Why the ACT is The Better Test to Take

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By Jim Treadway I cringe a little when a parent tells me their teen has chosen to take the SAT instead of the ACT.  In this article I’ll explain why nine times out of ten, the ACT is the better test to take. 1. ACT English and Reading Passages are more interesting than SAT Passages.   They aren’t fast fiction, but ACT Passages can be charming, interesting, even profound. There’s an ACT Reading Passage about a mother coexisting with her teenage …

Three Strategies Behind Students’ Rising ACT Scores

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1.  Michael Cerro’s “For Love of ACT Science” Workbook 2.  Breathing Techniques 3.  A New Strategy for Reading Passages My students’ ACT Scores have risen 8.2 points on average so far this year – equivalent to about 300 points on the 1600-scale SAT. Last year (the first year I began tracking scores in depth), they rose 6.1 points, or roughly 230 points on the 1600-scale SAT. My highest riser was 13 points, while my lowest has been 4 points (she is taking the test …

April ACT Writing Scores Came Out Today

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April’s ACT Writing Scores are out today, three and a half weeks after the test. My students’ scores are trickling in. As you look yours up, keep in mind: 1.  ACT Writing scores have always been strangely low. Whereas a 95th percentile score on English has typically been a 32, a 95th percentile score on the Essay has been a 27. Moreover, Essay grading seemed to get even harder with the new prompts released this year. In February, the Washington Post published …