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 …

My Favorite Reading Strategy: Intro, Topic Sentences, and Conclusion

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I have heard of several strategies to approach a Reading Passage: Just read it and answer the questions! Read the questions first, gaining a sense of what they will ask about.  Then read the Passage, and then do the questions. Read the whole Introduction, then the Topic Sentences, then the whole Conclusion.  Then go to the questions and jump back and forth between them an, reading the bits of the passage you need to in order to answer each question. …