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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. […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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A Crash Course in Fractions on the ACT Math Test

A fraction consists of a numerator, a fraction bar, and a denominator. To add or subtract fractions, you just need to find a common denominator. For example ¼ + 1/3 = 3/12 + 4/12 = 7/12. All fractions are rational numbers. A rational number is a number that can be expressed as a ratio of […]

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Making Accurate Inferences on the ACT Science Test

Easy ACT Science Test questions ask you what the passage or data tables explicitly say. More challenging questions require you to draw your own conclusions based on what is implied in the passages. Mark up the passages as you read, paying close attention to the topic, experiment set-ups, given results, author’s point of view, and […]

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The Mathematical Mean vs. Average Speed on ACT Math

Not all averages are created equal on the ACT Math Test. What can be somewhat confusing is that the word “average” on the ACT Math can refer to two separate concepts: the arithmetic mean, and the average speed. It’s important not to confuse the two on the Test Day, as they require different formulas to […]

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How to Make Sense of Functions on the ACT Math Test

Function questions are among the toughest problems you might see on the ACT Math Test. These questions sometimes ask about domain and range, or present you with a linear or quadratic function and ask you to plug in a number for a variable and solve. Functions can also use made-up symbol. For these tricky problems, […]

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