ACT® Prep Plan: Week 5 – Math & Reading

Let’s add on 18 more points in both the ACT® math and ACT® reading sections! This week’s strategic focus includes:

ACT® Math:

  • Plane Geometry – 7 points
  • Coordinate Geometry – 6 points
  • Operations – 3 points
  • Logic & Sequences – 2 points

ACT® Reading:

  • Social Science – 9 points
  • Humanities – 9 points

After you watch both videos, be sure to complete your ACT® math and reading practice for this week. Options for Week 5 practice include:

  • Completing the following segments in your Grockit ACT® Study Plan:
    • ACT® Math (segments 8-15):
      • Exponents & Roots
      • Linear Equations
      • Quadratics
      • Logarithms & Complex Numbers
      • Word Problems
      • Polygons & Geometric Figures
      • Coordinate Geometry
      • Properties of Quadrilaterals
    • ACT® Reading (middle segments):
      • Humanities
      • Social Studies
  • Joining in pre-scheduled group games
  • Creating your own group games
  • The Real ACT Prep Guide:
    • ACT® Math – questions 31-50 in three separate practice tests
    • ACT® Reading – questions 11-20 (Social Science) & 21-30 (Humanities) in three separate practice tests

Have fun earning points!!!


The 3 Forgotten GMAT Sentence Corrections

GMAT Sentence Correction Subjunctive Possessive Split Infinitive

You may feel confident with the most commonly tested grammar rules on the GMAT Sentence Corrections – subject-verb agreement, verb tense, pronoun reference, pronoun number, misplaced modifiers, parallelism, idioms, false comparisons, and quantities. It’s hard to imagine any other grammar rules that could possibly be tested, but you can bet the GMAT test writers are pretty exhaustive. Here are four grammar rules that don’t receive as much attention; you’ll need to master these if you’re going for a top score.

1. Subjunctive Mood

You won’t see the subjunctive mood tested on college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT; it’s purposely reserved for the GMAT for good reason. Most of the English verbs we use are in the indicative mood – that is, verbs that have happened, are happening, or will happen. The subjunctive mood is used to express wishes or possibilities that have not happened.

The most common subjunctive verb that you might encounter is were, the subjunctive form of was.

Example 1: If he were athletic, he could make the football team. (He is not actually athletic, so the verb communicates an idea that does not really exist).

Notice that “If he was athletic…” would be incorrect, even though you may not recognize such an error in speech or writing.

Example 2: The teacher requires that you be present on the final day of class.

The indicative conjugation would be “you are present,” but since “requires” triggers the subjunctive mood, we use be.

Example 3: She recommended that each student bring his or her homework every day.

The indicative conjugation would be “each student brings,” but since ‘recommended’ triggers the subjunctive, we use bring.

Notice that these verbs are often followed by subjunctive clauses:

Ask, demand, insist, order, prefer, recommend, request, require, suggest, wish

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ACT® Prep Plan: Week 4 – English

Get ready to earn more points in the ACT® English section!

We’re using the ACT® English recommended approach with a strategic focus on four key categories:

  • Connections – 7 points
  • Verb Tenses – 6 points
  • Wordiness – 5 points
  • Punctuation – 5 points

After you watch the Week 4 instructional video, be sure to complete your ACT® math practice for this week. Options for Week 4 practice include:

Go get those points!


ACT® Prep Plan: Week 3 – Science

Get ready to tackle 30 of the 36 total points you can earn in the ACT® science section. You will have 3 Research Summaries and 3 Data Representation passages on test day, so understanding how to approach these passage types is essential to scoring well.


  • Includes a set of experiments
  • Focus on the:
    • Purpose – what are the researchers testing?
    • Method – how are the experiments set up?
    • Results – what did the researchers find?


  • Presents written information as well as data in tables and/or graphs
  • Focus on the:
    • Purpose – what are the researchers testing?
    • Method – how are the experiments set up?
    • Results – what did the researchers find?

