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Category: About the ACT

Catrina Coffey

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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Kristin Fracchia

How to Calculate ACT Scores

If you’re wondering how to calculate ACT scores, look no further! You may still be prepping for the ACT, in which case familiarizing yourself with the form of official ACT results is important. On the other hand, you may be going over your score report and wondering how you earned a particular score. In either […]

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Rita Neumann

Why You Should Take Your ACT Junior Year

We’ve already covered when you should take the ACT on a high level, but today I’d like to take a more opinionated approach. As someone who tutored the ACT for a couple of years, I’ve come to the conclusion that students who take the test junior year are better off. They end up with better […]

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Kristin Fracchia

How Hard is the ACT?

Difficulty is a relative term. On a difficulty scale that ranges from learning your ABC’s to building a space shuttle, the ACT probably ranks about here: Compared to your ABC’s and a typical state standardized test, the ACT probably ranks about here: Of course, this is just an illustration. For some people, learning the alphabet […]

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Kristin Fracchia

How to Study for the ACT

Let’s say it’s winter break of junior year. For the holidays, your parents have gifted you a stack of ACT prep books with a card that says “Get started.” Or maybe it’s the week before the test, and you suddenly remember you can’t go to a Saturday movie with your boyfriend or girlfriend because you’re […]

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Kristin Fracchia

How Long Should I Study for the ACT?

What a great question. I know some students who have been preparing for college admissions tests since sixth grade. I also know students who don’t think about them until their mom flashes the lights on and off to force them out of bed the morning of the test. (You’ll thank her later.) But if you […]

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Kristin Fracchia

Common ACT Mistakes

If I had a nickel for every time a student hit his or her forehead and exclaimed, “Aaah! That was a stupid mistake!” I’d have….a lot of nickels. Preferably handed to me by a tiny mouse. Unlike this tiny mouse, making mistakes on the ACT is not so cute. Nothing is more frustrating than knowing […]

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Kristin Fracchia

ACT Science Question Types

Knowledge is power, and becoming familiar with the question types on the ACT Science test can do wonders for your test prep plan. Learning these question types can help make an unfamiliar test seem like an old friend (maybe?) and can help you more easily identify your plan of attack for different questions. You won’t […]

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Kristin Fracchia

Introduction to the ACT Science Test

Does the ACT Science Test seem a little intimidating to you? The kind of test that sucker punches your confused, tired brain after you have valiantly battled through sections of English, Math, and Reading? Do not fret! It’s not as scary as it seems. Check out the video below that will ease you into your […]

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Kristin Fracchia

The Magoosh ACT YouTube Channel is Live!

We are pleased as punch to introduce you to our MagooshACT YouTube Channel where we will be sharing all our best ACT strategies and test prep tips! It’s our goal to help you ace the ACT with short, informative videos that aren’t totally boring to watch. 🙂 And we are starting with the most notorious […]

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