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  • What to do when you are stumped by an ACT or SAT question

    What to do when you are stumped by an ACT or SAT question

    No matter how thoroughly you prepare for the ACT or SAT, there will probably be a handful of questions that will totally stump you. In this lesson, we’re going to cover what do when you […]

     
  • Advice for Choosing ACT and SAT Study Guides

    Advice for Choosing ACT and SAT Study Guides

     
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    The Top 5 Counterintuitive Grammar Rules on the ACT and SAT

    English has quite a few grammar rules that seem to fly in the face of common sense. The ACT and SAT test designers are acutely aware of how confusing certain English grammar rules can be […]

     
  • PSAT vs. SAT

    PSAT vs. SAT

    With the October 2017 PSAT around the corner, now is the perfect time to revisit the differences between the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) and the full SAT. We covered the differences between […]

     
  • SAT Prep: Which section should I start with?

    SAT Prep: Which section should I start with?

    In this week’s lesson, we’re going to examine the pros and cons of beginning SAT prep with each of the three test subjects: Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. “Which section should I start with?” […]

     
  • Colon Usage on the ACT and SAT

    Colon Usage on the ACT and SAT

    Some grammar concepts appear more-frequently on the ACT English and SAT Writing and Language sections than they do in “real world” writing. Both exams are notorious for over-representing one punctuation mark in particular: the colon. […]

     
  • 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 […]