A Surprising Fact: The SAT/ACT/CLT Reading is NOT about Reading!
I know what you’re thinking. If it’s not about reading what on earth is it about? After all, it IS the Reading section. I am going to give you some great tips in a moment. But the fact remains, it’s a challenging section. You have 65 minutes in total to not only read 6 passages but also answer 52 questions on the SAT. That’s an average of 75 seconds per question even if you didn’t have to read the passages. The ACT has 4 passages, 40 questions with 35 minutes to complete in with 53 seconds per question.
Cut Time in Half: This section might be the most hated section of SAT/ACT but College Prep Genius will show you how to cut the time you need per question in half, finish all the questions correctly and on time. You might even have time to spare after you’ve checked your work!
Speed-Reading is Not Necessary: In fact, it probably won’t help at all. Speed-reading is an excellent skill to take on board but it is NOT the key to acing this section. With the CPG courses you’ll learn some extra special little-known tips. They’ll help you to work out what to look for, which of the information is superfluous, and work out exactly what you should read. It’s gold-plated information.
Skip 75% of Passage: As I just said, there are “secret” ways to work out what is worth reading, and what is not. You see, most students naturally approach this section as if it were an English class at school. They analyze and interpret the passages. When you do the College Prep Genius course we’ll prove to you that there is often up to 75% of the passage completely unnecessary to read. Imagine how good you’ll feel when you can happily leave much of the reading alone and still be sure you’re answering the questions correctly.
3 Types of Passages: The patterns used to create the tests are predictable and if you don’t know how to recognize them and then answer them correctly, the going could get quite tough. At CPG we’ll show you the 3 types of passages that you’ll come across on each and every SAT test and give you valuable techniques for tackling each type.
How is it that Top Maths Students Can Get Low SAT/ACT/CLT Math Scores?
- Bad in Math? No Worries!: Just because you love math doesn’t mean you’ll score well. Actually, many excellent math students get their lowest scores in this section. This is because it’s not like the math you do at school. You won’t get any credit for working out problems the long way. And just like the Reading section there are hints and techniques that will shortcut your work big time! The good news is that every math problem can be answered quickly and often without calculations. We’ll teach you the built-in shortcuts and you’ll be happily whizzing through the section in no time.
- Timely Manner: Many students who excel in math class tend to burn up the clock on these tests if they work them out the long way. The SAT has two math sections: one with 20 questions, 25 minutes to complete totally 75 seconds per question and the other section is 38 questions, 55 minutes to complete totally 86 sections per question. The ACT is 60 questions, 60 minutes to totally complete 60 seconds per question. Students can actually learn to answer them in 30 seconds or less.
- Not a Math Test: SAT/ACT/CLT math is not at all like school math. Yes, of course, there are math questions, but they are presented in a way that tests your critical thinking skills—and some of them are written in a bizarre way—but they all use math as the medium. When you know this, gone will be the frustration. Once you know what to look for and how to process the answers so you can choose the right one, you’ll feel confident even when they spring an unknown concept on you!
- You Won’t Need Your Calculator: Using a calculator can introduce another way you can make mistakes. So, it is great to know that every question on the test can be answered without a calculator. We’ll show you how!
- Easily Eliminate the Wrong Answers: You only get about one minute to answer each question. That’s not much time. So, you don’t want to waste the little time you have testing each suggested answer. College Prep Genius shows you how you can get by without ever testing more than two answers. This will automatically cut your working out time in half.
- Find Your Answers Within the Question: Did you know that more often than not the way the question is constructed often points you directly to the answer? And you know what that means? Instead of reverting back to crunching numbers, you’ll know what to choose without wasting any time.
- Love Math or Hate Math, You Can Score Big: When you know what to look for you’ll think less about formulas and calculations. You’ll save loads of time and even have some to spare at the end!
- Enjoy Less Geometry: Geometry is the least loved part of the Math section but only comprises about 10% of it. You’ll just love the 3 rhymes that we’ll teach you: Geometry becomes a cinch, and you’ll leave happy. The SAT does contain the geometry formulas in the test booklet.
