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Mastering the SAT and ACT

August 27, 2020

If your teenager has never been the strongest of students and they're dreading the ACT, here's how you can help them get the new start they need.

Is Your Teenager A “Just Okay” Student Who Needs A New Start On The ACT? Here's How You Can Help
August 12, 2020

Attention student athletes: if you’re struggling with standardized tests, we’ve got good news for you: you can use the lessons you’ve learned from improving your game of choice to become a capable, confident test-taker!

What Learning to Play Baseball Can Teach Us About the ACT
August 4, 2020

If you struggle with reading comprehension and you're worried it will bring your SAT or ACT score down, here are the three things you can do to start improving right now.

For Students Who Consider Themselves “Bad at Reading”... How to Get Better Before the SAT or ACT
July 28, 2020

If you’re a good student who is “bad at standardized tests,” don’t get down on yourself. The problem may have a much easier solution than you think it does. Here’s how to become a capable, confident test-taker.

Why Good, Even Great, Students Sometimes Struggle with the SAT or ACT
July 23, 2020

There's a simple reason why so many good students struggle with the SAT or ACT. Here's what parents can do to help their teenagers become stronger, more confident test-takers.

If Your Teenager is a Good Student but a "Bad Test-Taker," Here's What You Can Do to Help
July 21, 2020

If you’re good at soccer, but bad at standardized tests, we’ve got good news for you: you can use the lessons you’ve learned from improving your soccer skills to become a confident test-taker!

What Do Soccer and the ACT Have in Common?
January 29, 2016

Steve on the importance of giving yourself enough time to properly train yourself to be excellent at standardized tests (continued).

What If You Allowed Yourself Enough Time To Succeed? (Part Two)
January 22, 2016

Steve on the importance of giving yourself enough time to properly train yourself to be excellent at standardized tests.

What If You Allowed Yourself Enough Time to Succeed? (Part One)
November 18, 2015

Have you guys seen the new ACT essay? It's...not that different. Tom makes some suggestions for how to write it.

How to Approach the New ACT Essay
November 4, 2015

"Think about the SAT or ACT in the same manner as you do the other games of skill that you play: sports such as tennis or golf, performing arts such as piano or ballet."

A Better Approach to Standardized Tests
September 28, 2015

Tom lays out the one thing you're almost certainly doing wrong when you approach standardized test Reading or English questions, and how to fix it.

Stop Staring At The Answer Choices!
September 2, 2015

Tom talks about the three simple steps you can take on every single standardized test math question to drastically improve your understanding and confidence (and, as a result, your score).

How To Master ANY Standardized Test Math Section
July 18, 2014

Steve lays out the plan for any student who wants to get much more capable and confident at taking standardized tests.

How to Become Smarter at Standardized Tests
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