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  • Common ACT and SAT Verbal Errors (Part Two)

    Common ACT and SAT Verbal Errors (Part Two)

    This week we’ll conclude our lessons about common errors that students make on the verbal sections of the ACT and SAT when they go with their gut reactions to questions instead of thinking it terms […]

     
  • Common ACT and SAT Verbal Errors (Part One)

    Common ACT and SAT Verbal Errors (Part One)

    In this lesson and the one that follows, we’re going to cover some of the most common errors that I and other teachers at the Learning Island have seen students make on the Reading and […]

     
  • Tips for ACT and SAT Target Scores

    Tips for ACT and SAT Target Scores

    Here at the Learning Island we recommend that each student planning to take the ACT or SAT sets a target score. A target score helps a student stay on track by giving the student a […]

     
  • ACT and SAT Reading Passage Introductions

    ACT and SAT Reading Passage Introductions

    Each passage on the ACT and SAT Reading sections is preceded by a brief introduction to the passage itself. The introduction provides the name of the author or authors, the work from which the passage […]

     
  • Similarities between ACT Reading and Science

    Similarities between ACT Reading and Science

    Students are often intimated by the ACT Science section. The very word “science” conjures up images of tedious lab classes and densely-worded textbooks packed with advanced terminology. Despite the name, however, the Science section contains […]

     
  • SAT Reading “Great Global Conversation” Passages

    SAT Reading “Great Global Conversation” Passages

    One of the more substantial changes to the SAT Reading section is the inclusion of one passage from the “Great Global Conversation.” The Great Global Conversation (GGC) involves U.S. founding documents, such as the U.S. […]

     
  • 3 Benefits of ACT and SAT Scaled Scores

    3 Benefits of ACT and SAT Scaled Scores

    I’ve had a fair number of my students and their parents ask why the ACT and SAT use scaled scoring systems instead of simply providing raw numbers or percentages. While the reasoning behind the ACT’s […]

     
  • SAT Reading Question Types: Part 2

    SAT Reading Question Types: Part 2

    This week we’re going to finish examining the major types of questions that appear on the SAT Reading section. Reading, like all sections of the SAT, uses the same types of questions over and over. […]

     
  • Tips for Charts, Graphs, and Tables on the SAT Reading and Writing Sections

    Tips for Charts, Graphs, and Tables on the SAT Reading and Writing Sections

    In this lesson, we’re going to cover four tips for dealing with the charts, graphs, tables, and other types of data presentations that accompany SAT Reading and Writing and Language passages. Students unfamiliar with the […]

     
  • How to Guess Effectively on the ACT and SAT

    How to Guess Effectively on the ACT and SAT

    There is no penalty for a wrong answer on either the ACT or SAT. A wrong answer adds no points to your score but deducts none either. The only question that you have a zero […]