About the ACT

The ACT Test is quite different from the SAT - it is more closely related to PreCalculus as far as math goes.  The science section is really more about being able to read graphs and interpret reading passages.  We also tutor the science section of the ACT.

Like the SAT, the ACT is a timed test and many questions are designed for students that are good with numbers.  Test questions often use perfect cubes and squares as well as pythagorean triples such as the 3-4-5 right triangles.  

The math sections consists of 60 questions to be answered in 60 minutes.  Many people think that this means that one question should be answered every minute.  This is not true.  The goal when studying for the ACT is to learn to completely master the easy questions so that they can be answered in 5 or 10 seconds allowing students to build up a time buffer to allow them to relax and think more clearly about harder questions.

One of the main differences between the ACT and SAT is that the ACT has trigonometry and matrices as well as combinatorics.  Both SAT and ACT have number theory questions and algebra problems.  Please see our SAT page for more info on the SAT.

ACT Tutoring only benefits students that put in a lot of time outside of tutoring practicing problem.

We recommend 2 sessions per week for 8 weeks with students practicing a minimum of one full 60 question math section from practice tests per tutoring session.  This equates to about 120 problems per week multiplied by 8 weeks to become approximately 960 to 1920  practice problems.  Before each session it is absolutely essential for students to do the practice, self correct, and re-try problems that were done incorrectly.  This way students become more invested in the problems and much deeper learning takes place during tutoring sessions.  When students practice math sections they are strongly encouraged to time themselves.

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