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Tackling Pre-Algebra on the ACT Math Test

Pre-algebra and arithmetic are the fundamental mathematics tested on the ACT Math test. Out of 60 questions, about 10 of them will be pre-algebra concepts. You’ll be required to understand the basics of fractions, decimals, roots, integers, ratios, proportions, and basic number properties to solve these questions. You’ll also need to solve simple algebraic expressions […]

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How to Practice Proper Pacing on the ACT Reading Test

The ACT Reading Test will always be the third test you take on the ACT Test. Since it is 35 minutes long and contains 40 questions and 4 passages (10 questions on each passage), you’ll have slightly less than 9 minutes to spend on each of the 4 passages. That means in 9 minutes you’ll […]

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How to Spot Patterns on the ACT Science Test

Patterns are based on the relationships between the variables in an experiment. On ACT Test Day, pattern questions usually appear with Research Summaries and Data Representation passages and ask about minimum or maximum levels, points of change, and/or direct and inverse variation. The minimum level is the smallest data point for a given entry. The […]

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How to Translate ‘English to Math’ on the ACT Math Test

Word problems on the ACT Math Test often do not require particularly difficult algebra to solve. Most of the time, solving simple linear equations is all that you need to do! Here’s some quick tips to help you rock Word Problems on the ACT! Start by writing down what the question is really asking. What […]

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The ACT English Test – Basics

The ACT English section will always be the first test of the ACT. It is 75 questions and will take 45 minutes.  The format is very specific – a passage with multiple paragraphs and a title will have underlined portions that may or not may contain grammatical errors. The passages look something like this:   […]

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“Predict Before You Peek” on the ACT Science Test

The Official ACT Student website states you must do the following to get the most points on the ACT Science Test: “understand the information provided, examine critically the relationships between the information and the possible interpretation, and generalize from the information in order to draw conclusions or make predictions.” A prediction is an inference you […]

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How to Graph Sine and Cosine on the ACT Math Test

Sine, cosine, and tangent are the three main trig identities you might remember from Math class. You’ll only see them on the toughest ACT Math Test questions, but getting them correct can really raise your score! These graphs are usually graphed and expressed in degrees, but you may also see them expressed in radians. There […]

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Interpreting Evidence on the ACT Science Test

In Data Representation, Research Summaries, and Conflicting Viewpoints passages, you will need to be able to understand how scientific evidence is presented and answer questions based on this evidence.  These are a lot like “Detail” questions on the ACT Reading Test. To answer “Interpreting Evidence” questions correctly, ask yourself these 3 questions: 1. What type of […]

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Most-Tested Intermediate Algebra on the ACT Math Test

These three concepts (quadratics, systems of equations, logarithms) are probably ones with which you’re less a bit less familiar (especially logarithms and matrices), but they come up fairly regularly on the ACT Math Test. Here’s the basics you’ll need to know to understand these types of questions. Quadratic equations have three terms and are in […]

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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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