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Knowledge Is Power

No matter what test you’re preparing for, the first step in any successful prep program is understanding the rules of the game. Or, as a wise man (Kendrick Lamar? Pretty sure it was Kendrick) once said, “Know your enemy.”

Fortunately, we’ve been around the block a few times, so we know a few things — almost 40 years’ worth of things, in fact. And because you’re our favorite, we want you to be able to know things, too. So if you have questions about the test, from scoring to accommodations to fundamental strategies, you can find the answers here. And if you don’t see the information you’re looking for, let us know at help@inspirica.com and we’ll fill in the gap just as soon as we can.

ACT
Ryan Furiness

COVID Is Still A Thing. You Still Need SAT/ACT Scores. Now What?

Enough time has passed since the beginning of the COVID pandemic that a new wave of students is making plans to prepare for and take the ACT or SAT. In this post, I’ll lay out some of the main messages that I’ve been giving to my students over the past year – sort of a ‘2021 COVID Testing Primer’. Let’s get started.

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College Funding Tools
ACT
Ryan Furiness

Numbers, So Many Numbers: ACT Scoring Charts & Scales

Scoring on the ACT is a topic that’s both complicated and extremely important (which is why this is my third blog post that covers it). Understanding how ACT scoring charts work and why they differ from test to test can help you approach test day with fully open eyes, so let’s take a look.

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Admissions
Ryan Furiness

College Board cancels Subject Tests; millions rejoice

Despite the hopes of many, all of the world’s problems were not immediately solved when the calendar flipped from 2020 to 2021. It’s fair to say, however, that signs point to the fact that things are at least heading in a more encouraging direction: College Board has announced that Subject Tests are finally dead.

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essential test prep strategies
ACT
Ryan Furiness

ACT Testing Accommodations: An Intro

The ACT offers an array of options for students who qualify for testing accommodations. In this post, we’ll run through some of the most common accommodations on the ACT and then go over how to apply for them. Let’s dive in.

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ACT
Ryan Furiness

2020-2021 ACT Test Dates: A Scheduling Overview

You can be as prepared for the ACT as you want, but none of it will matter if you don’t show up at the test center on the right day. In this post, we’ll lay out the schedule of remaining 2020-2021 ACT test dates and registration deadlines. It might not be that interesting, but it’s definitely important.

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ACT
Ryan Furiness

ACT Superscoring: What Is It and Do Schools Use It?

One of the questions that students most commonly ask me is “Is the ACT superscored?” The short answer? Yes. The full answer is a bit more complicated, though. In this post, we’re going to dive a little deeper into the question of how ACT superscoring actually works. Buckle up.

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AP Chemistry Exam Prep
ACT
Ryan Furiness

Strategies for ACT Science: How to Dismantle the Section

Getting a good score on the ACT Science section means understanding how to answer the questions while reading as little as possible to ensure that you can finish within the challenging time limit. Here are some of the best strategies for how to approach the ACT Science section.

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AP Biology Exam Prep
ACT
Ryan Furiness

An Overview of What’s Tested on the ACT Science Section

If you thought it was weird that the ACT contains a Reading section that doesn’t give you enough time to read, you’re going to love the Science section that doesn’t actually test science knowledge! We’re back at it with a summary of what’s on the ACT Science section.

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Map Growth Assessment Test Prep
ACT
Ryan Furiness

Strategies for ACT Reading: How to Vanquish the Section

Part of the shortcut to getting a good score on the ACT Reading section is understanding how to balance taking the time to find all the necessary information in the passage with moving quickly enough to finish within the challenging time limit. Read on for some of the best strategies to approach the ACT Reading section.

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