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How to Get the Most Out of ACT Math Practice Questions

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Nov 8, 2015 4:00:00 PM

ACT Math

Now that you’ve gathered together all your ACT math study materials, it’s time to put together a plan of attack. Having the right study materials is key, but understanding how to use them to their best effect is just as important. (What good is a tool wielded improperly, after all?)

We’ve put together a comprehensive plan on how to make use of your ACT math study materials and boost your math score. We’ll walk you through how to best use your math practice problems and how to make the best study plan possible to prepare yourself for test day.

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How to Actually Use Your ACT Math Formulas

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Oct 10, 2015 1:30:00 PM

ACT Math

About 33% of the ACT math section requires you to know and use at least one math formula. This means that remembering your formulas and understanding how to utilize them is of paramount importance.

We’ve put together all the ACT formulas you’ll need to know (prioritized in the order from greatest to least that you’ll see them on the test) as well as how to best use them for test-day.

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Complete List of FREE ACT Math Practice Questions

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Oct 10, 2015 12:30:00 PM

ACT Math

Whether you're on a budget or just want to see what kind of ACT math study material you can access for free, you've come to the right place. Though the internet is chock full of ACT study material of dubious quality, we have collected and put together only the highest quality FREE ACT math study material available. 

So let's jump right in!

[Note: For guides and reviews of the best for-pay ACT study, check out our list of ACT study links, which includes both free and for-pay materials for every ACT topic.]

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The 21 Hardest ACT Math Questions Ever

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Oct 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM

ACT Math

You’ve studied and now you’re geared up for the ACT math section (whoo!). But are you ready to take on the most challenging math questions the ACT has to offer? Want to know exactly why these questions are so hard and how best to go about solving them? If you’ve got your heart set on that perfect score (or you’re just really curious to see what the most difficult questions will be), then this is the guide for you. 

We’ve put together what we believe to be the most 21 most difficult questions the ACT has given to students in the past 10 years, with strategies and answer explanations for each. These are all real ACT math questions, so understanding and studying them is one of the best ways to improve your current ACT score and knock it out of the park on test day. 

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SAT Math vs ACT Math: What's the Difference?

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Oct 3, 2015 2:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT, ACT Math, SAT Math

So which is better/easier/faster--the SAT math section or the ACT math section? How does each stack up over the course of the entire test? And, most importantly, which math section is right for YOU?

We’ll break down both the similarities and differences between the SAT math vs ACT math and help you decide which standardized test suits you the best.

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Algebra Functions on ACT Math: Lesson and Practice Questions

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Sep 27, 2015 10:30:00 AM

ACT Math

Functions. Just hearing the word is enough to send some students running for the hills. But never fear! Though function problems are considered some of the more challenging questions on the ACT, this is only due to the fact that most of you will be far more used to dealing with other math topics (like fractions, exponents, or circles) than you are functions.

On the ACT, question difficulty is categorized by how familiar you are likely to be with any given question, and the only way to combat this challenge is to practice and get used to dealing with questions that are a little less familiar to you. You will generally see 3-4 function questions on any given ACT, so for those of you who are not yet comfortable with functions (or just want a tune up), this guide is for you.

This will be your complete guide to ACT functions. We’ll walk you through exactly what functions mean, how to use, manipulate, and identify them, and exactly what kind of function problems you’ll see on the ACT.

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Triangles on ACT Math: Geometry Guide and Practice Problems

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Sep 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM

ACT Math

If you thought the ACT was a big fan of circles, then brace yourself for its absolutely shameless love of triangles. In one breath, you may be expected to find the various dimensions of an obtuse triangle, and the next, an isosceles right triangle. ACT triangle problems will be as numerous as they are varied, so make sure you familiarize yourself with all the different types before test day.

This will be your complete guide to ACT triangles--the types of triangles that will show up on the ACT, the formulas you’ll need to know to solve them, and the strategies you’ll need to apply when approaching a triangle question. We’ll also break down real ACT math problems and give you the walk-throughs on how to most efficiently and effectively tackle any and all triangle problems you come up against.

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Systems of Equations on ACT Math: Algebra Strategies and Practice Problems

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Sep 16, 2015 6:30:00 PM

ACT Math

If you’ve already tackled your single variable equations, then get ready for systems of equations. Multiple variables! Multiple equations! (Whoo!) Even better, systems of equations questions will always have multiple methods with which to solve them, depending on how you like to work best.

So let us look not only at how systems of equations work, but all the various options you have available to solve them.

This will be your complete guide to systems of equations questions--what they are, the many different ways for solving them, and how you’ll see them on the ACT.

