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  • ACT English: Writer’s Goal Questions

    ACT English: Writer’s Goal Questions

    Sometimes the ACT English section asks whether a passage fulfills a particular goal. These “writer’s goal” questions take the form of a stated goal, followed by two “yes” and two “no” answers. Students often find […]

     
  • ACT and SAT Reading: Reasonable Inferences

    ACT and SAT Reading: Reasonable Inferences

    Every correct answer on the ACT and SAT Reading sections must be directly supported by the passages in some way. The exams try to obscure this seemingly-simple fact with questions that sound more open-ended than […]

     
  • What to Bring and What Not to Bring on Test Day

    What to Bring and What Not to Bring on Test Day

      Some of the most common questions we get at the Learning Island involve what you are and are not allowed to bring to the ACT and SAT. With that in mind, here is a […]

     
  • Improve Your SAT scores!

    Tips for Creating Variety While Studying for the ACT and SAT

    The ACT and SAT are very repetitive exams. Both ask the same types of questions in the same ways over and over. Because of this, studying for either exam can quickly become boring. Here are […]

     
  • ACT English and SAT Writing and Language: Tricky Wrong Answer Types

    ACT English and SAT Writing and Language: Tricky Wrong Answer Types

    The ACT English and SAT Writing and Language sections are extremely similar. This similarity extends to the types of wrong answer choices commonly employed on the tests. Some of these choices are obvious: subject-verb mismatches, […]

     
  • “Two-Part” SAT Reading Questions

    “Two-Part” SAT Reading Questions

    Two of the most challenging types of questions on the new SAT Reading section are actually paired together. The first of these questions asks you to draw some broad conclusion based on your understanding of […]

     
  • ACT English and SAT Writing and Language: Tricky Wrong Answer Types

    ACT English and SAT Writing and Language: Tricky Wrong Answer Types

    The ACT English and SAT Writing and Language sections are extremely similar. This similarity extends to the types of wrong answer choices commonly employed on the tests. Some of these choices are obvious: subject-verb mismatches, […]

     
  • Unwritten “Rules” of ACT and SAT Multiple Choice

    Unwritten “Rules” of ACT and SAT Multiple Choice

    In this lesson we’re going to go “under the hood” of ACT and SAT multiple choice questions. Specifically, we’re going to examine three unwritten “rules” that apply to every multiple choice section of each exam. […]

     
  • Changes to the ACT

    Changes to the ACT

    You have probably heard about the recent changes to the SAT. The entire exam has been redesigned from the ground up. What you may not know, however, is that the ACT has had its own […]

     
  • Building Test Endurance

    Building Test Endurance

    The ACT and SAT are long tests. Not including breaks, the ACT clocks in at 2 hours, 55 minutes and the SAT at exactly 3 hours. If you take the optional essay section, you are […]