ACT and SAT Math Tips: Turkey Day Drills

Posted by Vicki Wood on November 23, 2016 at 10:26 AM

Just because the holidays are rolling around does not mean you can skip your ACT and SAT prep! It's important to use your time off to focus on the test while you're not worrying about school work. And I'm here to help you out with a few Thanksgiving math questions to kickstart your day of family, football, and sweet, sweet gluttony.

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT Prep, SAT Math, ACT Math

ACT and SAT Reading Tips: Opposite Answer Traps

Posted by Vicki Wood on November 18, 2016 at 10:45 AM

If only one answer can be right on the ACT and SAT Reading sections, then three other answers are wrong. The test makers carefully write these wrong answer choices, intentionally using language and ideas that trick unsuspecting test takers. Learning how these incorrect answers are crafted can help you spot them, which is why eliminating wrong answers can sometimes be easier than determining the right answer.

One type of answer trap is the Opposite Answer. 

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT Prep, SAT Reading, ACT Reading

ACT and SAT Math Tips: The Surprise Inside Every Equilateral Triangle

Posted by Vicki Wood on November 11, 2016 at 11:09 AM

Remember when you were a kid and the box of Lucky Charms had a toy buried inside? Yeah, hold on to that memory, because thanks to advertising laws, most cereal manufacturers stopped offering such promotions in 2008. I sure wish law makers would at least allow cereal manufacturers to put toys in cereals with low sugar content, as I can't get my twins to even listen to the Snap! Crackle! and Pop! of Rice Krispies. But I guess that's for another blog on another day.

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT Prep, SAT Math, ACT Math

Should you retake the ACT or SAT?

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on November 4, 2016 at 12:36 PM

After all the tough questions on the ACT or SAT, you have another one to answer when your scores arrive: Should you take the test again?

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Topics: College Admissions, SAT Prep, ACT Prep

ACT English and SAT Writing Tips: Ambiguous Pronouns

Posted by Vicki Wood on October 20, 2016 at 10:51 AM

I must apologize for my absence: Hurricane Matthew chased me from home for over a week and then kept me busy for another week when I came back. I am happy to settle back into a routine today, so let's get right to it: Ambiguous pronouns.

Ambiguous  means unclear  or open to more than one interpretation.  The movie Inception  has an ambiguous ending, as does the book The Giver  by Lois Lowry. Audiences and readers are left with questions about these endings because the authors have left them open to interpretation.

While book and movie endings are intentionally made ambiguous, pronouns should never be unclear. Ambiguous pronoun errors occur on the ACT and SAT when the proper antecedent has more than one possibility, leaving the reader to wonder whom or what the pronoun is referencing.

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT Prep, SAT Writing, ACT English

ACT and SAT Reading: Line References

Posted by Vicki Wood on September 30, 2016 at 2:07 PM

While a few ACT and SAT Reading questions will ask you about the passage as a whole, many of the questions will send you back to the passage with a specific line reference. Consider some examples:

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Topics: SAT Reading, ACT Reading

Picking a College: Parents Just Don't Understand (or Do They?)

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on September 16, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Every year, at thousandsPicking a College: Parents Just Don't Understand (or Do They?) of dinner tables across the country, a silent war of wits wages. You may even be engaged in it right now. The battle lines are drawn: Who gets to pick the college? Is it you, the student who will be attending? It is your parents, who are footing the bill? Or should both have a say? And if so, how much input does each party get?

Your parents, naturally, believe they should have the most say. After all, they’re not only paying for it, but they also feel that they have the best grasp on what’s most beneficial for you. You, on the other hand, feel that your input should be the most valid. You’re the one attending, after all! Sure, your parents are taking on most of the financial burden, but they’re not the ones who have to literally live with the decision—you do!

So, who should have a say, and who should butt out? As it turns out, both sides have valid points and opinions to share and, working together, can come up with the best solution—not only for your parents, but for you, too.

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Topics: College Admissions

ACT and SAT Math Tips: Percentage Problems

Posted by Vicki Wood on September 9, 2016 at 1:21 PM

 Word problems notoriously cause students stress and anxiety on the ACT and the SAT. Since the test makers know this, you should plan to see word problems frequently, especially in questions involving percentages. But there are a couple of strategies to help you conquer your fears and attack percentage problems successfully.

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Vocabulary on the ACT and the new SAT

Posted by Vicki Wood on August 26, 2016 at 9:59 AM

When the College Board redesigned the SAT this past March, the test makers made it known that it was no longer a vocabulary test; they removed the Sentence Completion questions that often featured words like chicanery, iconoclast, and obfuscate. But don't let this fool you: there are still vocabulary words on both the SAT and the ACT.

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Three Freshman Tips: Planning for College

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on August 19, 2016 at 11:44 AM


Applying to college can be an exciting, momentous, confusing, stressful, and intimidating time. Your whole future is a question mark, and the decisions you make can affect your happiness and earning potential later on in life.

Many students assume that the college application process really starts junior year--and, in a way, they're right. That's when you really get crackin' with your college research, ACT and SAT prep, and the gathering of documents required for admission. However, that doesn't mean that freshman and sophomore years can be idled away. By taking the time to create a fantastic student profile right from the start of high school, you'll be putting yourself in a great position when you're ready hit the "Submit" button on your applications years down the road.

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Topics: College Admissions