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Solving Math Word Problems on the ACT

A word problem (also called a story problem or a problem in a setting) gives you information in words rather than in just equations and numbers. To answer a math word problem on the ACT, you have to translate [more…]

Using Charts and Pictures to Answer ACT Math Questions

Some math problems are difficult to visualize, so sketching out a chart or picture of the given information can help you arrive at the correct answer when taking the math portion of the ACT. Here are some [more…]

ACT Math For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Making sure you have a handle on algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is a solid start for success on the math section of the ACT. However, to boost your confidence — and your score — even higher, you should [more…]

Writing an Essay that Scores High on the SAT

The SAT has only one essay question. With preparation, you can do well on the SAT essay portion even if essay-writing isn’t your forté. You have only 25 minutes to write a well-organized, convincing argument [more…]

SAT Success: Tips for the Multiple-Choice Writing Section

To do well on the SAT Multiple-Choice Writing section, you should be familiar with the main rules of grammar. As you read each SAT multiple-choice question, look for errors in the following grammatical [more…]

Scoring High on the SAT Critical Reading Sections

Maximize your SAT Critical Reading score with these tips. The SAT Critical Reading sections consist of two types of questions: sentence completion and reading comprehension. The sentence-completion questions [more…]

What to Bring to the SAT

Knowing what to bring with you to the SAT is an important part of succeeding on test day. The morning of the SAT can be hectic, so make sure you set out the following items the night before you take the [more…]

General Tips for Succeeding on the SAT

Don’t let stress diminish your success with the SAT. Prepare for exam day by knowing what to expect on the SAT and by following a few simple tips to help you relax, concentrate, and succeed: [more…]

Math Facts to Know for the SAT

Every SAT Math section includes a box of useful geometry formulas and rules — but to succeed on the SAT, you can’t rely only on that given information. You need to be familiar with numbers, operations, [more…]

SAT For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Although this is a Cheat Sheet, don’t even thinkabout cheating on the SAT. The following articles help prepare you for the SAT exam, so absorb the information that’s in them— but don’t print it out and [more…]

Tackling the GRE Analytical Writing Section

Use these tips as you work through the Analytical Writing section of the GRE. When you write the Analyze an Issue essay for the test, remember to [more…]

Success on the GRE Quantitative Reasoning Section

Success on the GRE’s Quantitative Reasoning section has a great deal to do with applying logic and common sense. Here are some tips for how to do your best on this section of the test: [more…]

What to Expect When You Take the GRE

The GRE is a computerized test taken at a local GRE testing center. Other test-takers may be working at the same time, but you’ll be in a booth, immersed in your own test. At up to four hours, the GRE [more…]

What to Bring and Leave at Home on GRE Test Day

The GRE proctors are very strict about what items you can (and can’t) take into the testing center. Make sure you come prepared on test day by bringing ALL these things: [more…]

Answering GRE Multiple-Choice Questions

The majority of the questions on the GRE are in multiple-choice format. Most require you to select the one best answer choice, but some require you to select two or more answer choices. The questions that [more…]

GRE For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Getting into the graduate school of your choice is a whole lot easier if you score well on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). This collection of GRE test-taking tips and key information can help you [more…]

Top Time Management Tips

Help yourself to save time, and also to make the most of your time, by taking on board these tried-and-tested time management tips. If it’s too overwhelming to adopt all of them, pick one to try at first [more…]

Translating ACT Math Word Problems

When you see a word problem on the ACT Math Test, you may feel a little lost at first. Straightforward math equations seem so much more, well, straightforward. Even though word problems are written in [more…]

The Test Sections of the ACT

The ACT comprises several different test sections, and each section has its own time limit. The following table shows you how many questions each ACT section has and how much time you have to answer them [more…]

Tips for Avoiding Mistakes on the ACT

Taking the ACT requires quite a bit of preparation. If you've taken the time to prepare, you don't want to jeopardize a good score by making a silly mistake. So be aware of the following catastrophes so [more…]

ACT For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The ACT tests your knowledge of grammar, reading, science, and math. In addition, the ACT includes an optional writing test. Many colleges require you to take this entrance exam before they’ll even look [more…]

Getting to Know the UKCAT

The United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is a psychometric test used by universities to assess the ability of their applicants. The universities want to know that you can [more…]

Familiarising Yourself with the Four Subtests of the UKCAT

The UKCAT is a computer-administered exam lasting just over an hour and a half, consisting of four parts. Fortunately, as with every test theoretically meant to check natural aptitude, the truth is that [more…]

UKCAT For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Successful application to Medicine or Dentistry university courses in the UK often depends on a good score in the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test [more…]

Using the Table of Joy to Help with Numeracy Tests

Here’s how to use my nifty Table of Joy to work out percentages, pie charts, proportions, conversions, ratios and all the rest so you can ace your numeracy test with ease! [more…]

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