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ACT Exam Secrets Guide

Did you know that there are specific tips and secrets that are part of the ACT?  If you know these secrets, you can dramatically increase your ACT Test Score.

Would you like to know the following?

  • How to avoid the time traps that the ACT test makers have built in to the ACT Test?
  • How get get through the easiest questions with super speed, saving you precious time for the harder problems?
  • How to recognize the critical words in the questions and answers that will help you immediately identify the right answer?
  • How to identify keys to questions that give away the right and wrong answers?
  • How to immediately find what you are looking for in the Reading passages, saving you precious time?

These are numerous other ACT test tips can be found in the ACT Exam Secrets Guide.  You can’t afford to not know these secrets and tips.  It can make the difference in getting the ACT test score that you want and getting a mediocre ACT test score.

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ACT Test Taking Strategies


There are a number of general ACT test taking strategies that everyone should know to do you best on the ACT.  Some of these test strategies are specific to the ACT and some are general.  For strategies that are specific to the ACT, check out ACT Exam Secrets, which is packed with tips, secrets, and strategies for taking the ACT.

Pace Yourself.  Time is your biggest enemy on the ACT.  Keep a close watch on time and make sure you are progressing.  Don’t spend too much time on any one problem or group of problems.  Easier questions may be ahead!  Don’t waste valuable time on questions that you are struggling with.

Read the Directions for Each Test Carefully.  You should do this ahead of time so that you save precious test time for answering questions.  Get the Preparing for the ACT booklet online or from your high school counselor and study the test directions thoroughly to make sure you understand each type of test.

Read each Question Carefully.  Helpful information is given in many questions that is sometimes easy to overlook.  Make sure that you pay attention to anything that might be important in answering the question.  ACT Exam Secrets will help you understand what some of those words might be.

Answer the Easy Questions First.  Since there is no penalty for guessing, make sure that you answer as many questions as possible by doing the easiest ones first.  If you aren’t sure of how to solve a problem or figure out the answer, either leave the question blank and come back to it if you have time (or guess if you run out of time), or eliminate some answers and make a guess, but mark the answer booklet so that you can come back and work on the question if you have time.

Use Logic on More Difficult Questions.  Many questions have answers that are obviously wrong.  If you can eliminate those answers, you increase your chances of guessing the right answer dramatically.  Many questions have clues as to the right answer.  Pay attention to those clues and they will help you correctly answer the question.  Looking at the different answers may also provide clues to how to answer the question.

Mark the right question.  Make sure you are answering the right number question, particularly if you skip questions.  The last thing you want to have happen is to have to erase and reanswer a bunch of questions because you got off by one.

Be careful in marking your answer sheet.  If you need to erase, do it completely.  Since this test is scored by an optical reader, you want to make sure that it doesn’t see marks that you have tried to erase.  If you need to change your answer, make sure that you completely erase your answer.  Make sure that you have a number of pencils with good erasers so that you don’t run out.

Answer every question.   This is applicable to the ACT since there is no penalty for wrong answers.  Always make sure you to leave yourself 30 seconds at the end to guess at all the unanswered questions.  If you were able to eliminate some answers along the way, that can help increase you chances of getting a right answer.

Review your answers.  Always ask yourself if the answer you are giving makes sense.   This is particularly helpful in the ACT math section.  Take just a moment to consider the answer you calculated and the question you were asked to see if there is any reason that your answer would not make sense.  For example, if you were calculating the value of an angle that was obviously greater than 90 degrees and you calculated an answer of 10 degrees, it would not make sense.  You probably made an error and a quick review would help you catch it.  There are also techniques for double checking your answer.  Use those to your advantage in reviewing your work.

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How to Prepare for the College Entrance SAT


Many people are afraid of the dreaded SAT, the longest, most comprehensive test most high school students will ever take. If they do poorly, they fear they will never be able to go to college. Although the test scores are a very bad judge of your actual intelligence or ability to succeed in life, your SAT scores unfortunately have a disproportionate impact on your college options. The good news is that it is easy for which to prepare.Most colleges take your SAT scores into consideration. Many indicate that they will not accept students who score below a certain level on the test. Colleges know that it is not a measure of your I.Q. or a real measure of how likely you are to succeed; however it is a measure of the level of one’s discipline to study and, frankly, an easy screening method for applicants.

It takes a lot of preparation time to review all the material that will be on the SAT and, most importantly, to familiarize yourself with the way the test is given. If you don’t understand the format, the test can be very confusing and intimidating. Below is a list of steps you can take to prepare for the SAT.

