ACT and SAT Math Tips: Holiday Dilemmas

Posted by Jon Denning on December 23, 2016 at 10:11 AM

We have a special SAT Math and ACT Math post today from our senior curriculum developer (and VP!), Jon Denning. He'll help you get into the test prep spirit with a little winter break math.

Everyone at PowerScore wishes you a happy holiday! 

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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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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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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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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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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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ACT and SAT Math: Classic Quadratic Forms

Posted by Vicki Wood on June 16, 2016 at 1:14 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the writers of standardized tests assess the same concepts, over and over and over again.  Test experts are able to become test experts for that very reason—there is a finite amount of material one needs to learn in order to master the ACT and the SAT. If you study a few dozen tests and find these predictable patterns, you could be an expert, too.

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ACT and SAT Math: Sneaky Similar Triangles

Posted by Vicki Wood on April 20, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Similar triangles are like look-alike fathers and sons. A chip off the ol' block, the smaller son is a spitting image of his larger dad:

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SAT Math Tips and Tricks: Sum of the Interior Angles of a Polygon

Posted by Vicki Wood on March 24, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Geometry has been relegated to only 10% of the SAT but it still composes 15% to 20% of the ACT. You may need to know the sum of the interior angle measurements of regular polygons on both tests, but no formulas are provided on either. So how should you prepare for these types of questions?

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