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SAT math tips, formulas and concepts students should memorize

A good way to memorize formulas is to memorize that as both text and image. Convert the formula into text, memorize the text by saying it out loud to yourself and copying it out as a mathematical formula. Before you take the SAT, drill yourself on the formulas and concepts. What are some things you need to memorize for the SAT math? The Slope Formula If you have the coordinates of two points, to calculate the slope of a line, use the following formula: “Y two minus Y one over X two minus X one.”  The Distance Formula “Distance is the square root of Y two minus Y one squared plus X two minus X one squared.” Distance is exactly the same as the Pythagorean theorem, where the distance between two points is the hypotenuse of a right triangle. The Midpoint Formula If you have coordinated for two points, calculate the midpoint by averaging the x coordinated and averaging the y coordinates. The Quadratic Formula The quadratic formula can be used to find the X-intercepts of a parabola: “Negative b plus or minus the square root of b squared minus 4ac all over 2a.” How to get the X-coordinate of the vertex of a parabola in standard form: “Negative B over 2A” If you need the Y-coordinate of the vertex, plug the X-coordinate you got into the...

Final considerations for retaking the ACT

Students, while retaking the ACT can lead to a score increase for many, you should also consider the cost of taking the exams and what multiple scores mean to college admission officers. The ACT costs \$46 and \$62.50 with the writing portion. Costs can add up if you repeatedly take the test but keep in mind, the ACT offers fee waivers to low-income family students. Once you complete the exam and send your score to colleges, many schools may subscore your results. Subscoring is a process in which schools take the best scores from each section if you have taken the exam multiple times. Keep in mind, some schools may not subscore, which may be problematic if your second test score drops. For example, if you received a 25 composite score on the first exam and a 20 on the second, that may raise some questions with the admission officers. Consider the potential for good and bad outcomes that come from taking the ACT multiple times. Students may find drawbacks of having to spend more time, money and effort into the process of test preparation but the strong possibility of raising your score will be worth...

Tackle the ACT the second time: Dedicate the time

For many students, one of the biggest challenges they face is simply finding the time to commit to preparing for the ACT on a regular basis. With their academic obligations, extracurricular activities and other responsibilities, finding the time to test prep have become more difficult. Prep time can vary from prospective college students. There are several factors to consider when preparing to retake the ACT such as the original score and how high you want your score to increase. For example, a student who has a composite score of 27 but wants to increase their score by one or two points may only need to dedicate a few weeks to reach their desired score. But, students who want to increase their score by five or more points will need to dedicate significantly more amount of time for test prep. We recommend students to take enough mock tests to get close to their desired score before retaking the real exam. Learn about our mock testing program here....