1. Take practice SAT’s

There is no better preparation than taking practice SAT’s and carefully reviewing your mistakes. You can find practice tests at book stores and online. For every time you take a practice test, your goal should be for your test score to improve by several points.

2. Brush up on Old Math

Much of the math on the SAT is from earlier level high school material, so even if you’re good at math, you might not remember it. You need to re-read your old geometry and algebra books to do well in this section of the test.

3. Practice Your Vocabulary

Most of the verbal section of the SAT is based on vocabulary. The SAT frequently presents unusual words that sound like simpler words but have different meanings. If you have a limited vocabulary, it is very hard to expand it in a matter of weeks, but it can be helpful to try.

4. Become a Writer

Writing is a skill that only gets better with practice. Try writing a few SAT-style essays every day and you will soon be able to do them quickly and without being nervous.

5. Be Well Rested and Fed

Make sure you get a lot of sleep the night before the test. In the morning, eat a huge breakfast of something that won’t bother your stomach. Definitely get to the test location with plenty of time to spare.

6. Don’t Guess

If you read a multiple choice question on the SAT and have no idea of the answer and are unable to eliminate any of the choices as incorrect answers, your odds of guessing and getting it right are low. You are better off skipping the question altogether. Skipping a question will negatively impact your score less than getting the answer wrong.

Having said that, if you have a multiple choice question and are able to narrow down the correct answer between one choice or another, that would be worth making an educated guess since then your odds are much better at getting it correct.

The SAT is a long, dull test, so don’t be nervous. Also, try to take the SAT early so you have time to take it again if you are not happy with your score. Regardless how many times you take the SAT, colleges accept your highest score for their consideration of admittance to their school.

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Private SAT Prep Courses Do They Really Work?

When time comes for high school students to take their SAT, they are often under continuous pressure from all sides. Their parents expect them to do well on these tests, as their future depends a great deal on where they go to college. We all know though that their best may not always be enough and that there’s always tons of pressure from other competitive students. Even though the SAT assesses each individual’s ability to analyze and solve problems and his or her academic skills for college, in the end it still comes down to how well you’ve done compared to the other students in your high school. Furthermore, there’s the pressure that comes from the student’s ambition to do well on the tests while pleasing everyone, including parents and teachers. Under these circumstances, there is no wonder that more and more anxiety and depression related illnesses are reported each year among teenagers. The struggle to achieve perfection can sometimes have negative consequences. No one is denying that success is critical at certain moments in a person’s life, and the SAT is one of those times when everything has to go well. However, student ambition can be channeled through healthy and productive ways, without having to be faced with anxiety problems related to college admissions.For most students, the somewhat lengthy road to getting into college or university, and ultimately the road to academic success starts with the SAT (Scholastic Assessment test or Scholastic Aptitude Test). As has been said before, the SAT, which is developed by the College Board, assesses the skills that students have learned in high school and will need in college. In other words, much of the work that students have put in during high school years is reflected in their SAT scores. The SAT scores are all the more important with the increased selectiveness of universities and colleges, as a result of the increasing number of applicants each year.

So, what can be done to maximize your SAT scores? Having acknowledged the importance of scoring high in the SAT, many students choose a good SAT preparation course to help them make the most of this testing experience that their future as college students depends so much on. How can SAT prep help future college applicants? First, it contributes significantly to the reduction of test-related anxieties, allowing students to focus and perform better. Second, fear of the unknown is a major cause of poor performance in tests, sometimes even greater than the lack of thorough study and preparation for the test. Based on this fact, these test prep classes focus on allowing students to gain considerable knowledge of testing methods. In other words, SAT prep courses will show students exactly what to expect of the test, allowing them to be more relaxed and confident. Test prep courses are also an excellent opportunity for students to identify any weak points that they may have and understand specific topics thoroughly.

The bottom line is that the SAT prep courses help students a great deal. Students who attend such classes and boot camps will see how they manage to eliminate the fear of an unknown test, relax, and strengthen their knowledge of topics to be tested. These test prep classes will give students confidence, raise their scores and enable them to get into more selective colleges.

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Getting A GED


A Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) is a certification for people who have not yet completed high school. The GED is considered a high school equivalency exam.If you’ve only recently dropped out of 11th or 12th grade and the subjects are still fresh in your mind, you may take the GED without a lot of advance preparation. Otherwise, you need to study and prepare yourself with help from the following:

1. Locate a GED Prep course at a school or training facility near you by contacting any public high school or college guidance counselor. For more help, reach out to the GED hotline at 1-800-626-9433.

