Medications For Standardized Testing?

In the last year or so I’ve had a lot of clients and parents mention to me that they were thinking of using medication to improve performance on a standardized test. This was something I almost never encountered when I first started tutoring for standardized...

Differences Between The SAT And The ACT

I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few sections of this article explaining that the SAT and the ACT are actually a lot more similar than most people think: The ACT Science section doesn’t reward you for knowing much science. The SAT Reading section...

SAT Writing and ACT Writing Are Similar, Too

Both the SAT and the ACT have essay components, and both of their essay components are, in a word, ridiculous. (If you’d like to see my video series on the SAT essay, it starts here: Mike Barrett’s SAT Essay prep ) Unfortunately, the easiest way to do well...

The SAT Vocabulary Myth

(This mini-article on the “SAT vocabulary myth” is part 3 of my 7-part series on the differences between the SAT and the ACT.) The SAT doesn’t test vocabulary much more than the ACT does Just as a lot of test-takers mistakenly think that the ACT...

The ACT Science Myth

(This page on the ACT Science Myth is part 2 of my 7-part series on the “SAT vs ACT” issue.) ACT Science Isn’t Really Science The conventional wisdom says that the ACT science section tests a student’s knowledge of science. This idea seems to...