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    Spring 2017 ACT and SAT Test Dates

    In our effort to keep ACT and SAT students aware of the most recent test-related developments, we’re providing an updated list of ACT and SAT test dates for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. […]

     
  • What to Expect if You Take the ACT or SAT Cold

    What to Expect if You Take the ACT or SAT Cold

    Taking the ACT or SAT for the first time is an eye-opening experience for many students. This is especially true if you go into either test “cold.” While we generally advise against taking the ACT […]

     
  • 5 Common ACT/SAT Prep Mistakes

    5 Common ACT/SAT Prep Mistakes

    This week we’re going to cover five mistakes that students often make while preparing for the ACT and SAT. These are “big picture” errors that apply equally to both exams. Avoiding these mistakes will help […]

     
  • ACT English “Best Sentence” Questions

    ACT English “Best Sentence” Questions

    Some ACT English questions ask you to choose from several versions of the same sentence. Because these questions don’t include a guided prompt, many students are unsure how to answer them. Fortunately, like all questions […]

     
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    4 Stubborn ACT and SAT Myths

    Some ACT and SAT myths are more resilient than others. For this lesson, we’re going to debunk four of the most stubborn ones. If you are a regular reader of this blog, chances are you’ve […]

     
  • Act College Readiness Benchmarks

    Act College Readiness Benchmarks

    In this lesson, we’re going to explain the “College Readiness Benchmarks” that the ACT sets for each section of the exam. In particular, we’ll look at what the benchmarks can tell you about your potential […]

     
  • ACT English “NOT Acceptable” Questions

    ACT English “NOT Acceptable” Questions

    In this week’s lesson, we’re going to focus on how to answer a specific type of question on the ACT English section: the “NOT acceptable” question. This type of question differs from others in that […]

     
  • SAT I versus the SAT II Subject Tests

    SAT I versus the SAT II Subject Tests

    In this lesson, we’re going to cover some of the differences in format and scoring between the “regular” SAT I and the SAT II Subject Tests. The 2016 redesign of the SAT I did not […]

     
  • When are ACT and SAT Test Scores Available?

    When are ACT and SAT Test Scores Available?

    One of the most common questions we receive at the Learning Island is how soon students can expect to receive their ACT or SAT scores. In general, ACT scores start to become available about ten […]

     
  • Tips for Charts, Graphs, and Tables on the ACT and SAT

    Tips for Charts, Graphs, and Tables on the ACT and SAT

    In this lesson, we’re going to cover three tips that apply to the charts, graphs, and tables that accompany written passages on the ACT and the SAT. Whether you’re looking at the relatively basic graphics […]