ACT Science Tips

Published on Thursday, May 28th, 2015 by

Conflicting Viewpoints Passage 1. Identify the arguing scientists. There will be only one Conflicting Viewpoints passage on the Science test. The passage features two or more scientists, students, or theories that are in conflict with one another. Unlike other passages, there usually won’t be charts or graphs, and only rarely will there be figures. Students […]

ACT English Tips

Published on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 by

1. Commas cause pauses Commas are not sprinkles. You can’t happily pour them everywhere. You definitely can’t use them every time the reader might pause. That being said, a comma almost always causes a pause. If an answer choice uses a comma in a place that makes a pause awkward, you should eliminate it. 2. No solo […]

Tips for Time Management on the ACT English Test

Published on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

With only 45 minutes to answer 75 questions, you must answer a question every 30 seconds. Give yourself eight minutes per passage to help you keep track of time! If you maintain this pace, you’ll get through the entire test with five minutes to spare. Most students miss the last questions because they run out […]

How the ACT is Scored

Published on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by

Many of the students we work with don’t know how the ACT is scored. They’re accustomed to a 100 point grading scale, so a 36-point scale can seem quite confusing. Without knowing how these tests are scored, it becomes easy for students to expect too much gain from too little study. A one-point improvement can increase […]

ACT Math Practice Question: Algebra & Inequalities

Published on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by

Eloise is a car salesperson who makes a minimum base pay of $2,500 per month or 8% commission on her monthly sales, whichever is more. If x = Eloise’s monthly sales, which expression most accurately describes x when she makes more than her minimum base pay in a month? A. x > 31250 B. x […]

ACT Reading Passages: The Most Important Question

Published on Saturday, July 13th, 2013 by

Who, what, when, where, why, and how. What’s the most important question on the ACT Reading test? While you’re reading an ACT reading passage, you need to make a mental index of what you read. When you look in the back of a non-fiction book, you’ll find an index that alphabetically lists the content of […]

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 […]

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 […]