The 13 Most Essential ACT Strategies

The 13 Most Essential ACT Strategies

Be an 'active' test taker; don't passively work through the exam. What does this mean? Write stuff down in your test booklet! Active test takers are more focused. The stronger the focus, the higher the score. Underline line references, but ALWAYS begin reading at the beginning of the paragraph so you have context. On the initial read through, go through the options, cross out only the 'stupid'. Any option you pause to consider, even if it's only for a nanosecond, is not 'stupid'. Not only should you bubble in your answer on the scantron, but also circle it in your test booklet. If you inadvertently skip a question and don't realize until after you've answered several questions, then it's easy to remedy. REMINDER: Double check to make sure you bubble in what you have circled in your test booklet. On the Reading, always PREVIEW: Underline what's important in the header, then read the first sentence of each paragraph as...
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How to Triple Your Reading Speed and Increase Comprehension

How to Triple Your Reading Speed and Increase Comprehension

One of the most common questions posed to me is how Breakthrough Test Prep differs from other test prep programs. The most important difference is that we actually teach students how to read more efficiently - improve reading speed and comprehension. Of course the bonus – that most parents especially like – is that they notice these invaluable skills carry over into their teen's reading work in school! I have been teaching efficient reading skills even longer than test prep. TRANSLATION: A VERY long time! Eventually, I merged the core techniques of efficient reading with all of my test prep programs. It makes sense that strong readers always score well, so teaching efficient reading to those students who may not be 'readers' is the foundation to significantly raise test scores. That said, there some BASIC efficient reading techniques that I can share with you so you can get a taste of how we teach these skills, particularly how to skim. Skimming means...
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