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

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

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

ACT and SAT Math Tips: Reflect on Reflections

Posted by Vicki Wood on August 11, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Reflections. These Coordinate Geometry questions are a great way for the ACT and SAT to assess not just your knowledge of transformations, but your understanding of slope and the equation of a line. Let's look at what you need to know and then see how your skill set will be tested on the ACT and SAT.

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Topics: SAT Math, ACT Math

It’s Time For David Coleman To Resign

Posted by Vicki Wood on August 4, 2016 at 5:16 PM

If you’ve been reading the news recently, you may have noticed that the SAT is suffering from some serious security issues. While it’s well-known that cheating among Asian test prep companies is rampant (spurred in large part by the College Board’s persistent and absurd reuse of previously-administered US tests in its foreign testing centers), it seems now that hundreds of future official test questions have made their way into public hands.

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Topics: SAT

ACT and SAT Math Tips: Disguised Average Questions

Posted by Vicki Wood on July 28, 2016 at 11:16 AM

A popular type of ACT and SAT Math question involves averages, but does not appear to be about averages at all! Consider an example:

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Topics: SAT Math, ACT Math

How to Make the Most of the Summer Before Senior Year

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on July 14, 2016 at 12:49 PM

It’s easy to treat your junior year, and not your senior year, as the true culmination of your high school career. Junior year is the last full year of grades that colleges see when you apply, after all, and many high school students take on leadership positions in their extracurriculars during their junior year, and not their senior year. However, senior year is just as, if not more, important than junior year—and you need to treat it that way. Here are ten steps that you should follow during the summer before your final high school hurrah to set the stage for a productive senior year.

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Topics: College Admissions