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How to Prepare for the ACT: Ultimate 10-Step Guide

Posted by Ellen McCammon | May 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies

So you need to take the ACT, but you don’t anything about it. What now? How do you go about preparing for the test?

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14 Last Minute ACT Tips You Should Use

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 5, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

Wondering what you can do to boost your performance on the ACT with only a couple days to prepare?

Here are some last minute ACT tips that will help raise your scores and keep you at your best during the test.

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The 5 Best ACT Prep Games

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 5, 2018 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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The Ultimate Study Guide for ACT Science: Tips, Practice, and Strategies

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 12, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies, ACT Science

We've written the best ACT Science guide available anywhere. This is not an exaggerationwe've studied dozens of ACT prep books and online resources, both paid and free, and we believe this is the best resource available right now, by far.

In this guide, we cover every question type on the ACT Science section and give you strategies to attack them. In addition, we provide you with our best ACT Science tips and teach you how to get the most out of your ACT Science practice and ACT prep.

If you're serious about raising your ACT Science score, read through every link. By mastering all the key concepts, engaging with realistic practice questions, and reviewing your mistakes, you'll dramatically improve your ACT Science score.

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Complete Plan: When Should I Start Studying for the ACT?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 10, 2018 4:30:00 PM

ACT Strategies

If you’re a high school student, you’re probably already feeling the pressure to take the ACT and do well on it – even if you’re just a freshman or sophomore.

So when exactly should you start studying for the ACT? If you wait too long to study, you won’t get the highest score you’re capable of. But if you start too early, you might struggle because you don’t know all the content on the ACT yet. Or you might just forget things if you study over too long a period.

So what’s the perfect balance? We will introduce you to the content you have to know to do well on the ACT and then give you a study plan based on your college goals.

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The Best Way to Study for the ACT: 4 Expert Tips

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

 

Are you just starting your ACT prep and wondering how to tackle the daunting task of readying yourself for the ACT? Have you been studying for the ACT but not getting your desired results? Do you just want to confirm that you're on the right track?

In this article, I'll help you find the best way to study for the ACT by explaining all of your study options and letting you know how to figure out which ones to use. I'll also give you essential ACT study tips that are guaranteed to help you reach your target score.

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ACT Writing Tips: 15 Strategies to Raise Your Essay Score

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Feb 27, 2018 11:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Writing

Whether you've never thought about ACT Writing strategies or have worked hard on the ACT essay, you can benefit from knowing more: about the essay itself, and what really matters when the graders are reading your essay.

In this article, we offer a number of ACT Writing tips as well as a foolproof template for putting them into practice.

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The Best Way to Study and Practice for ACT Science

Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Science

The ACT Science is like a double rainbow: unique, complicated to understand, and people freak out when they see it. Unlike a double rainbow, which tends to freak people out because of its awesomeness, the ACT Science section tends to freak people out because of the crazy time crunch with only 35 minutes to answer 40 questions. 

Even so, if you want to do well on the ACT Science, you can't avoid it. You have to buckle down and create a great study plan. The good news is there are several easy steps to take to make sure you are studying for the ACT Science section in the right way. 

Here is an overview of what this guide covers:

  • Which study materials to use
  • The importance of using realistic timing
  • How you should be reviewing your practice tests
  • Memorizing what the ACT Science expects you to know
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How to Use Khan Academy for ACT Prep: Complete Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies

Khan Academy has recently partnered with the College Board, the makers of the SAT, to produce free and official SAT prep materials. Unfortunately, there's currently no official Khan Academy ACT prep; however, students can still use Khan Academy’s resources to help them prepare for the ACT.

This guide will go over what materials Khan Academy offers, why you should consider using them, and exactly which resources will be most helpful and which topics you will need to use additional review materials for so that you can be as well-prepared for the ACT as possible.

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How Science/Math People Can Do Well on SAT/ACT Reading

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies, ACT Reading, SAT Reading

The reading sections of the SAT and ACT can be intimidating at first glance if you’re more inclined towards math and science than the humanities. All those passages! The horror!

Fear not, my number-loving friend. The reading sections of these tests are actually more logic and evidence-based than you might expect. In some cases, your science and math skills can even help you find the correct answers.

This article details three strategies for approaching SAT and ACT Reading if you consider yourself a more math and science-oriented student.

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How to Study for the ACT: 10-Step Plan

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Jan 28, 2018 7:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

The ACT is quite possibly one of the most important tests you'll take in high school; it's vital to go in prepared. With so many sources offering the solution to your test preparation needs, how are you supposed to know which path to take?

What follows is a summary of the best advice I have to offer on how to study for the ACT, based on my extensive experience as a tutor. I'll cover when to start studying, where to find practice materials, and how to approach the process itself. This guide will give you a complete plan for studying for the ACT.

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The 4 Best ACT Apps (and How to Use Them in Your Prep)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

 

You can use apps to order food, watch sports, make yourself look like an octogenarian, and even study for the ACT. ACT apps are a somewhat recent phenomenon, but they're pretty appealing. After all, studying on your phone sounds like way more fun than studying from a book. 

Unfortunately, apps aren't enough to prepare you for the test on their own, but they can be a helpful resource. In this article, I'll explain what ACT prep apps are, list the best ACT apps (most of which are free!), and offer tips on how to use them effectively. 

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ACT Vocabulary | Words You Must Know

Posted by Laura Registrato | Jan 9, 2018 6:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies, ACT Reading, ACT English

Many students are confused about ACT vocabulary and what types of words they need to know. Is ACT vocab similar to SAT vocab? What's the best way to study ACT vocabulary?

In this article, we break down exactly how the ACT tests vocabulary, go over the words it tests most often, and give you tips on how to approach vocabulary on the Reading and English sections. As a bonus, we also offer a list of our top 15 ACT words and a free study sheet of our top 150 ACT words!

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How to Calculate Your ACT Composite Score, Plus 5 Strategies

Posted by Allen Cheng | Dec 31, 2017 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

Your ACT Composite Score is an important part of your college applications. In this guide, we show you how exactly to calculate your ACT Composite Score from each of your section scores. More importantly, we give you custom strategies on how to use your Composite Score to adapt your ACT prep. Read on...

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Exactly How Long Should You Study for the ACT? A 6-Step Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

In planning your ACT prep, you probably want to know how long you need to study. Is it weeks or months? Is it dozens of hours or hundreds?

The answer to these questions depends on a variety of factors, including your target score and how comfortable you already are with the test material. There’s no reason to torture yourself with endless studying if your scores are already in the right range for your top choice schools. On the other hand, if you're still pretty far away from the scores you want, you may have to work harder than you think.

In this guide, I'll show you how to figure out how much you need to improve, how many hours you need to spend to get there, and how you should build a study schedule before your next real ACT.

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