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Catrina graduated from Rider University with a B.A. in English. She’s been helping students prepare for standardized tests since 2011. In her spare time, you can find her reading anything within arms’ reach, playing video games, correcting grammar, or studying word derivations. (Did you know that procrastinate comes from the Latin word cras, which means “tomorrow”?)
Colons The colon ( : ) is a fairly straightforward punctuation mark. The rules for colon usage are clear-cut and don’t leave much room for error. Master these, and the day is yours! Colons are used after independent clauses (a.k.a. “complete sentences”) in four situations. You can remember them by remembering the letters LEQ. […]
Dashes Before we start talking about this, we need some clarity of language. A hyphen ( – ) is often used to join words together. We’ll talk about those later in this section. A dash ( — ) is a versatile and often dramatic punctuation mark, and since it’s more fun to talk about, we’ll […]
Remember, a complex number is very similar to a binomial. We’re dealing with imaginary and real numbers at the same time. We already took a look at addition and subtraction, so let’s move on to multiplication and division. These are a little trickier, but only division involves a skill you may not have used yet. […]
Worried about ACT trigonometry? You don’t have to be! Check out this post for everything you need to know about ACT math trigonometry for test day.
Commas The rules governing commas can be tricky; often, there’s some flexibility for your personal style. For the ACT, the “style” rules either have one “right” answer or are just not tested. So, for our purposes here, it’s easiest to think of commas as separators: they point out information that, for whatever reason, needs to […]
Hey there, Clemmonsdogparkers! Let’s talk about getting in to Harvard. As with the other schools we’ve discussed so far (Princeton and Yale), Harvard does not have any ACT score cutoffs. At time of writing, they don’t have their average ACT score on their website, but according to universitylanguage.com, the middle 50% of Harvard students […]
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your calculator on test day. You can use a calculator on the ACT Math Test. You cannot use a calculator on the Science Test. (Or the English and Reading Tests… not that you’d want to.) Make sure the calculator you want to use […]
Complex Numbers Complex numbers are kind of like binomials. They have two parts: a real number and an imaginary number. Some examples of complex numbers would be (3 + 4i) , (-2, -i), or (7 – 3i). Make sense? We’ve got the real and the imaginary working together in peace and harmony. Let’s talk about what […]
Hail and well met, Clemmonsdogparkers! Today’s the last day of our Ivy League roundup, which means we’re talking about Dartmouth College! So let’s get the mandatory New Hampshire weather joke out of the way and we can get down to business! Okay, let’s talk test scores. If you’ve been following the Ivy League roundup so […]
Yo, Clemmonsdogparkers! Today let’s talk about the University of Pennsylvania. Specifically, how to get in. If you want to study in Pennsylvania, here’s what you need to know! As you might expect by now, there are no ACT score cutoffs… but the middle 50% of this year’s incoming class scored between a 31 and a […]