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 …

The Way You Read ACT Science Questions Is Confusing You – Here’s The Fix

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A couple weeks ago I realized that I was reading ACT Science questions differently than most of my students. My students tended to read the entire question at once… They started to read at “Suppose…” and continued all the way to the end:  “…following energies.” The problem with this approach is that the question has so many unfamiliar “science-y” terms – Mineral 3, MnSiO3, Figures 1 and 2, X-ray spectroscopy, 3 maximum intensity peaks, keV – that when you read …