test, ACT test, SAT study plan, ACT prep, act reading, sat reading, sat prep

Common Wrong Answer Choices on the SAT and ACT Reading

Posted by Mike S. on Fri, Apr 06, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Many to-be ACT and SAT takers absolutely dread the Reading section for a series of totally fair reasons. The passages can be mind-numbingly boring. Questions about tone and author’s purpose seem cruelly subjective. So many of the questions have various answer choices that seem fine.

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ACT Science: Extracting Signals Through Noise to Improve Your Score

Posted by Steve Markofsky on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 @ 09:20 AM

“Ever thought about taking the ACT?”

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Topics: ACT study plan, ACT overview, ACT test, ACT Science, ACT prep

Designing an ACT Study Plan? Here are our Recommended ACT Study Materials

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Dec 29, 2016 @ 02:54 PM


When designing an ACT study plan, one key question is “what materials will I use?” Luckily, the most effective material is also the most inexpensive (more on that later).

To begin, it’s helpful to ask yourself one basic question: am I fundamentally comfortable using online materials or not? There are many web-sites and “apps” available to help you prepare for the ACT. But for some people, plain old paper and pencil is still their preferred way to learn. I tend to encourage students to at least consider an online approach, since it’s generally very convenient and because many online resources are “adaptive,” meaning they give you suggested practice content based on how you’ve performed on previous practice problems to build on your strengths and address your weaknesses. But, if an online approach just isn’t for you, don’t force it.

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