2. Head to a local or online bookstore or the public library for GED Prep books to study at home.

3. Search your favorite search engine and find online GED study courses. They generally require payment.

4. Check your local and cable television listings got GED study courses. You can call: 1-800-354-9067 for help with this.

About the GED Test

The test covers basic reading and understanding fundamentals as well as math, science and social studies. It covers the following areas:

Writing – Grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure; with multiple-choice questions and a 200-word story to write.

Math – decimals, fractions, percentages and basic math problems; multiple-choice problems where you need to add, subtract, multiply and divide without using a calculator.

Social Studies – Geography using maps and charts, history; with 66 multiple-choice questions.

Science – biology, chemistry, earth and physical sciences; with multiple-choice questions.

Literature and the Arts: Reading and comprehension; with multiple-choice questions.

The test lasts roughly 7 hours and 35 minutes. Ask in your state if you can:

– take the test in parts – retake the test if you fail (and if so, the costs involved and time needed to wait to re-test)

Getting your GED is an important step in your career and your education. Make the time to look into getting your GED now!

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The GED Test: A Thinking Marathon

The GED test is grueling. A timed 7.5-hour test, it’s a thinking marathon, and GED students should prepare for the test just like a runner would get ready for a challenging athletic event.For people who are accustomed to working on their feet and moving around all day, just sitting in one place hour after hour is a very tough challenge. So it’s important that GED test candidates prepare their bodies and minds for sitting still and concentrating over a long period of time.

Here are some ways to prepare for the GED thinking marathon:

Train your Brain: Make sure your GED test preparation includes periodic lengthy study sessions – six, seven or even eight hours at a stretch – to give yourself experience with sitting and thinking over long time periods. Just as a marathon runner trains the body to long distances, you’ll need to practice and develop concentration techniques to maneuver successfully through the long-distance GED test.

Pace & Persevere: The competitor who starts a 26-mile race on a sprint seldom finishes the race. But smart marathoners understand pacing, energy preservation and perseverance. So smart GED test candidates need to determine how to pace themselves over the full test course – mentally, physically and energetically. Take some practice tests that approximate the test time. This will give you real-time experience with timing, pacing and alert you early to possible test obstacles, along with solutions and the perseverance techniques it takes to overcome them.

Avoid Brain Drain: It won’t be possible to stop the GED test for a 10-minute power nap. But relaxation techniques can be just as effective. Using these techniques during the test are a good way to reduce stress, relax the body, mind and re-energize both. Just consider the impact that five minutes of stretching and fresh air have on drivers who are traveling cross-country.

A variety of relaxation techniques can be used, and there are many one or two-minute methods that work well. Some people simply relax all their muscles for a few moments, close their eyes, breathe deeply and visualize a pleasant scene. Some people use meditation skills they’ve learned through fitness classes, or yoga. Or other people alternate muscular tightening with muscular relaxing, breathing deeply as they move through muscle groups from toe to head. Some people even use self-hypnosis.

Explore a variety of relaxation methods until you identify one that works for you. It’s an excellent skill that will help you avoid brain drain, persevere through the test and ‘go the distance.’

Power Up: A critical part of the athlete’s preparation is diet, nutrition and sleep. And research shows that these factors are just as important to healthy brains as they are to healthy bodies. Are you nutritionally sound? While fast food is convenient, it’s not the diet a runner chooses before a marathon. Eat healthy, especially a few days before the test. Make sure your diet includes foods designed for physical and mental stamina. Get plenty of rest, too, so you won’t be fatigued at test-time.

Ready to run? Make sure you dress for the test. Wear clothing that’s comfortable, with a healthy snack or two in your pocket or purse. When test breaks are given, take a real break. Stretch, breathe deeply; clear your mind, walk briskly. Drink water – eat a healthy snack.

And don’t forget to visualize your goal. Just like the marathoner keeps the mind’s eye and energetic focus on the finish line, GED test candidates will want to keep an eye on the credential. Visualizing success is a motivator – important during study time and at test time.

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Getting Your GED – A Step By Step Guide To Getting Your GED

If you looking for information about how to obtain your GED, then you will want to read this article. In it, I will give you step-by-step guide on how to go about getting your GED. If this sounds good to you, then read on.A GED is a certification that is equivalent to a high school diploma. In fact, the letters GED stand for graduate equivalency diploma. It is typically obtained by people who do not complete high school on time.

