ACT Grammar and SAT Writing Strategies

Whether you’re taking the ACT or the SAT, naturally you’re going to want to know the material inside and out. Luckily, on both the ACT Grammar section and SAT Writing section, the number of grammar rules you’re responsible for is incredibly limited. You needn’t be a wordsmith nor a person of letters in order to get a perfect score on either test. If you study wisely, you can master all the rules you’ll be tested on.

However, even the brightest students run in to tricky questions on the ACT and SAT. In those cases, it pays to have a great strategy and a thorough understanding of the way in which the test makers construct questions and answer choices. Often times, there are clues within the question or answer choices that reveal which answer choices are viable, and which are not.

While tricks won’t get you a perfect score on the ACT or SAT, understanding the strategies of the test makers will improve your chances of getting a question right, even when you’re unsure about the answer. This video shows two examples of this kind of situation on the ACT Grammar section. The same kind of thing happens on the SAT as well.

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SAT and ACT Geometry: One Step Away from Easy

The majority of SAT and ACT Geometry questions are one step away from being easy. What we mean is that by looking at the question a little differently than the way it’s initially presented, the answer reveals itself quite easily. Case in point: The question presented in this video.



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You Can Get It If You Really Want

For many students, great SAT or ACT score is not easily achieved. But for EVERY student, a great score on either of these tests IS possible. That’s right, you can get it if you really want… but you must try, try and try, try and try…

You’ll succeed at last.

Take a page out of Jimmy Cliff’s songbook. He wrote those lyrics in 1972. We’re pretty sure he wasn’t talking about studying for the SAT or ACT. Nevertheless, it’s true. In fact, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

If you really want a great score, you can get it. But you must try. (and try) (and try).

What we’re trying to get across is that studying for the SAT or ACT takes time and effort. And both of those things are a precious commodity for high school students. That’s where a great tutor comes in. Higher Learning Test Prep tutors know how to maximize your SAT or ACT score by focusing your study on the areas in which you need the most help. If you’re going to put in the time, you might as well get the most out of each minute of study. Spend time, but spend it wisely.

Furthermore, our dynamic, highly trained tutors know how to motivate students. The entire college admissions process can be draining. There’s so much to do, and so many questions to answer. A great tutor can show you just how clear the path is from your current SAT or ACT score to a much improved one. It won’t be easy, but with the help of a great tutor any student can vastly improve their ACT or SAT score.

Imagine accessing world class SAT and ACT preparation with an experienced, dynamic tutor in a one-on-one setting on your computer from anywhere in the world. Sounds amazing, right? No travel time, no restrictions and schedules to navigate. Just you and the best SAT/ACT tutor money can buy meeting face to face, complete with real SAT questions and/or ACT questions and an electronic chalkboard to boot. You can get it if you really want, and you don’t need to try all that hard. Just drop us a line- to set up a time to meet on Skype or Google Hangouts with a world class SAT tutor or ACT tutor.

Tricky SAT Questions at the End of Error I.D. Format

The last few questions of any given format are the hardest on SAT math and grammar sections. Check out this video which goes through the last few questions of an SAT Error I.D. section.


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How to Score 600 on any SAT Section

A score of 600 on each section of the SAT is a benchmark. In some ways, it’s an arbitrary number. It’s certainly not an accurate measure of one’s intelligence. Still, reaching a score of 600 on any given section of the SAT will open doors for students competing among the masses for a coveted spot at a top rate university. So, how do you do it? We’ll show you…

*If you’re interested in how to raise your score from 600-ish to 700-ish or even 800, check out our previous post here: How to Go from 600 to 800 in any SAT section. But remember, if you’re below 600 currently, you’ll want to start with bringing your SAT score up to 600 in every section first.

Divide and Conquer- The first step to improving your SAT score is to divide the exam’s subject material into smaller pieces. Of course, the test is already divided into three subjects: Math, Critical Reading, and Writing. However, in order to bring your score up in any one section, you’ll have to divide it into smaller sections. Maybe you’re doing well with algebra questions, but struggling with geometry questions. Maybe you’re doing well on pronoun and adverb questions but struggling with subject-verb agreement. Whatever content areas are giving you trouble, identify them and improve your skill set in each area.

Get Test Savvy- The other way to divide up the material of a given section of the SAT is to look closely at the style of the question. Are the wordy math questions getting you? Is it a particular format in the writing section that’s giving you a hard time? In order to improve your SAT score, you’ll need to improve your understanding of the style of the test questions, not just the content of those questions.

Pace Yourself- You don’t need to answer every question in order to get to a 600 in any given section of the SAT. Figure out how many questions you need to get right, and plan on answering just a few more than you need to. This is an important point, and something most students sadly disregard. Spend the necessary time to answer questions correctly, and don’t worry about getting the toughest questions right. Remember: The perfect score isn’t just an 800. It’s the one that gets you into your top choice school.

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How To Go From 600 to 800 in Any Section of the SAT

If you’re scoring 600 or above on the SAT, congratulations. You’ve already proven yourself to be a rather intelligent student and a good test taker. Still, you’re probably wondering how you can improve your SAT score. A score of 600 is a great benchmark, but a score of 750 or 800 in SAT Math, or Critical Reading, or Writing can open doors that a score of 600 cannot. So here’s how you do it.

1. Take Stock. What are you doing well? What kind of questions are you answering correctly, and what does that say about your skill set? Conversely, what kind of questions are you getting wrong? For some students, this part can be easy. Maybe you’re weak on geometry questions, or subject-verb agreement. However, for a lot of students in the 600+ range on any given SAT subject, the question is more complicated.

Did you rush? Did you misunderstand the question? Did you get tricked by the wording of the answer choice? These are a few of the many questions you might ask yourself when trying to categorize your mistakes. Above all, look to find patterns in your test taking. The first step to improving your SAT score is identifying areas of content that you’re missing and/or the problems in your test taking strategies.

2. Hone In. Once you’ve identified the problem, hone in on the issue at hand. If it’s a content mistake, that’s easy. For example, go back and review the rules for multiplying exponents, or calculating an average speed. If it’s a SAT specific mistake, you’ll have to dig deeper. Look closely at the language the test makers used. How did they design the question and answer choices? Can you see not only why your original answer is wrong, but why the test makers included that answer? What made your answer choice appealing? Can you identify other questions/answer choices that use a similar strategy?

3. Practice Slow, Practice What You Don’t Know. Once you’ve identified the problem, don’t just go back to full practice SATs, or even full SAT sections. Seek out specific problems that are similar to the ones you’ve answered incorrectly in the past. Do them slowly, and intentionally. Think about the strategies of the test makers.

For most students scoring above 600 in a given section of the SAT, the details are the key to an improved score. Look closely, be scrupulous, and you’ll be rewarded.

If your score is less than 600 in any section of the SAT, there is good news. The lower your score, the easier it is to improve that score. So, if you’re scoring lower than 600 in SAT Math, or Critical Reading, or even Writing, check out our next post!