174 ACT Science Vocabulary Words
A super geeky project: I partnered with Robin, an Ivy League super geek science major, who I happened to meet at my book club. We went through all of the available ACT Science tests and made a comprehensive list of what words and phrases they use. You are welcome! Study Hard.
Pittsburgh Test Prep
I just got an amazing phone call. I said hello and the parent on the other end launched into me with “What score can you guarantee me that my son will score?”
I was about to say, “I don’t think we are a good fit,” and hang up. Or, I was thinking: “You should find a prep company with guarantees somewhere else.” But I didn’t. I launched into the fray and explained that there are no guarantees in things dealing with humans. I was driving and had the time to spare, so why not get into a nice argument about the thing that I know MOST about.
What I asked were questions. What was his starting point? What are his goals? Where does he want to apply? How are his grades? How tough are his classes? These are all factors that can help me determine if a student will raise his/her score. But there are no guarantees. David likes to say, “We offer one guarantee: If your child does NOT do what we say, I guarantee you that the score will not improve.”
There are no guarantees in Pittsburgh Test Prep, none. If you buy a guarantee you are simply falling for a marketing trick.
25 Math Concepts you MUST know for the ACT!
ACT Math – Top 25 ACT Math Concepts.
I read, analyze, and teach ACT Math problems 4 to 6 hours per day, 5 days per week, sometimes more. Doesn’t sound like fun to anyone but a real geek like me. But I love it, and I love helping the teenagers who come to 3RPrep for help. When the SAT was changing a few years ago, I convinced David to be my partner (because he is way better at grammar than I am), and we painstakingly counted every “type” (or concept) of question on the ACT. I just looked at the list of math question types and tried to identify the ones that are on almost EVERY test.
Stay tuned. I am going to make a very short lesson with an example problem or two from every concept.
- Word Problems – 99% of the ACT math is word problems. More, less, fewer, higher, lower, double, half, etc.
- Properties of Integers. 90% + of the numbers used by the ACT are integers. Even, odd, positive, negative, consecutive, prime, factor, multiple, square, etc.
- 1/a + 1/b = (a + b)/ab. 1/2 + 1/3 = (2+3)/(2*3)
- Arithmetic = add/subtract. Geometric = multiply/divide.
- Rates & Proportions.
- Increase, decrease, percent of a percent, interest.
- Algebraic Operations & solving equations. Combine like terms – watch out for negative signs. Easy – don’t miss these.
- Algebraic Inequalities – graph them quickly.
- Absolute Value.
- Exponents, roots, logarithms.
- Linear Functions. ax+by=c & y=mx+b
- Coordinate Geometry in the xy-plane.
- Systems of Equations
- Evaluate f(x).
- Quadratics, parabolas, factor and FOIL.
- Lines & Angles. l is parallel to m, l||m
- Triangles, right, isosceles, 3-4-5
- Quadrilaterals, squares, rectangles, trapezoids.
- Circles & sectors. They love the angle of a piece of a pie chart.
- Multiple Geometry Figures. Big Area – Small Area is usually the answer.
- Two SOHCAHTOA questions, usually straightforward.
- Average, Mean, Median, rarely mode.
- Counting, Factorials, Permutations, & Combinations.
In this article, CalTech is ranked as the school with the lowest percentage of accepted students.
We talk to countless parents and high school students every week, and one of the things we hear most is: “My scores aren’t very good.” We work hard to get parents to see that there’s no such thing as a “good” score, nor is there such thing as a “bad” score. A score that’s good for Denison University might not be good for Duke University.We want students and parents to think differently about standardized test scores.
The question we like to ask is: “Are your scores where they need to be?” And we need some context to arrive at an answer by asking some more questions:
- What colleges or types of colleges are you considering?
- Do you know what your major might be?
- How does your transcript look? GPA alone doesn’t give us (or colleges) the whole story.
- What classes are you taking?
- What classes do you plan to take?
- What are your interests outside of school?
- Do you play sports? Volunteer? Work?
We ask these questions to get a more three-dimensional view of the student, because this is how admissions officers look at applicants.
If you live in the Pittsburgh area, give us a call to schedule an appointment. If you’re out of the area, we’re always happy to connect via Skype or Google Hangout. We can help you figure out if your scores are where they need to be.
Head English and Writing Tutor
david @ 3RPrep.com
Here is an excellent article from the Washington Post (owner of test prep company, Kaplan) about the rise and demise of the SAT. It is one of the best summaries of how testing came to be part of admissions. So if more schools go test optional, what will become of David and I?
Washington Post SAT Article