How to Practice Reading for the SAT and ACT

Posted by Colleen on 3/14/18 6:15 PM

Many students either don’t get the scores that they are hoping for on the reading section or feel like they aren’t reading accurately enough or quickly enough. But how do you improve your reading? Let’s go through some strategies that can help you improve your reading speed and accuracy.

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How to Strengthen Your Reading Sections on the SAT and ACT Test

Posted by Colleen on 2/5/18 4:37 PM

Welcome back to another blog post about the SAT and ACT tests! This post continues on my earlier posts on practicing reading and ACT and SAT reading questions. If you haven’t read them, be sure to circle back and check them out. 

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How to Read for the SAT and ACT: Three Methods

Posted by Colleen on 11/15/17 5:57 PM

One of the hardest sections to prepare for on the SAT and ACT is the reading section. For the other sections, like math and English, there is particular content to learn. For the reading section, however, the exam is testing how well you understand and interpret what you read. Most importantly in this section, you need to manage your time well. What are some strategies for approaching the section efficiently and thereby gaining maximum points? I break down three methods below.

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How do I use Punctuation on the ACT and SAT Exams? Part II

Posted by Colleen on 8/25/17 4:36 PM

College entrance tests require that you know the rules of punctuation. There’s no way around it, so let’s get right to it.

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The Key to Selecting the Right Answer on the SAT & ACT: Part 2

Posted by Colleen on 8/16/17 4:56 PM

Welcome to part 2 of my blog on English strategies. If you didn’t read part 1, you can check it out here.

Picture it now: you’re breezing through the ACT English or SAT Writing and Language section. Every question come easily to you, as you follow what your ear tells you is right. You didn’t need to learn grammar after all!

And then on one question it hits you: all of the answers sound right. Your ear cannot hear which one is wrong. You look at the next question and your ear has failed you again: all of the answers sound wrong.

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The Key to Selecting the Right Answer on the SAT & ACT: Part 1

Posted by Colleen on 8/11/17 7:00 PM

Here I bring you a two-part series about methods for the English/Writing and Language sections of the ACT and SAT.

Many students approach the English sections of the ACT and SAT with the mindset that they will go with whatever answer sounds right. Everyone who is taking college entrance exams already has a high aptitude in English. Isn’t this enough? 

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How do I use Punctuation on the ACT and SAT Exams?

Posted by Colleen on 8/2/17 9:00 AM

Punctuation usually comes up in questions that ask you to choose from among a collection of different pieces of punctuation. Think about the use of each punctuation mark, and find which one has the use that is needed for the particular sentence.

Pro tip! Don’t forget to read the entire sentence, not just the underlined part. You need to know the entire sentence to decide how you want to place the sign posts that guide the reader through the sentence. 

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What's the Difference Between the Old SAT and New SAT? 5 Major Changes on the Reading Section

Posted by James Z. on 12/5/16 9:09 PM

What does the reading section look like on the new SAT? In short, it’s a lot more predictable and straightforward than its predecessor, but there are some changes that could prove tricky. Let’s look at these changes in detail.

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Reading or Math? How to Decode Word Problems on the New SAT

Posted by James Z. on 11/25/16 7:13 PM

Mathematical Applications on the SAT 

The College Board emphasizes that the Mathematics section on the new SAT is intended to test especially the mathematical knowledge that will be relevant for a broad range of careers—not only the mathy professions like accounting, statistics, or chemistry—as well as for the needs of daily life. Mathematics for the non-mathematicians, in other words.

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The Most Common Prefixes and Their Meanings

Posted by Alison on 10/17/16 6:00 PM

The English language comprises a plethora of words that can change meanings with the addition of a prefix or a suffix. For example, the prefix re signifies that the base word to which it attaches is happening again, as in "do" and "redo". In theory, one could add re an infinite number of times to the front of a word, and the effect would continue to do the same thing; the word's function would be repeated however many times the prefix re appears. The fact that such a pattern exists in English recalls an aspect of the language (there it is again, re in recall to call to mind again) that dates back to its origins. As much as English is a language full of exceptions to the rules, it also presents patterns that, when understood, can shed light on how and why we use the words that form the English language.

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