Author Archive | Catrina Coffey

  • Catrina Coffey

    Catrina graduated from Rider University with a B.A. in English. She’s been helping students prepare for standardized tests since 2011. In her spare time, you can find her reading anything within arms’ reach, playing video games, correcting grammar, or studying word derivations. (Did you know that procrastinate comes from the Latin word cras, which means “tomorrow”?)

Complex Numbers on the ACT: Multiplication and Division

Remember, a complex number is very similar to a binomial. We’re dealing with imaginary and real numbers at the same time. We already took a look at addition and subtraction, so let’s move on to multiplication and division. These are a little trickier, but only division involves a skill you may not have used yet. […]

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ACT Tip: How To Use Your Calculator Wisely

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your calculator on test day. You can use a calculator on the ACT Math Test. You cannot use a calculator on the Science Test. (Or the English and Reading Tests… not that you’d want to.) Make sure the calculator you want to use […]

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Top 20 ACT Vocabulary Words

Worried about ACT vocabulary? Worry no more! We’ve collected the top 20 ACT vocabulary words you should know—along with their definitions and parts of speech—in one place for your studying ease. Without further ado… Top 20 ACT Vocabulary Words* *As I mentioned in the Top Tips post, the ACT will more commonly test secondary definitions […]

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Top Tips for ACT Vocab

Hidey-ho, Magooshers! Today I’m going to give you my top three tips for vocabulary success on the ACT, and what they mean for you in preparing for test day.   Top Tip #1: The ACT and SAT test vocabulary in different ways. Traditionally, an “SAT word” has been a vocabulary word that is both uncommon […]

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Tricksy Little Questionses: How the ACT Tests Vocabulary with Jargon

What comes to mind when you see the phrase “SAT word”? Probably some difficult, maybe even abstruse, word that you’ve never seen before and will probably never actually use. “Abstruse” might even be a good example (but it’s an adjective meaning “difficult to understand,” in case you ever need it). You may be thinking, though, […]

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