Don’t Write Off the Writing and Language/English Section
- It’s a Great Combination: On the SAT, the Writing and Language score is combined with the Reading, but the score is separate on the ACT. Again, you’ll love that this is a learnable section, and many questions can be answered very quickly.
- So Little Time: On the SAT, there are 4 passages, 44 questions and 35 minutes to finish: That’s only about 47 seconds per question! The ACT is comprised of 5 passages, 75 questions and 45 minutes to complete leaving on 36 seconds per question, without reading the passages. College Prep Genius will show you a super cool pattern on the test you can use to answer up to 75% of the questions in 10 seconds!
- 3 Types of Questions: The test has evolved to a predictable format with just 3 types of questions that correlate to the passages with underlined portions. We’ll teach you which one tests grammar, style, or analyze the reading.
- No Grammar Genius needed: I don’t know many people who can remember the actual grammar rules you learned in elementary school. No worries, the writing sections uses 13 recurring patterns that you will learn with CPG. The beauty of a standardized test is that the test-makers are not going to change them up on you. You just have to know what to look for.
ACT Science is not about scientific knowledge!
- Time Management Skills: This section contains 40 questions with 35 minutes to complete it totally 43 seconds per question and this doesn’t count the 7 passages that are included.
- Similar to SAT Reading: Students can use the same test-taking techniques since there is a crossover of information that works. Using reasoning skills and logical thinking to interpret, evaluate and analyze data in the passages and diagrams.
- Match up Information: Students learn to decode the test-makers use of confusing labels such as Study 1, Experiment 2 and Table 3.
- Recurring Patterns: Learn the standardized patterns like Clone Invasion and COAT that lead to a fast answer.
- Two Types of Studies: Learn the acronyms to determine the difference between the two experiments. These could include variations, measurements, variables, recorded data, and any results that are observed. Experimental and observational studies are two types often used in science.
- Six Question Types: Each one is answered differently and is purposely out of order. Learn the simple way to reorder them correctly; this helps to answer questions since the information has already been seen before.
- One Sciency Question: Generally every test has one question that seems to require outside scientific knowledge. Learn the three ways to approach it and how to get a perfect 36 in this section.
Omit the Optional Essay at Your Peril … or
How to Score Points Others Aren’t Going For!
- Take the Advantage: The SAT has been mostly omitted but is still offered in some states on SAT School Days. The ACT essay is still optional and most students are going to take the easy way out and opt-out. But not you! You might think it will make life easier but there are long-term implications that could jeopardize your chances. So do the essay. There are 5 extremely valid reasons to ALWAYS write the essay when offered, that can yield amazing benefits.
- Timeframe Format: At the end of a long SAT test day, adding a 50-minute essay or 40-minute paper on the ACT is tough-going. But College Prep Genius comes to the rescue again. Think of how much easier it will be when you can prepare at least 50% of the paper before you get there, even though you naturally won’t know the topic. Sounds odd but believe me, we will teach you the tricks.
- Proven Template: You won’t have any idea of the topic of the essay ahead of time. But that does not matter. CPG teaches you our proven templates for both test formats. With a little practice, you’ll be able to write an analytical paper on the SAT demonstrating how the given document’s author built his or her argument. The ACT’s persuasive paper using the given perspectives can easily be conquered with our knowledge of how the judges grade the essay.
- Be Familiar with the Judging Criteria: There are 3600 judges across the nation, and they’re all faced with the overwhelming responsibility of reading and grading tens of thousands of subjective essays. It’s a tough gig but remember this is a standardized test so they MUST follow a rigid framework to make sure your work gets compared fairly with everyone else’s—regardless of who writes it, where they live, or how or where they’re schooled. It has to be objective or the whole system won’t work.
- Length Matters: You’re given four blank pages and a short amount of time to write the perfect essay. It’s pretty scary. No wonder tens of thousands just don’t do the essay. Fear not. CPG has already done the hard yards. We’ve analyzed every aspect of perfect-scoring essays on the SAT and ACT and will give you the key to a perfect score.
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