Summer Test Prep: Real World ACT and SAT Math

Posted by Vicki Wood on June 16, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Still June, still test-free, right? Works for me. Instead, let's look at how some summer problems can help you prepare for the Math sections on The-Tests-That-Must-Not-Be Named. 

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

Summer Test Prep: How to study for the ACT and SAT and still enjoy summer break

Posted by Vicki Wood on June 9, 2017 at 11:05 AM

As most of the schools across the country have let out for summer break by the end of this week, the last thing you want to talk about is the ACT and SAT, right? I understand. I don’t get as many vacations in a year as you do, but when I do, you won’t find me on the beach or by the pool addressing the secrets of a 30:60:90 triangle. It’s okay if you need a couple of weeks to unwind, but unfortunately, I’m not on vacation with you. I have  to write about the tests. It’s my job. So as a compromise, I promise not to mention The-Tests-That-Must-Not-Be-Named by name for the remainder of the month, and instead talk about some seemingly unrelated activities you can do this summer to help you prepare without even realizing it.

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT Prep

A new edition of The Official ACT Prep Guide: Should you update?

Posted by Vicki Wood on June 2, 2017 at 12:23 PM

ACT released a "revised and updated" version of their Official ACT Prep Guide last week, causing many students to worry that their 2016-2017 editions were lacking vital information. But rest easy, test takers. The two editions are nearly identical.

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Topics: ACT Prep

ACT and SAT Writing Tips: Repetitively Redundant Expressions

Posted by Vicki Wood on May 19, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Redundancy, in which unnecessary repetition detracts from a sentence, can occur on both the English test of the ACT and the Writing & Language section of the SAT.  One type of redundant phrase you may encounter happens when a word is used to modify another word that is defined by the first word. Did you spot the redundant expression in our blog title? If not, this blog's for you!

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

The hypocrisy of the College Board strikes again

Posted by Vicki Wood on May 15, 2017 at 1:34 PM

The College Board is at it once more. It’s no secret that PowerScore has been critical of the Board’s decisions and their leader, David Coleman, since he came aboard and replotted the course of their flagship program, the SAT. But to be fair, he fired the first shot over the bow.

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Topics: College Admissions, SAT Prep

What are SAT Subject Tests?

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on May 5, 2017 at 1:27 PM

As you start the college application process, you may notice that some schools ask for "SAT Subject Tests." Although many students are familiar with the SAT itself, many others are not at all familiar with the SAT's little brother, the Subject Tests.

What are SAT Subject Tests, why should you take them, and who should take them?

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Topics: College Admissions, SAT Prep

ACT and SAT Reading Tips: The Author's Attitude

Posted by Vicki Wood on April 7, 2017 at 12:59 PM

As a teenager, you've probably been told you have a bad attitude at least once. It's a rite of passage in these years of immense physiological change and social and parental pressure. But do you know how to recognize a negative attitude on the ACT or SAT?

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

ACT and SAT Math Tips: How to Conquer Complex Fractions

Posted by Vicki Wood on March 31, 2017 at 12:33 PM

 You’ve probably been leaning on your calculator for so long that you’ve forgotten what a complex fraction even is.

The ACT and SAT like to reach way back into your math history to gather concepts you learned in elementary school (remainders, anyone?). The more years that have passed since you mastered an operation, the more likely that operation will appear (and cause panic) on the ACT or SAT. One of the most anxiety-inducing concepts for high school students is complex fractions, those fractions that have a separate fraction in the numerator and/or denominator:

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

How a common myth can hurt your college application

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on March 17, 2017 at 11:03 AM


There's a very strong feeling among college applicants that you "have to do everything and do it well" in order to be accepted into college--and this goes doubly strong if you're aiming for one of the nation's elite universities.

Invariably, this leads to high school students joining as many clubs as possible, participating in as many extracurriculars as they can cram into their schedule, playing as many sports as they are able, and volunteering at as many places as they can find, all in the quest to become the quintessential Well-Rounded Student that they believe all colleges want to see, and that will guarantee them admission to the college of their choice.

Here's the deal, though: Although well-rounded students were once sought after by admissions officers, they're no longer what colleges covet for their freshman class. Admissions committees instead try to create a class of dedicated and passionate specialists.

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Topics: College Admissions

ACT and SAT Writing Tips: Misplaced Modifiers

Posted by Vicki Wood on March 10, 2017 at 1:24 PM

Today’s blog focuses on a great time-saving secret in the ACT English and SAT Writing section: misplaced modifiers in introductory clauses. Once you learn how to spot these frequent errors, you can quickly pinpoint the correct answer choice.

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