The more fresh your high school education is in your mind, the less you have to prepare when going back to get your GED. This means if you recently dropped out of school, then you have to do little preparation in order to meet requirements of your GED. Otherwise, if it’s been awhile, you probably should refresh your memory on the material that are going to be on the test.

In order to do so, you can use resources that help you prepare yourself for a GED equivalency test. In fact, there is a GED hotline you can call for more information. Also, check out resources in your public library, and look through the options of a bookstore to see what’s available.

In order to earn your GED, you have to pass a GED equivalency test. This test is a multipart test, which covers the basic subjects of reading, math, science and social studies.

Under the subject are reading, you’ll be required to know basic grammar, punctuation usage, spelling, and appropriate sentence structure. Typically, you will answer multiple-choice questions, as well as write a short story using appropriate grammar.

For math, you have to be accountable for understanding percentages, decimals, fractions, and solving basic math problems. Again, the answers come in the form of multiple-choice, and this portion of the test is completed without the aid of a calculator.

Social studies mainly focuses on history, as well as using maps and charts to identify geography.

The science part of the test covers three areas, biology, earth science, and chemistry. You needs to demonstrate a basic understanding in all three of these subjects.

Finally, you have to pass the equivalency test for literature. This involves your reading skills and the ability to comprehend what you read. As with every other portion, this comes in the form of multiple-choice questions.

The completion of all these tests takes roughly 7 to 8 hours. In some states, you can take these tests in parts, and also retake the test if you fail. Make sure you’re aware of your options before taking the tests involved in getting your GED.

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Understanding the GED Exam

In 1942, there was a dramatic need for education amongst soldiers in the Armed Forces. At the time, millions of young people were enlisting to fight in World War II. However, they were doing so before they had earned their high school diplomas. That problem prompted the military to ask the American Council on Education to create a series of tests that could be used by those who had enlisted to show they had the necessary academic skills to get jobs outside the military. The tests became known as the General Educational Development program or GED.What Is The Purpose Of The GED?

When people began to enlist in the Armed Forces in the 1940’s, the military recognized a growing problem amongst soldiers’ eligibility for civilian jobs. Without a high school diploma, soldiers returning home were often denied jobs. The GED was created to measure and demonstrate these soldiers’ grasp of subjects taught in high school. Today, millions of adults who lack a high school diploma earn their GED to prepare them for the workplace and help them compete for jobs.

How Do You Pass The GED?

The GED tests a person’s understanding of five fundamental subjects: math, social studies, reading, writing and science. Each test is graded individually with a score from 200 to 800. In order to pass any of the five tests, a person must score at least 410. However, to actually earn their GED, an average score of 450 across all five tests is required. If a person fails to pass one or more of the five tests, they need only to retake the tests they failed to earn their GED.

What Is The Best Way To Study For The Test?

One of the best ways to study for the GED is to take classes specially designed to prepare students for the test. You can often find these classes at a community college or high school in your area. That said, many people find it difficult to attend these classes. Often, they have jobs or families that create a scheduling conflict. If you have this issue, your best alternative is to purchase a GED preparation book at your local bookstore and study when you have time available. These books are updated regularly to keep up with any changes made to the GED tests.

Benefits Of Getting Your GED

There are several benefits to earning your GED. First, getting a job is easier as many employers want to see that prospective employees have the fundamental academic skills equivalent of a high school diploma. You’ll also find it easier to get promotions at your job because your employer knows that you’re able to learn and apply new skills. Studies have shown that the average person with a GED can make hundreds of thousands of dollars more over their lifetime than a person without a GED or high school diploma.

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The New SAT Test – Important Tips Before You Jump-Start

By Sophia Gina

For many students, the SAT exam is the most important test of their high school careers. The new SAT is a three-hour test that determines you potential for future academic success. While some colleges consider high school academic performance and extracurricular activities as important as your score in standardized tests, most other colleges consider the SAT/ACT scores as one of the key factors in the admissions process. In order to apply for admission, you need to either take SAT or ACT test depending upon the college you are applying to and its geographical location. The fact that you need a good SAT or ACT score to get admission in a reputed college is irrefutably true.

Before you start with your SAT preparation, there are a few important things you must know. You should also understand and avoid the most common mistakes with respect to SAT test which are frequently made by uninformed students/parents. In the following paragraphs we outline important strategies needed for effective SAT preparation. Without a clear direction, the SAT preparation may turn out to be sloppy and haphazard resulting in disappointing results. Therefore the more careful you are in the early stages of your preparation; the better you would be with the end results.

