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

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

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

Test Free June: Summer ACT and SAT Math

Posted by Vicki Wood on June 29, 2018 at 12:25 PM

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

New Official ACT Prep Guide 2018-2019: Should you upgrade?

Posted by Vicki Wood on June 21, 2018 at 11:32 AM

A new Official ACT Prep Guide 2018-2019  was released earlier this month, causing many students to worry that their 2018 editions or 2016-2017 editions are out-of-date. Unfortunately, test makers have found that frequent new editions of their official guides drive up sales, and the ACT is not alone in its practice of releasing updates every year; we are seeing the same from the GMAT, GRE, and SAT. The good news is that the changes are usually minor—such as the deletion of a paragraph or a change in font and type size--and thus do not warrant purchasing the update. This year, however, the ACT has added a single practice test, making the update more tempting. So should you toss out the old in favor of the new? Read on to find out.

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Topics: ACT Prep

Test-Free June: Summer TV and ACT/SAT Vocabulary

Posted by Vicki Wood on June 15, 2018 at 12:54 PM

Let’s keep June ACT- and SAT-free, shall we? It just seems unnatural to think about standardized tests right after the school year ends. Next week, after the holiday, you can start thinking about college admissions again, but for now, let’s just concentrate on what’s important: summer. 

One of the best parts of summer is guilty-pleasure TV; shows that are deemed too tawdry for the major network fall line-up are suddenly given the green-light for summer. And thank goodness! Without Housewives or Ninja Warriors or Beat Shazam, I might actually have to venture out in the heat and humidity for my summer entertainment. Gasp! So let’s celebrate Summer TV by using ten of the most common test vocabulary words to describe 10 favorite ways to spend the summer in central air. 
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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT Prep, SAT Reading, ACT Reading

Test-Free June: Ways to prep for the ACT and SAT without studying

Posted by Vicki Wood on June 8, 2018 at 10:40 AM

As most of the schools across the country have let out for summer break by now, 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

ACT English and SAT Writing Tips: Who's worrying about apostrophes?

Posted by Vicki Wood on June 1, 2018 at 1:23 PM

Apostrophes have two uses on the ACT and SAT:

    1.  To form possessive nouns.
    2.  To replace missing letters in contractions.

Let’s examine these two situations--as well as when to avoid apostrophes--in this week's blog.

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