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September 07, 20224 min read

ACT/SAT Reading Tricks to Make Scores Skyrocket!

Most students are not fans of the reading test.  I find that 90% of my students really struggle with this portion of the test.  Students find the timing frustrating and the passages boring. Timing is tight, even for people that read all the time! The good news is that you can still score well on the test because the score is based off of how many questions you are getting correct.  There isn’t much I can recommend to make the passages more interesting. However, I can help you focus while you are reading! Here are some ACT Reading Tips and SAT Reading Tricks to make your score skyrocket!

There are many theories as to how to approach reading the passage. I’ve heard strategies such as skimming only, not reading at all, only reading the first and last paragraph, and only reading the first and last sentence of every paragraph.  The strategy that works with most students is to actually read the entire passage.


Reading Tips

While reading, I recommend annotating.  When I say annotating, I don’t mean writing and reflecting entire sentences about each paragraph. I mean writing one to two words to summarize a paragraph.  You don’t need to spend a lot of time thinking about it; write down the main idea. The easiest way for me to explain it is to think about the process when you write an essay. If you start with an outline, how do you go from the outline to the essay? You add details and transitions. For the essay on the test, you want to think about what the author’s outline might have looked like. You just need to know where in the passage it talks about different aspects. You need to know where to find the answers to the questions.

Follow along with your pencil as you are reading. It will help you focus, which will make your life a little easier.

Answering questions

You don’t earn any points on the test though until you answer questions.  There is where PREDICTING comes in to play. After you read a question, stop yourself before you read the answer choices!  I want you to read the question and answer the question in your own words. If you need to refer to the passage, go for it! It is an open book test; you should refer to the passage to find the answers.  THEN you read the answer choices and see which answer comes closest to what you thought the answer was! When you answer in your own words first, when you look for the correct answer, you are matching ideas. See how this goes for you, and let me know if you need help!


There are 2 kinds of people in the world: those that like math and those that don’t. I fall into the “like math” category, which is good news for you! If you like math, these tips and tricks can help you out, but if you don’t like math – CONTINUE READING!


Top 5 tips to Increase your ACT and SAT Math Score

Math is definitely the most content based of all of the sections on either that ACT or the SAT. So yes, how well you do in math might have something to do with how you do in math in school. Now with that said, there are still a lot of ways that you can increase your score.

  1. Practice, practice, practice.
    This is true of all sections, but it can really help out on math. The more practice you do, the more questions that you will know how to do!

  2. “Plug” your answer choices
    There are two ways to use your answer choices. You can plug in your answers when there are numbers in the answer choices. You can plug in numbers to the problem when there are variables in the answer choices.

  3. Focus on the “easy” questions
    Yes, there is going to be harder math questions, but you can still get a good score on the test by making sure you are doing well on the problems at the beginning of the test. It is OK if you take more time on those and then have to guess on the questions at the end of the test. If you struggle with math, chances are that you will have a difficult time with the problems at the end of the test anyway. You will benefit (and so will your score!) if you make sure you take the time to get the “easy” questions correct.

  4. Draw pictures for the geometry problems
    As soon as a questions says, “Rectangle ABCD…” you need to draw rectangle ABCD on your paper! It is going to help you visualize what you are doing, and it is well worth the time!

The highest math is pre-calc
No worries though because there are only 1-2 questions that are at this level! Focus on Pre-Algebra and Geometry to get biggest increase with your study time!

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TINA WILES

ACT/SAT SLAYER

I haven’t always been on a mission to help students SLAY the ACT and SAT. Before this, I was an Industrial Engineer turned high school math teacher, and it took a lot of inspiration & a truck-load of guts to get to where I am today.

I have worked with thousands of students over the past 14 years- of ALL ability levels.

It’s my passion and blessing to help students increase their confidence, get that goal score, and know that they have what it takes to ace the test.


I get it! As a mom of 4 sons, I truly understand that each child is different, and I work with each student to meet them where they're at and to support them to get to the next level!

Laura Dabezic

READING AND WRITING TUTOR

I have taught high school English for twenty-seven years, and I have a BA in English, an MA in reading, and an MA in Educational Technology.

I have been named Most Influential Educator seventeen times!

I teach freshmen English and AP English Language and Composition at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL.


In addition, I have taught ACT/SAT prep for 15 years and have attended several ACT/SAT workshops.

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What We Do Here.

01.

PRIVATE TUTORING

Private tutoring is the ultimate level of customization. Everything we work on is geared to meet your child at their current level, fill in any gaps or misunderstandings, and bring them to the next level.

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SMALL GROUP TUTORING

Small group tutoring is more cost-effective than private tutoring, and VERY OFTEN we get students who see similar increases in their test scores!

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