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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The Mandatory Action Steps from High School to College for Grades 9-12

The Mandatory Action Steps from High School to College for Grades 9-12

This week's newsletter will provide you and your teen a year by year check list for those mandatory actions steps to get your teen from high school to the 'right' college almost stress free! If your teen is just beginning high school, be aware that freshmen year is often labeled an adjustment year and colleges are well aware of that. However, colleges don't like to see an overwhelming amount of 'adjustment' –  several poor grades.   Take challenging courses – regardless of the year – is always recommended. A 'B' in a challenging course vs. an 'A' in a regular class is more recognized. Challenging courses also prepare your teen for the typical college workload. Begin to develop a relationship with your counselor. Not only can this person be a good source for college recommendations, but the counselor will also be able to recommend what courses your teen should take over the next four years. Find a good tutor if your teen...
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