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Category: ACT Strategies

Kristin Fracchia

TuesdACT: Tips for the Day Before the ACT Test

So it’s the night before the ACT, and you are not feeling totally ready. Or maybe you are totally ready, but you’re just feeling totally nervous. Or maaaybe you slacked a little bit, and now you are trying to cram in whatever you can before the test tomorrow. In this video, you’ll find some tips for a few things you can do within a couple hours to greatly improve your odds of a successful test day.

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Catrina Coffey

ACT Tip: How To Use Your Calculator Wisely

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your calculator on test day. You can use a calculator on the ACT Math Test. You cannot use a calculator on the Science Test. (Or the English and Reading Tests… not that you’d want to.) Make sure the calculator you want to use […]

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Catrina Coffey

How to Improve Your ACT Score By 10 Points

Howdy, Magooshers! Today we’re going to cover a very important topic: How to Improve Your ACT Score By 10 Points. According to Google, that exact phrase was one of the most common searches after the last ACT, so it’s near and dear to a lot of you!

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Susanna Langholm

ACT Guesswork

To Guess or Not to Guess?: A Comprehensive Guide to Approaching Those Questions With Answers You Can’t Quite Get…Or Answers That Leave You More Confused than Ever   At Magoosh, we aim to do everything we can to ensure that our readers walk into the ACT on test day ready to brandish that pencil and […]

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Catrina Coffey

Top Tips for ACT Vocab

Hidey-ho, Magooshers! Today I’m going to give you my top three tips for vocabulary success on the ACT, and what they mean for you in preparing for test day.   Top Tip #1: The ACT and SAT test vocabulary in different ways. Traditionally, an “SAT word” has been a vocabulary word that is both uncommon […]

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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 Strategy: Answering “Yes/No Because…” Questions

Many of the trickiest questions on the ACT Science test ask you to do more than just identify details and trends in the data, they ask you to make inferences about the presented scientific situations and experiments. Sometimes they ask you what would happen if something changed about the scientific situation or what the results […]

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Rita Neumann

Making the Most of Your ACT Study Schedule

The first challenge of studying for the ACT is finding the time and energy to get started. The second challenge? Committing to your study plan. If you haven’t already noticed, high school is a game of time management. And of finding a way to complete all your homework, study for your tests, finish your projects, […]

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