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The 5 Best ACT Prep Games

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies

There’s a new craze in test prep: games. Vocab games, math games, reading games—you might think you could study for the entire ACT with just ACT prep games!
Unfortunately for you, this is not really true. The majority of ACT practice games are either downright bad or just far less helpful than completing actual ACT practice questions.  

In this article I’ll discuss the prep game trend, explain why most prep games aren’t so great, present some criteria on what makes a good ACT prep game, offer some game recommendations, and lend advice on how to incorporate them into your studying.

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Last Minute Guide to Cramming for the ACT: 10 Tips

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Apr 6, 2016 4:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies


The ACT is upon us, and it seems fair to assume (since you're reading this article) that you're under-prepared. If you've got less than three weeks before the exam and haven't really studied yet, you're officially cramming for the ACT.

Now, if you're willing and able to put in some 60 hours of preparation before the test, take a moment to read our cram plan for those very circumstances. If that doesn't sound realistic for your circumstances, though, read on to discover the most useful strategies you can employ to get up to speed on the test in a pinch. We'll cover tips specific to each part of the test, as well as some global advice on topics like guessing and keeping a level head on test day.

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How to Overcome SAT/ACT Test Anxiety

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Apr 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

We've all experienced nerves before an important evaluation, but for many of us the anxiety is much, much worse than a few simple jitters

By all accounts, a significant percentage of students experience some level of test anxiety, ranging from significant but livable symptoms to the most severely debilitating manifestations.

Dealing with any level of test anxiety during the SAT or ACT is, at its best, the opposite of fun. This guide will explain what test anxiety is, why it happens, and what you can do to manage it

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11 Things You Must Avoid During ACT Practice Tests

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 2, 2016 9:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

If you’re using practice tests for your ACT prep, great job! That’s the best way to prepare for the ACT, but how do you make sure you’re learning from each ACT practice exam you take? How do you make sure you’re really prepared for the actual ACT? You must sit for each ACT practice exam with realistic testing conditions. What might you be doing (maybe on accident) that’s destroying your realistic testing conditions? 

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SAT / ACT Prep Strategies If You Have a Low Test Score but High GPA

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Do you have a high GPA, perform well in school, but can’t seem to do well on the SAT / ACT? This is a common pattern, and there are certain strategies that work especially well for you. First, we'll figure out why this is happening to you, and, depending on the reason, suggest ways to improve your SAT / ACT score. Second, we’ll go over what a high GPA but low SAT / ACT score signals to colleges and how to counter that signal.

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ACT Advice: Top 5 Tips on Preparing for the Test

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Mar 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

ACT Strategies

If you’re looking for a concise, effective list of the best ACT advice, you’ve found it. Sometimes too much information can do more harm than good - in this post, I’ll lay out the five most important things you should do in order to do well on the ACT. 

Let's get to it!

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ACT Prep — Practice Tests, Study Guides, and Critical Info

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 7, 2016 6:07:32 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

PrepScholar helps you prepare for the ACT by giving you free ACT resources. Browse through our comprehensive list of real, official ACT practice tests. Find out ACT general info, section strategies, section content, and other resources. To read our free blog resources, you don't need to register or create an account — you can get started today!

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Average SAT & ACT Scores by State (Participation Adjusted)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Participation rate has a huge impact on state average SAT / ACT scores. In any state, the top students on the SAT/ACT are those most eager to take it, so states with low participation rates have artificially higher SAT / ACT scores.  Here, we use advanced statistical methods to adjust for participation rate to get at the real ranking of states by their real SAT and ACT scores. 

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How to Improve Your ACT Reading Score: 8 Expert Tips

Posted by Allen Cheng | Feb 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Reading

Are you struggling with ACT Reading scores between 14-24? You're not alone - hundreds of thousands of students are scoring in this range. But many don't know the best ways to break out of this score range and score a 26 or above.

Here we'll discuss how to improve your ACT Reading score effectively, and why it's so important to do so. Unlike other fluffy articles out there, I'm focusing on actionable strategies that will raise your score. Put these 8 strategies to work and I'm confident you'll be able to improve your score.

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Best ACT Prep Books 2017

Posted by Allen Cheng | Feb 24, 2016 2:30:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

There are numerous “Best ACT Books” lists out there. We think most of them aren’t very good or thorough, and I’ve tried to write a much better guide here.  You’ll learn which books are absolutely critical for your ACT prep, which books are focused on improving individual sections, and which books you need if you’re aiming for a top score. Importantly, you’ll also learn HOW to use these books to study effectively.

Keep reading to learn how to use ACT books to raise your score.


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The Secret to Getting a Perfect SAT / ACT Score: All Questions Are Analytical

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

It seems obvious that each ACT / SAT question must have exactly one answer, and this answer must be clearly and objectively correct. However, as we’ll explain below, that simple fact alone disqualifies vast swaths of reasonable questions that you otherwise see in everyday tests at school.  This obvious fact also leads to a little-known secret that, when applied correctly, guarantees the cracking of each question. You don’t have to trust me -- read through this guide and ask any perfect or near-perfect scorer. They’ll agree on the secret.

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Extracurricular Strong Students: College Admissions and SAT / ACT Strategies

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Do you have great extracurriculars?  Maybe you’re captain of the football team or president of a top debate team.  Your approach to college admissions will be quite different than a typical student’s, and your SAT / ACT prep process should be uniquely tailored to you.  In this article, we talk about what unique opportunities you have in test prep and what traps you should avoid.

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Secret Truths of SAT / ACT Prep Methods: Pros and Cons of Each

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies, Tutoring

You know it's a great idea to prep for the SAT and ACT.  After all, for most students it's the most time-efficient way to increase their college admission chances.  However, there are so many ways to prep for the test out there -- what's the best way for you?  Obviously, some methods will be better than others, but it's also the case that some methods are overall not very good.

Quite frankly, every single SAT / ACT prep method has certain strengths.  For some students, tutoring is by far the best while, for others, self-study is clearly optimal.  Which one to choose depends on your circumstances and budget, but it’s quite simple to figure out.

Pay careful attention because finding the right prep method for you is by far the highest leverage choice you can make to improve your SAT / ACT score.  If you choose correctly, you may never again have to worry about test scores.  The follow through will be easy, and the point improvements will be quick.  Some say half the work is just getting started.  I disagree -- half the work is getting started correctly.

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Guide for Top SAT / ACT Scorers: How to Perfect Your Score

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 4, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Are you already scoring well on the SAT and getting a 1400 or above (2100 in the 2400 scale)?  This puts you in a special class, and your strategy for improving your SAT score will be very different from the average students'.  Having made the improvement myself, I’ll show you how you can aim for a perfect SAT score too.

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How to Get 36 on ACT Science: 13 Strategies from a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Science

Are you scoring between 26-34 on ACT Science? Do you want to raise that score as high as possible - to a perfect 36?

Getting to a 36 ACT Science score isn't easy. It'll require perfection. But with hard work and my strategies below, you'll be able to do it. I've consistently scored 36 on Science on my real ACTs, and I know what it takes. Follow my advice, and you'll get a perfect score - or very close.

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