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  • Agreement Errors: The Interrupting Clause

    Agreement Errors: The Interrupting Clause

    Subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement are two of the most commonly-tested grammatical concepts on the ACT and SAT. On the surface, these ideas seem relatively simple. Subject and verbs must agree in number. Pronouns and their […]

     
  • SAT Writing: An Ordered Approach

    SAT Writing: An Ordered Approach

    In this lesson we’re going to cover what I consider to be the most effective order for learning the different parts of the SAT Writing exam. This section of the SAT has three distinct types […]

     
  • Tips for Annotating ACT and SAT Reading Passages

    Tips for Annotating ACT and SAT Reading Passages

    Today we’re going to look at two of the most popular strategies for annotating critical reading passages on the ACT and SAT: underlining and note-taking. These techniques can help you to better understand passages and […]

     
  • Empty Phrases

    Empty Phrases

    Empty phrases are group of words that don’t actually mean anything. They are verbal filler that distract from and undermine the substance of your writing. Recognizing and correcting for empty phrases is important on the […]

     
  • Style Tips for the ACT and SAT Essays

    Style Tips for the ACT and SAT Essays

    Today we’re going to offer some tips for crafting effective sentences on the ACT and SAT essays. ACT and SAT essay graders are required to grade essays very quickly. Your essay should immediately grab their […]

     
  • The Importance of the Fundamentals

    The Importance of the Fundamentals

    Understanding the test format is one of the most important aspects of preparing for the ACT or SAT. By getting “under the hood” and looking at how the exams actually operate, prep guide authors and […]

     
  • Answering SAT Math Questions: An Approach

    Answering SAT Math Questions: An Approach

    Today we’re going to look at one possible approach to answering the multiple choice questions found in the Math section of the SAT. The idea behind this strategy is to learn as much about the […]

     
  • An Overview of the SAT

    An Overview of the SAT

    This lesson provides a brief overview of the SAT college entrance exam offered by the College Board. The SAT is a standardized test designed to measure college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics. Like all […]

     
  • Do the ACT and SAT Essays Matter?

    Do the ACT and SAT Essays Matter?

    We’ve talked a lot about how the ACT and SAT essays are poor representations of the kind of writing that students are expected to do in college. Creativity, vocabulary, and solid evidence matter less than […]

     
  • Time Management Tips for the ACT and SAT

    Time Management Tips for the ACT and SAT

    Time management strategies are an important component of preparing for the ACT or SAT. Strengths and weaknesses with subject matter can directly influence how long it takes a student to complete a particular section. Chances […]