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## How To Prep For The ACT English Section

September 18, 2012

ACT English: 75 questions in 45 minutes First off: don’t panic.  You don’t have to memorize every last bit of English grammar in the world.  That would take far too long and be confusing in the long run.  Rather, break down your knowledge in several sections and strategies that will help you score the best you can.  Punctuation  -        Semi-colons: Used like periods in that they separate two complete sentences.  The only catch is that these sentences should be related to each other.  The most important part here is that there must be a complete sentence on e... Read More About How To Prep For The ACT English Section

## How To Prep For The ACT Math Section

September 16, 2012

ACT MATH: 60 questions in 60 minutes The best approach to the math section of the ACT is to break down the various questions into categories.  That way the page doesn’t look like a mish-mash of numbers but rather: two geometry problems, an algebra problem, and a graphing problem.  You need to know several main categories and memorizing a couple of formulas will help down the home stretch. Basics: Know how to determine the average of something and how to find percentages.  Know how to add and multiply fractions and how to work exponents. Algebra: This covers questions with “x” and “y” in it. ... Read More About How To Prep For The ACT Math Section

## How To Prep For The ACT Science Section

September 10, 2012

ACT Science: 40 questions, 35 minutesA lot of students worry about the science section of the test because they don’t feel very comfortable with science classes.  Good news!  You do not have to memorize any formulas from biology, chemistry, physics, or any other science class.  Almost every last piece of information you need to know for this section can be found in the graphs and charts provided for each passage.  There are three types of passages in the science section:  Charts and Graphs  These passages will have very little writing and feature large or multiple charts and/or graphs.  For these se... Read More About How To Prep For The ACT Science Section

## How To Prep For the ACT Reading Section

September 08, 2012

ACT Reading section: 40 questions, 35 minutesFor most students, reading less is better.  This might seem counterintuitive, but most people take too much time reading the passage and then remember too little of it.  The better option is to attack the passage strategically so that you don’t have to read the entire thing, or if you do, read it in small chunks. Look at the questions and see if there are any key words.  These include proper nouns, dates or other numbers, or definition or category words.  Try to find that key word in the passage and then read the couple sentences around it.  Keep in mind that any word... Read More About How To Prep For the ACT Reading Section

## What To Know About The Writing Section Of The ACT

August 09, 2012

The ACT Plus Writing includes an optional supplement to the standard exam. The half-hour test assesses your writing skills – especially those writing skills emphasized in your high school English courses and in entry-level college composition classes. We’ll go over if you should register to take the additional Writing Test, what the prompt looks like, how to optimize your exam grade, and exactly what the ACT scorers are looking for when they read your essay.  What does the Writing Test look like? The writing portion of the ACT gives a single prompt that describes an issue and the opposing points of view on the subject. You wil... Read More About What To Know About The Writing Section Of The ACT

## What To Know About The Math Section Of The ACT

August 07, 2012

The ACT Mathematics section is designed to assess the mathematical proficiency students have typically acquired in courses taken by the end of the 11th grade.  Students receive an hour to finish the 60-question math section – which boils down to roughly a minute per question.  The multiple-choice problems cover content areas such as pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry.  Students must be comfortable using computational skills and basic formulas, but a knowledge of complex formulas or the ability to perform extensive computation... Read More About What To Know About The Math Section Of The ACT

## What To Know About The Science Section Of The ACT

August 03, 2012

The science portion of the ACT is known to be one of the trickier sections, for good reason. It is tricky.  Content ranges from physics, chemistry, and biology to the Earth and space sciences (such as meteorology, astronomy, and geology).  Detailed knowledge of these areas is not necessary, for the the exam emphasizes scientific reasoning skills rather than recall of scientific facts, reading comprehension, or mathematical ability.  In other words, the key is not memorizing chemistry formulas or physics equations, but being able to understand exactly what a question is asking, and knowing how to figure out the answer.  &nb... Read More About What To Know About The Science Section Of The ACT

## What To Know About The English Section On The ACT

July 31, 2012

The English portion of the ACT consists of 75 questions that measure written English and rhetorical skills.  Students receive 45 minutes in which to complete this section, which consists of five prose passages with corresponding multiple-choice questions.  The types of passages vary; one may be a personal narrative, and the next may be a textbook excerpt.    Questions will often refer to underlined portions of the passages, and offer several alternatives as possible answers.  Students will be asked to select the example that is the most appropriate in terms of the context.  Besides asking about sp... Read More About What To Know About The English Section On The ACT

## What To Know About The ACT

May 26, 2012

The ACT, (originally an acronym for American College Testing) is a standardized exam that measures what you have learned in your high school courses, and serves as an alternative to the SAT examination for college admissions.  All four-year colleges and universities accept ACT results.   The ACT covers four subject areas; English, Mathematics,Reading, and Science, along with an optional Writing section.  The ACT is not an IQ or aptitude exam; rather, the material directly relates to what you have learned in your high school courses.  In other words, the more you challenge yourself in the classroom, the more prepared y... Read More About What To Know About The ACT

## How To Improve Your ACT Score

April 12, 2012

By now, you’ve probably heard your older brothers’ or sisters’ tales of it – and your teachers talk all about how important or difficult it can be. But, the fact that you’re reading this post and considering working with an ACT tutor already puts you a step above the rest. And guess what, we’re going to give you even more help with the following ACT prep tips. Background: Some colleges prefer the ACT over the SAT and vice versa. But, most will consider whichever you score higher on. Unlike the SAT, you can’t combine sections from previous tests to create an aggregate score. The ACT has five sections:... Read More About How To Improve Your ACT Score

## The Rise Of The ACT

September 18, 2010

The SAT has predominantly been the staple of standardized tests for students hoping to be accepted into the nation’s top colleges. However, in recent years the ACT is becoming more popular, according to an article by Bob Schaeffer, public education director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, published in The Washington Post.             The SAT was created over 80 years ago, and 20 years ago 75% more students took the SAT than the ACT. The ACT was largely a regional test, more popular in the South, Midwest, Southwest and Mountain states.      ... Read More About The Rise Of The ACT

## Exercise Before Tests

June 20, 2010

High school students annually stress over SAT and ACT test scores. Parents and other figures offer countless little tips to boost students’ performances. Eat a good breakfast, they say. Get a good night’s sleep, they prod.  Have a nice cup of coffee, they advise.             These are all simple, little tips that could boost a student’s thought process and generate higher scores. Furthermore, exercising the morning of your big ACT or SAT test could also help increase your score, according to an article in The US News & World Report.     &nbs... Read More About Exercise Before Tests

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