GETTING STARTED WITH SAT: THE OFFICIAL STORY

An informed approach to SAT preparation begins with checking the College Board’s website (http://www.collegeboard.com) for testing dates, locations and registration procedures. Spend a good amount of time checking the format and content of the test. Read the tips and strategies recommended by the people who design and administer the test

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PREPARATION MATERIAL & SUPPORT

After acquiring preliminary information about SAT, you should proceed to assemble the right quality of study material for the SAT exam. While there is a lot of support available to prepare for the SAT test, your selection will largely depend on access to those resources and your comfort level with different modes of preparation.

You should select textbooks after consulting individuals who have already taken the SAT test in recent past. Those familiar with new trends can guide you through and help make a good choice of study materials among those available for SAT preparation.

You may also opt for support in the form of SAT classroom review courses or contact a private tutor. However, classroom courses and professional help from tutors may prove to be very costly.

The good news is that you can now think of enrolling in new online audio-visual courses for test preparation. New online courses have produced encouraging results. These methods of online preparation are not only equivalent to classroom courses and private tutors, but also come at a fraction of their costs. Online SAT preparation courses are rapidly gaining popularity among students across the globe because of their versatility and effectiveness.

DIAGNOSTIC TESTS: THE STARTING POINT

A diagnostic test should be the starting point of your preparation, as it will give you a better idea of your strengths and weaknesses. After gaining a good familiarity with the SAT structure, and identification of strengths/weaknesses, set your goals and design a study plan that best fits your situation. Please note that these first two steps should be completed as quickly as possible in order to allow the maximum time for the actual SAT preparation.

FORMING YOUR OWN ‘GANG’

Competitive environments nurture talents. Many students make the mistake of not teaming up with colleagues. These students may start up very enthusiastically only to loose their momentum after a few weeks into preparation. Having a good study group provides the much needed instrumental and moral support. A healthy and supportive competitive environment aids good preparation by helping you decide what resources to use and learn from others accomplishments and mistakes. However, one must realise that a good ‘gang’ may only help one so far, the actual work has to be done by the student himself.

PRACTISE THE WAY YOU WANT TO PERFORM

Your study should replicate as much as possible the conditions of the actual SAT test. Take numerous practice tests, and try doing as many sections at once as you would on the day of actual test. The more your SAT preparation resembles the actual test, the more comfortable you will be when you take the real test. The cliché in sports/arts that “the way you practice is the way you perform” is more than true for SAT preparation.

Set demanding but reasonable goals for yourself and give yourself that extra push which makes the distinction between a good SAT score and a great SAT score. Jumps start your academic career with a bang!

Best of luck !

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Tips for Taking the ACT

By Deanna Mascle

The ACT is a national college admission examination that consists of subject area tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science with an optional writing exam.

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately three hours and 30 minutes to complete with breaks (or just over four hours if taking the Writing Test). Actual testing time is two hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes for the Writing Test).

ACT results are accepted by all U.S. colleges and universities. The basic registration fee includes score reports for up to four college choices for which a valid code is listed at time of registration.

The ACT can be an important factor in college education. Not only is it an important criteria for admission to most universities but some degree programs also use scores to determine admission. For these reasons it is important to prepare carefully before taking the exam.

The best preparation for the ACT is taking a solid high school program that includes courses in English, math, science, and social studies and taking your school work seriously.

But it’s also true that attitude, emotion, and physical state may influence performance. So start preparing early and know what to expect on the test day. Read all the information in the registration packet and take the complete practice test included.

On test day itself make sure to:

~ Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.

~ Read the directions for each section carefully.

~ Read each question carefully.

~ Pace yourself—don’t spend too much time on a single passage or question.

~ Use a soft lead No. 2 pencil with a good eraser; do not use a mechanical pencil, ink pen or correction fluid.

~ Answer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones.

~ On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.

~ Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.

~ Review your work. If you finish a test before time is up, go back and check your work.

~ Mark your answers neatly. If you erase, erase completely and cleanly without smudging.

~ Do not mark or alter any ovals on a test or continue writing on the writing Test after time has been called or you will be disqualified from the exam.

~ You’ll have 30 minutes to read and think about the issue in the writing prompt, and to plan and write your essay. Do some planning before writing the essay. Carefully consider the prompt and make sure you understand it. Think of how best to organize the ideas in your essay. Use specific examples.

Preparing for the ACT is important for your college education and your future.

Deanna Mascle writes about many college, learning and education topics. Visit her blog Teens Learn More at http://TeensLearnMore.com

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