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The SAT and ACT Math Sections: Which Works Better for You?

Math is math is math. The Pythagorean Theorem is always a²+b²=c². The square root of 144 is always 12 (unless it’s -12).

You might think it logically follows that one math test is like another. However, that is not always the case! Taking the SAT math test can be a very different experience than taking the ACT version.

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Acing the ACT Science Section Part 2: Three Types of Questions

In Part One of this two-part series, we discussed the value of understanding the scientific method, a cornerstone of scientific reasoning. We looked at examples designed to illustrate this step-by-step process, which is used to test hypotheses and establish facts.

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Acing the ACT Science Section Part 1: The Scientific Method

Let’s talk about science.

Rob Gelb of A+ Test Prep and Tutoring offers some perspective on science and standardized testing in his video, “What is the Science Portion of the ACT?”

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SAT or ACT? Find Out Which Test is Right for You

You’re in high school, or you may be the parent of a student in high school. You’re looking towards future possibilities: college, graduate school, graduations, internships, careers.

Not so fast! First, there’s a test.

Actually, there are two tests. College-bound students usually take either the SAT or the ACT as part of their admissions path. The need to choose between the two can trigger several questions.

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Posted in Test Preparation, SAT, Test Prep, College Admissions, ACT

SAT/ACT Hybrid Tests: Don't Drink The Kool-Aid


Michael Dean, of Summit Educational Group in Massachusetts recently wrote a blog post describing why it's not a good idea for students to take SAT/ACT hybrid tests provided by some test preparation companies.

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Posted in SAT, Free Proctored SAT and ACT Exams, ACT

Five Things You Should Know About Taking the New ACT Writing Test

The ACT Writing section took on a new format in September 2015, which changes the way students should prepare for this optional segment of the test. Here are five things you should know about the New ACT Writing Test.

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Featured Test Prep Student: Nicholas Dahl

Nicholas Dahl of Philadelphia is all about efficiency. The 17-year-old junior at Germantown Friends School has to be—his busy schedule includes accelerated courses, mock trial, student government, and year-round competitive running (track, cross-country, and indoor track). So when it came time to focus on preparing for the ACT test, he wanted a solution that would maximize his time. After completing a one-on-one ACT prep program with A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, Nick achieved a nearly perfect ACT score of 35 (out of a possible 36 points). Here is how he did it. 

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5 Myths About ACT Tutoring

Your college-bound son or daughter has decided to take the ACT test, and you want to help him or her score well on the exam. Your friends have advised you to look into an ACT tutoring program, but is that really necessary? Each family is different, so ultimately you should do what is best for yours. However, below is a list of facts that may help you decide. 

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Test Prep Tip: Underlining and Taking Notes on the SAT or ACT [Video]

Parents often wonder what their child can do to improve their understanding of questions on the SAT or ACT. A+ mathematics tutor, Tom Spencer, provides a great tip about using underlining and notetaking as a resource for test success.

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ACT Writing Enhancements for Fall 2015

The optional essay section (Writing test) of the ACT is changing beginning with the September 12, 2015 test date. The revised ACT essay format was designed to provide more insights to help students become college and career ready.

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Posted in Test Preparation, ACT, Writing Skills

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