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  • ACT and SAT Reading Comprehension Oddities

    ACT and SAT Reading Comprehension Oddities

    Today I want to discuss some of the quirks and peculiarities of the ACT and SAT reading comprehension sections. Many of these come from trying to craft a standardized test that is capable of objectively […]

     
  • Organizing and Writing a Research Paper

    Organizing and Writing a Research Paper

    Last time we covered strategies to help students find their footing as they begin to work on a research paper. This time we’ll offer some tips for organizing research materials and papers themselves. Remember, there […]

     
  • SAT Writing Exercise: Identifying Sentence Errors Practice

    SAT Writing Exercise: Identifying Sentence Errors Practice

    This short quiz is modeled after the “Identifying Sentence Errors” portion of the SAT Writing Exam. Nine of the sentences contain common grammar errors. One sentence contains no errors. Correct answers and explanations can be […]

     
  • Study Tips for the ACT and SAT

    Study Tips for the ACT and SAT

    In this post we’ll cover some strategies for preparing for the ACT and SAT and making the most effective use of the resources available. Whether you decide you need the help of a Learning Island […]

     
  • How to Avoid Blanking on an ACT or SAT Essay Prompt

    How to Avoid Blanking on an ACT or SAT Essay Prompt

    One of the worst experiences you can have on the ACT or SAT is realizing that you know absolutely nothing about the essay prompt. There’s nothing like that sinking feeling you get as you desperately […]

     
  • SAT Writing Section Improving Sentences Practice

    SAT Writing Section Improving Sentences Practice

    Test your readiness for the SAT with these questions modeled after the “improving sentences” portion of the SAT Writing section. Choose the phrasing that best completes the underlined part of each sentence. Choice A replicates […]

     
  • Quiz on Commonly Confused SAT Words

    Quiz on Commonly Confused SAT Words

    One of the more frustrating aspects of the SAT is its fondness for making students choose between pairs of commonly confused words. SAT Reading section answers frequently include words that are very similar in spelling […]

     
  • Upcoming Changes to the SAT

    Upcoming Changes to the SAT

    As you have probably heard, major changes are coming to the SAT exam in 2016. These changes are intended to make the SAT a fairer and more accurate predictor of how prepared high school students […]

     
  • Expectations for AP Courses

    Expectations for AP Courses

    We’re going to shift gears today and talk about high school AP courses. Taught by highly-qualified teachers according to guidelines set down by the College Board, the AP Program offers gifted and motivated high school […]

     
  • ACT Science Section (Part Two)

    ACT Science Section (Part Two)

    Part one of this lesson offered an overview of the ACT Science Exam format and the science-related skills the test attempts to assess. This part will cover how the passages themselves are structured and the […]