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The ACT: June 14, 2008

Today many of our students took the ACT Exam, June 2008. Here is some feedback we received:

Most difficult section: Math

Increased emphasis appeared to be on Trigonometry and Intermediate Algebra. Not as many coordinate geometry questions. Although on average there are typically less than 5 questions involving trigonometry there were more according to some students.

Here is the typical ACT Math Section: 14 covering pre-algebra, 10 elementary algebra, 9 intermediate algebra, 14 plane geometry, 9 coordinate geometry, and 4 elementary trigonometry.

Reading: Average difficulty. Nothing too unsual. Here’s the typical ACT question breakdown: 35 minute, 40 question reading section measures reading comprehension in four passages. Today’s reading section featured nothing out of the ordinary including one reading passage on Neanderthals (very common for test writers to include passages with complex scientific terms).

Essay Topic:
Lawmakers arguing whether companies should be able to advertise harmful products; your point of view.

Conflicting view points: two different graphs supporting the arguments
Data Representation, somewhat more difficult with more questions than usual.

The ACT science section is a 35 minute, 40 question test. There are seven passages each followed by five to seven questions. There are three Data Representation passages with 5 questions following each passage, 3 Research Summary passage with six questions each, and one Conflicting Viewpoints passage with 7 questions.

If you have more information you would like to share, any specifics, please feel free to do so. We’ll post a trend analysis on the ACT later, but wanted to share some of the feedback we had received.

For students:

The ACT exam hopefully went well. If you have any questions or comments, or are interested in getting help on future tests -contact us.

For parents:

Once the test scores come back, give us a phone call or fill out our consultation form to get help. Our ACT Tutors will help you figure out exactly what went well and fix the ACT sections that need improvement.

Although it might seem like the ACT exam is too difficult, our strategies and methods help students succeed on their tests. So if you took the ACT exam today, June 14th, take the day off, you deserve it.

Ross Blankenship,
Director of Tutoring and Admissions Consultant

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