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Author: Kristin Fracchia

Dr. Kristin Fracchia makes sure Magoosh's sites are full of awesome, free resources that can be found by students prepping for standardized tests. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004 and has helped students prepare for standardized tests, as well as college and graduate school admissions, since 2007. She enjoys the agony and bliss of trail running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.

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ACT Reading Strategy: Vocabulary in Context Questions

On every ACT Reading test, you’ll find a few questions that fall into the category the ACT calls “Meaning of Words,” or what is often referred to as “Words in Context.” This episode of TuesdACT is all about the perfect strategy to get this question type right.

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Kristin Fracchia

The New SAT Reading Paired Passage

There will always be one paired passage on every New SAT Reading Test. Here are the specific question types you’ll see and the strategies you should use.

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Kristin Fracchia

New SAT Reading: How to Strategically Approach Passage Complexity

If you are at all familiar with the SAT Reading test, you probably know that the passages vary in difficulty. You might breeze through some of them and then be sweating bullets through others not having any idea what the heck the last paragraph was talking about. This is ok. This is what makes the SAT hard, and you should know that there are a lot of other students struggling along right beside you. But, if you are prepared, there can be a huge difference between you and these other freaked-out students gnawing off their pencil erasers around you, and that is, the level of panic you experience when you encounter a difficult reading passage. Knowing what to expect can help you make strategic decisions about which passages to do first.

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Kristin Fracchia

New Common Application Essays 2016 – 2017

The Common App has just released its essay prompts for the 2016 to 2017 application season. Here are our thoughts on which ones are the best.

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ACT Scores of Famous People

Ever wonder how your ACT scores compare to the scores of celebrities? Check out the video; the answer may surprise you!

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Kristin Fracchia

Can I Skip Questions on the ACT?

Don’t. Just don’t. There’s no penalty for wrong answers on the ACT, so make sure you have an answer bubbled in for everything before time is called. This means before you finish each section because the rules explicitly forbid going back and answering questions in previous sections even if you are just blindly pencilling in “C” for everything.

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Kristin Fracchia

Pacing for the New SAT Reading Test

We won’t beat around the bush. There’s a lot to read on the new SAT Reading test. And if you aren’t careful with balancing your time between reading and question answering, you very well might find yourself in a panic when the proctor announces 5 minutes left. So let’s talk about how you can learn to pace yourself appropriately.

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Kristin Fracchia

What is a Good ACT Aspire Score?

ACT Aspire tests are scored on kind of a funky scale that changes between subjects and between grades tested. For the ACT Aspire test given in grade 10 (the one that predicts your ACT scores for 11th grade), here’s how the scoring breaks down in the table below:

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Kristin Fracchia

ACT to New SAT to Old SAT Score Conversion Chart

Need to convert your ACT scores to New SAT scores and compare them to Old SAT Scores? We’ve created this conversion chart based on the latest, official information from the College Board and ACT to help!

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Kristin Fracchia

ACT Percentiles

What is a percentile anyway? Check out this post to learn how to use your ACT percentiles to see how you compare to other students who’ve taken the ACT!

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