Tag: ACT

State of the SAT and ACT: Test Availability and Test Optional

It’s been difficult lately to keep up with all the news about the SAT and ACT, and we do this professionally! You’re likely wondering what to make of so many colleges and universities going test optional and whether students are actually taking the tests. And, more importantly, whether you should look to take a test! […]

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ACT Math: What You Need to Know

ACT Math Overview In many ways, the ACT Math section is the most straightforward section on the whole test — it’s the one with questions most like those you’ve encountered in school. In fact, your approach to the Math section is more influenced by what classes you’ve taken in school than is any other section. […]

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ACT Reading Section: What You Need To Know

In our English classes, our teachers have frequently told us to “go deeper” or to “go farther” or to “find our own analysis.” Those are great for English class. Don’t do that on the ACT. While the ability to read and mostly understand short passages is a prerequisite for the reading portion of the ACT, […]

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Test Prep: How Soon is Too Soon?

We get tons of questions from sophomores about when to start preparing for the SAT or ACT. In most years, we advise students to hold off on any test prep until sophomore year is in the books. Why? Well, the number one indicator of where you get to go to college is your grades, so […]

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ACT English Section: What You Need to Know

ACT English Overview I often tell students I’m working with that the ACT and the SAT are bad tests. Why? I’ve been working with them for over 15 years and still can’t tell you what they really measure. It’s certainly not “intelligence” or IQ, there’s little correlation between test scores and grades, and test scores […]

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ACT Science Section: What You Need to Know

ACT Science Overview Before discussing how to tackle science strategy, I want to note a few things about what skills the ACT science section tests. I’ll often introduce the science section as a “science” section, with a tongue-in-cheek eye roll and obvious air quotes. On the whole, it does not test whether we remember topics […]

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How Many Test Prep Sessions Should We Have?

Originally published October 2, 2019 When meeting with parents, this is the most frequent question I get asked, so obviously I’m very experienced answering this simple, logical question. The answer is “I don’t know.” I completely understand that this is a frustrating answer. The entire application process is complex and tiring, and offering this simple […]

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What did you REALLY learn from your Standardized Testing?

Wait, what? The SAT? The ACT? Why are we talking about these tests again? Those are reasonable questions and — I promise — this is the last time we’ll be talking to you about the SAT or ACT. You’re now likely neck deep in the college application process and have happily, hopefully, left standardized tests […]

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The Truth About Prepping for the SAT or ACT

By Ned Johnson & Aaron Golumbfskie Here are nine truths to keep in mind when prepping for the SAT or ACT. The most important factor in college admissions is your transcript. Unfortunately, the next most important factor is your standardized test scores, but never let test prep get in the way of acing school! Success […]

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Should I Retake the SAT or ACT?

Tuesday was the first day of spring, which is great news for most people but perhaps not if you’re a high school junior. Spring brings term papers, APs, and, possibly, another go at the SAT or ACT. You likely have taken at least one test at this point and might be wondering, “Should I take […]

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