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  • New ACT Subscores: English and Reading

    New ACT Subscores: English and Reading

    Last week we gave an overview of the changes to the ACT subscore system for the 2016-2017 test year. In this lesson, we’ll look at the changes to the English and Reading subscores in depth. […]

     
  • Introduction to the New ACT Subscores

    Introduction to the New ACT Subscores

    As we’ve talked about in the past, the College Board and ACT, Inc. take very different approaches to revising the SAT and ACT. The College Board makes major changes to the SAT and widely-publicizes those […]

     
  • Strategies for Success on the Common Application

    Strategies for Success on the Common Application

    In this lesson, we’re going to provide some tips for writing college admission essays for the Common Application. This application lets you submit your personal statement to hundreds of colleges simultaneously. You are given a […]

     
  • SAT Reading: Tips for Understanding Pre-20th Century Passages

    SAT Reading: Tips for Understanding Pre-20th Century Passages

    The SAT Reading section contains passages adapted from works written in the 18th through the early 21st centuries. While students usually grasp 20th and 21st century passages with relative ease, many struggle with their 18th […]

     
  • SAT Writing and Language: Combining Sentences Questions

    SAT Writing and Language: Combining Sentences Questions

    This week, we’re going to focus on a specific type of SAT Writing and Language question: the combining sentences question. These questions present you with two closely-related sentences. You are then prompted to choose the […]

     
  • ACT Writing Essay Template

    ACT Writing Essay Template

    In previous lessons, we’ve talked about how the “perspectives” on the ACT Writing test follow a fairly predictable pattern. Two of the perspectives reach the same conclusion, albeit for different reasons. The remaining perspective disagrees […]

     
  • More ACT Writing Tips

    More ACT Writing Tips

    This week we’re going to provide some addition tips for the ACT Writing (essay) section. While we’ve covered ACT Writing in general before, this time around we’re going to take a more targeted approach. Each […]

     
  • ACT Reading “Function” Questions

    ACT Reading “Function” Questions

    On the ACT Reading section you may be asked what the “function” of a specific paragraph or paragraphs is in a passage as a whole. While these questions can seem vague and mysterious at first, […]

     
  • ACT and SAT Time Budgeting Breakdown

    ACT and SAT Time Budgeting Breakdown

    Time management is an essential skill for both the ACT and SAT. Without a successful time management strategy, you risk spending too much time on a single passage or question and running out of time […]

     
  • Using the “Elimination Method” on the ACT and SAT

    Using the “Elimination Method” on the ACT and SAT

    In past blogs, we’ve recommend eliminating wrong answers instead of hunting for right answers. Not only is this “elimination method” faster than answering the questions the way that the test makers intend, it can actually […]