Warning: 5th Grade Math Can Kill Your ACT Score

Published on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by

A warning to anyone who is having some trouble with the math section of the SAT or ACT (or with high school math in general): Chances are, your difficulties started far earlier than algebra II or geometry. Students often have difficulties with these advanced subjects when they also have trouble doing the basic operations of math, such as multiplication […]

ACT Math Practice Question: Functions

Published on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 by

If f(x) = 5×2 – 3x – 2, then f(-4) = ? A. -70 B. -4 C. 70 D. 80 E. 90     Scroll down for solution.                   If f(x) = 5×2 – 3x – 2, then f(-4) = ? A. -70 B. -4 C. 70 D. 80 E. 90 The […]

Skipping to the Questions on the ACT Reading Test

Published on Monday, July 8th, 2013 by

You may have heard an ACT reading test tactic that suggests reading the questions first, instead of reading the passages. Here are three words of advice: Don’t do it! Look at any ACT reading test and take note of how many questions make sense without the context of the passage they refer to.  In almost all of the […]

ACT Math Practice Question – Rates

Published on Saturday, July 6th, 2013 by

A sink hole with a depth of 450 cm is being filled in at a rate of 2 cm per week. The depth of another nearby sinkhole is 500 cm, and it is being filled at a rate of 4 cm per week. Assuming the sinkholes continue to be filled at these constant rates, in […]

Frequently Asked Questions by Principals and District Administrators

Published on Friday, July 5th, 2013 by

What are the key ingredients to successful ACT prep for underperforming students? ACT prep for an underperforming student looks much more like remediation than a test prep cram session. Students who are unable to score an 18, 19, or 20 are missing questions on the ACT that correlate to 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade […]

How the Great Gatsby Can Boost Your ACT Score

Published on Friday, May 31st, 2013 by

The Great Gatsby only went to Oxford for five months, but here are some ACT prep takeaways from his story that could get you there for four years. Warning: If you’ve never read or seen Gatsby, this is a bit of a spoiler. Dos and Dont’s Focus. Jay Gatsby focused his entire life in pursuit […]