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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 […]

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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 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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Mike MᶜGarry

Matrices on the ACT

ACT matrices problems may look intimidating, but learning a few simple steps to approach them (and doing some quick practice!) will help you master them.

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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 […]

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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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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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Chris Lele

SAT Math – Probability

Probability is actually pretty rare on the SAT. So don’t freak out about this topic. In fact, I’d only recommend this post for those looking for a near perfect—those who want to make sure they have all their bases covered. What you’ll have to know is the following: Probability (Likelihood of something happening) = #of […]

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Rita Neumann

ACT Geometry

Even if you had a terrible Geometry teacher in 9th or 10th grade, you can still get most of the ACT Math Test Geometry questions correct with the basic information in this blog! Here are all the need-to-know definitions!   Common ACT Geometry Terms Describing Angles: Angle, Vertex An angle is formed by two lines […]

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