ACT and SAT Reading Tips: PIVOT!

Posted by Vicki Wood on October 12, 2018 at 11:10 AM

It's no secret that the reading passages on the ACT and SAT are viewed by many students as the most difficult portion of the test. But understanding them is easier than moving a couch up a flight of stairs on Friends (not familiar with the show? It's worth an internet search of "Friends Pivot" for no other reason than you won't be able to stop thinking of Ross yelling "Pivot!" every time you  read an ACT or SAT passage). The ACT and SAT reading passages have many signposts to help you navigate the ideas in the text. Fluent readers pass these "pivotal words" without much thought, but less confident readers can use these directional clues to help boost their comprehension of a passage. So how exactly do they work?

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

Five recommendations for your college application essays

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on September 28, 2018 at 1:57 PM

Beautiful student writing an essay in a libraryAfter your SAT and ACT scores and your GPA, your essays are the most important part of your college application. Why? Because they are the only part of your whole file that encompasses you and your personality entirely. Your essays let schools see how you think, what you find important, how you write, and how you choose to present yourself. This makes essays extremely important--and that means they should be given a fair amount of time and consideration on your end.

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Topics: College Admissions

ACT English and SAT Writing Tips: Correlating Conjunctions

Posted by Vicki Wood on September 14, 2018 at 1:59 PM

Some ACT and SAT questions may test your knowledge of correlating conjunctions, which are pairs of coordinating conjunctions:

either...or          neither...nor         both...and        not only...but also       
not...but            whether...or            as...as

When these words are acting as conjunctions, they must be with their proper partner, which is why both the ACT and SAT will try to trip you up by using a correlating conjunction with an imposter sidekick.

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

ACT and SAT Math Tips: Reflections on Reflections

Posted by Vicki Wood on September 7, 2018 at 12:41 PM

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

ACT and SAT Reading Tips: How to Reread Line References

Posted by Vicki Wood on August 24, 2018 at 12:51 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.  Do you know how much of the passage to reread for these questions? The answer varies depending on what the question asks.

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

College Admissions Tips: Three Reasons to Start Your Application NOW!

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on August 10, 2018 at 11:45 AM

In a lot of ways, View of doctors, dentists holding surgical instruments, by patient after operation on background of lamp, ceiling. Patient hospital, intensive care unit visit, emergency hospitalizationapplying to college is like going to the dentist--it's something you know you should do, it's something you know is good for you, and it's something you really, really aren't looking forward to.

Which is why many high school seniors put off applying to college until the last minute, some even leaving the task to the week before applications are due. And just as putting off the dentist can result in a very painful toothache, dragging your feet on your college applications can culminate in a very painful headache.

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Topics: College Admissions

ACT English and SAT Writing Tips: Beware of THEM (and THEY)!

Posted by Vicki Wood on August 3, 2018 at 10:35 AM

Implied pronouns--those that do not have an antecedent in the sentence nor in a preceding sentence--are difficult to spot in writing because they are so prevalent in our speech. Do you know how to spot errors with "they" and "them"? If not, read on, because you are sure to encounter such errors on your ACT or SAT.

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

ACT and SAT Math Tips: Average Questions in Disguise

Posted by Vicki Wood on July 19, 2018 at 12:05 PM

Test makers like to be tricky, because sneaky questions separate the students who comprehend a concept and those who have just memorized a formula they do not understand. We see examples of these tricky questions on the ACT and SAT in hidden triangles, "fake" quadratic equations, systems of equations, and many more concepts, including today's topic: disguised average questions. These popular ACT and SAT Math questions involve averages, but they do not appear to be about averages at all!

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

ACT and SAT Reading Tips: How to Recognize Right Answers

Posted by Vicki Wood on July 12, 2018 at 12:04 PM

There is a certain comfort in multiple choice questions, knowing that the right answer is there on the page staring up at you. While we often spend more time discussing the characteristics of WRONG answers in the Reading section of the ACT and SAT, it’s important to know what the RIGHT answer looks like, too. There are several characteristics of right answers on the ACT and SAT to help you select the correct answer to Reading questions, which I'll outline in today's blog post.

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

College Admissions: Computing Your GPA

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on July 5, 2018 at 11:45 AM


If you're applying to college, you'll hear a lot of talk about your GPA, and how much it matters in the college admissions process. Your GPA, or grade-point average, indicates your overall performance in school--i.e., your grades. Your GPA is calculated from your letter grades or percentage grades, and is expressed as a number from 0.0 to 4.0. Still confused? Let us break it down for you.

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Topics: College Admissions