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Reflections, Rotations, and Translations: ACT Geometry Strategies and Practice

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Sep 12, 2015 1:30:00 PM

ACT Math

Reflections, rotations, translations, oh my! Whether you’re dealing with points or complete shapes on the coordinate plane, you can spin ‘em, flip ‘em, or move ‘em around to your heart’s content. And, often enough, you’ll be asked to do so on the ACT.

This will be your complete guide to rotations, reflections, and translations of points, shapes, and graphs on the ACT--what these terms mean, the types of questions you’ll see on the test, and the tips and formulas you’ll need to solve these questions in no time.

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Algebraic Operations on ACT Math: Strategies and Formulas

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Sep 6, 2015 11:44:20 PM

ACT Math

Variables, exponents, and more variables, whoo! ACT operations questions will involve all of these (and so much more!). So if you ever wondered what to do with or how to solve some of those extra long and clunky algebra problems (“What is the equivalent to ${2/3}a^2b - (18b - 6c) +$ …” you get the picture), then this is the guide for you.

This will be your complete guide to ACT operations questions--what they’ll look like on the test, how to perform operations with multiple variables and exponents, and what kinds of methods and strategies you’ll need to get them done as fast and as accurately as possible. You'll see these types of questions at least three times on any given ACT, so let's take a look.  

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Polygons on ACT Math: Geometry Formulas and Strategies

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Sep 4, 2015 6:00:00 PM

ACT Math

Questions about both circles and various types of polygons are some of the most prevalent types of geometry questions on the ACT. Polygons come in many shapes and sizes and you will have to know them inside and out in order to take on the many different types of polygon questions the ACT has to offer.

The good news is that, despite their variety, polygons are often less complex than they look; a few simple rules and strategies are all that you need when it comes to solving an ACT polygon question.

This will be your complete guide to ACT polygons--the rules and formulas for various polygons, the kinds of questions you’ll be asked about them, and the best approach for solving these types of questions.

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Sequences on ACT Math: Strategy Guide and Review

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Aug 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

ACT Math

Sequences are patterns of numbers that follow a particular set of rules. Whether new term in the sequence is found by an arithmetic constant or found by a ratio, each new number is found by a certain rule--the same rule--each time.

There are several different ways to find the answers to the typical sequence questions--”What is the first term of the sequence?”, “What is the last term?”, “What is the sum of all the terms?”--and each has its benefits and drawbacks. We will go through each method, and the pros and cons of each, to help you find the right balance between memorization, longhand work, and time strategies.

This will be your complete guide to ACT sequence problems--the various types of sequences there are, the typical sequence questions you’ll see on the ACT, and the best ways to solve these types of problems for your particular ACT test taking strategies.

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Probability Questions on ACT Math: Strategies and Practice

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Aug 11, 2015 4:00:00 PM

ACT Math

What is the probability that you’ll toss a coin and get heads? What about twice in a row? Three times? Probability questions ask you determine the likelihood that an event or any number of events is to occur, and the more you practice, the better your odds will be at mastering these types of questions on the ACT (see what we did there?).

This will be your complete guide to probability on the ACT--how probability works, the different types of probability questions you’ll see on the test, and the steps you’ll need to take to solve them.

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Statistics on ACT Math: Strategies for Mean, Medium, Mode

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Aug 11, 2015 2:00:00 PM

ACT Math

Statistics questions on the ACT are often simpler than the statistics questions you have seen in class. Most all of the statistics questions on the ACT boil down to finding or manipulating means, medians, and modes of a set of numbers.

If you are already familiar with these terms, you will have a good headstart on these types of problems. But even if you aren’t familiar with these terms, most of ACT stats questions require that you understand and apply just a few key concepts (all of which we will go through in this guide).

This will be your complete guide to ACT means, medians, and modes--what they mean, how you’ll see them on the test, and how to solve even the most complicated of ACT statistics questions.

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Circles on ACT Math: Geometry Formulas and Strategies

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Aug 9, 2015 1:00:00 PM

ACT Math

One of the ACT’s absolute favorite shapes is the circle (or at least we assume so, given how often circles show up on the test). You will not be given any formulas on the ACT, so you’ll have to know and memorize the ins and outs of how circles work before test day. And, considering how often circles show up, mastering circle problems is definitely in your best interest.

This will be your complete guide to ACT circles, including areas, circumferences, degrees, arcs, and points on a circle. We’ll take you through what these terms mean, how to manipulate and solve for various aspects of a circle, and how to tackle the most difficult ACT circle questions you may see on test day.

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