After you watch both the Week 3, Part 1 and Week 3, Part 2 videos be sure to complete your ACT® science practice for this week. Options for Week 3 practice include:

Happy studying!


SAT vs. ACT: Which one should you take?

Take a 5-minute quiz and find out which test is right for you!

In general, the SAT® is a good option for students who can use logical reasoning to answer questions. Each section is 25 minutes or less, so you don’t have to pay attention for super-long stretches of time. The pace of the SAT® reading section is much more manageable than the pace of the ACT® reading section and contains short passages as well as sentence completion questions.

What kind of score will you need on the SAT? Find out:

It’s helpful to know that the ACT® is great for students who can put the time and effort into studying for this test. The ACT® is designed to be straightforward and approachable. You want to practice your time management in the reading and science sections, since they require you to move quickly, but there is no wrong answer penalty. You can put down an answer to every single question even if it’s a complete guess.

Want to try it out? Take a mini-ACT diagnostic:

GRE® Vocab: Use Context to Define the Top 52 Words

You will see GRE® vocabulary on test day in a variety of ways. Your verbal score is generated from your answers to 40 questions that are split up among two separate sections of 20 questions each. You will have 30 minutes to complete each section, so be ready to tackle Sentence Equivalence, Text Completion, and Reading Comprehension questions.

Knowing how to decipher difficult vocabulary by using the context is extremely helpful in maximizing your GRE® verbal score. See if you can figure out the definitions of the Top 52 GRE® vocabulary words using the sentences below. To check your predictions with exact definitions, you can hop over to this blog post.

  1. The student’s poor performance on the latest test was an anomaly since she had previously earned excellent grades.
  2. Politicians have been known to provide equivocal answers to reporters’ questions.
  3. The lecture was lucid and straightforward, allowing the students to fully grasp the concepts presented.
  4. Unforeseen costs can precipitate a budget crisis.
  5. A massage can assuage the soreness in your muscles.
  6. High school students often struggle with novels that are more erudite than they are entertaining.
  7. Medical jargon includes many opaque terms like macrosomic, which describes a newborn who weights more than 4,000 grams.
  8. The prodigal prince bought lavish gifts and planned expensive events.
  9. Scientists continue to research cancer to solve the enigma of its primary cause, which will hopefully lead to a cure.
  10. The child showed a fervid fascination for superheroes, pouring over comic books for hours. Read more

GRE® Vocab: Top 52 Words DEFINED

Increase your GRE® verbal score with the famous Top 52! Prefer to study using context? Check out this blog post.

  1. anomaly – adj. – something that is unusual or unexpected
  2. equivocal – adj. – not easily understood or explained
  3. lucid – adj. – very clear and easy to understand
  4. precipitate – verb – to cause (something) to happen quickly or suddenly
  5. assuage – verb – to make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense
  6. erudite – adj. – having or showing great knowledge
  7. opaque – adj. -  not able to be seen through; not easily understood
  8. prodigal – adj. – wastefully extravagant
  9. enigma – noun – a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand
  10. fervid – adj. – intensely enthusiastic or passionate Read more

ACT® Prep Plan: Week 2 – Reading

Take charge of your ACT® reading score! Prose Fiction and Natural Sciences are the best passages to tackle first since they have unique characteristics. Social Studies and Humanities passages both have straightforward structures and often discuss familiar topics. Prose Fiction and Natural Sciences passages, on the other hand, have very specific differences.


  • What makes this passage type unique?
    • No thesis
    • Emphasis on characters and feelings
    • Very few relevant details
  • When reading, focus on:
    • Characters
    • Feelings and relationships
    • Author’s tone and purpose


  • What makes this passage type unique?
    • Technical terms
    • Unfamiliar topics
  • When reading, focus on:
    • Summarizing each paragraph
    • Keywords
    • Overall structure rather than details

After you watch the Week 2 instructional video, be sure to complete your ACT® reading practice for this week. Options for Week 2 practice include:

Happy studying!