If you’ve read Part 1 of the “Conquering Right Triangles…” series, you’re ready to rock some more challenging ACT Math questions with a quick “Triangles” quiz! Try each question on your own, then check your answer against the explanation! Question #1: A right triangle with one length of 60 degrees has two leg lengths of […]

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## 10 Tips for Smooth-Sailing on ACT Test Day

1) Use the answer choices on the ACT Math Test If you can’t figure out how to set up the algebra to solve, using an ACT Math strategy like plugging in can definitely lead to better scores. Use the answer choices to your advantage, trying each one out, by backsolving, then looking for the choice […]

## How to Make Sense of Tricky Variables on the ACT Math Test

A “variable” in math is a placeholder for an unknown. In ACT Science, this takes on a slightly different meaning and is used to describe the factors in an experiment. Independent variables are factors that are controlled by the scientists. Did the scientists increase the heat in the experiment? Did they add or remove pressure? […]

## Conquering Right Triangles & the Pythagorean Theorem on ACT Math – Part 1

The ACT Math Test loves triangles! Out of all the ACT math topics tested, the triangle is the most commonly tested Geometric shape. The Pythagorean Theorem and the properties of right triangles are especially tested. The Pythagorean Theorem is a formula used to find the third side of a right triangle if you know the […]

## How to Compare Two Experiments on the ACT Science

One type of ACT Science passage, Research Summaries, will present descriptions of one or more related experiments and will require you to answer questions about one or both experiments. To compare them accurately, answer the following questions as you read: How is each experiment set up? Make sure you understand the method for each experiment. […]

## Scientific Notation on the ACT Math Test

Scientific Notation is not a heavily-tested concept on the ACT. However, it may be combined with other topics for medium and hard-level questions. Use this guide to bolster your online studies and gain confidence for test day! Large numbers and very small decimals are often expressed with exponents using scientific notation. Scientific notation involves writing […]

## ACT Science – Research Summaries Strategy

The ACT Science Test will always be the fourth test you’ll take. It will have 7 passages and you’ll have 35 minutes to complete them. That’s about 5 minutes per passage so moving confidently through this test is essential! It takes practice to gain confidence in interpreting data and understanding the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary. […]

## ACT Math Challenge: Average Speed

In a previous post, we took a look at two different types of “averages” you might see on the ACT Math Test, one of which was a fairly rare challenging concept known as “average speed. Often found in complex word problems, this type of question is one many students are less familiar with so don’t […]

## ACT Science – Point of View Questions

Conflicting Viewpoints: Understanding Point of View As you read each ACT Science passage, look closely for keywords that help you identify each scientist’s opinions. What does the author like? What does he dislike? What adjectives and adverbs does he use to describe the various scientific topics? He may feel positively about one thing, and negatively […]

## ACT Number Properties Basics: Factors, Multiples, and Divisibility

ACT Math Basics Learning the basics of number properties is crucial for success on the ACT Math Test. Here, you’ll learn some basic terminology to help you on the test. A factor, or divisor, of a number is a positive integer that evenly divides into that number. For example, 4 is a factor of 12 […]