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Mastering ACT and SAT Reading General Questions

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Identifying General Questions General questions are common on both SAT Reading and ACT Reading. I describe them as “general” because, instead of focusing on particular words, phrases, or sentences from the passage, these questions ask about the passage as a whole. For example, they may ask for the main point, main theme, main purpose, primary purpose, central claim, or central… Read more »

THE ONE PROVEN WAY TO WIN ON ACT & SAT READING. USE IT OR BE CRUSHED.

Is there really just one way to win on ACT & SAT Reading? When it comes to consistently finding the right answer, yes. But how can you identify, with one hundred percent certainty, the correct answer to every single SAT Reading or ACT Reading question? The answer to this simple question eludes most test takers. In fact, many students are… Read more »

SAT Reading Function Questions

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Function questions are common on SAT Reading and are usually easy to recognize. Though the phrasing varies, all Function Questions ask essentially the same thing: “Why did the author say X?” (where X stands for the specific phrase or sentence from the passage that is cited in the question). For example, on Official SAT Practice Test 1, Question 19 is… Read more »

Why Your ACT / SAT Score Isn’t Improving, Part 2

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In part 2, I get more specific about why mindless grinding is the wrong way to approach ACT/SAT reading. In short, you need to be methodical about following 4 specific steps (see vid). This is slow going at first, but with consistent practice it becomes automatic. That’s the goal of practice/training – to optimize your instincts and automatic behaviors so… Read more »

ACT Reading Tactics: Focus on the Passage

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Many people understand that the answer to every single ACT reading question is right there in the passage. Unfortunately, people’s tactics aren’t always in alignment with that truth. When answering an ACT reading question, people’s first instinct is often to go straight to the answer choices. However, except for a very limited class of questions, that is not the best… Read more »