Course Description





Why Hacking the ACT

You will spend over 4,000 hours of your life sitting in a classroom working towards your high school GPA, while the ACT is only a 4 hour test. 4,000 hours vs. 4 hours. And as crazy as it sounds, most colleges weight these two things almost evenly! Colleges put so much emphasis on test-taking skills, which is unfair to students who don't test well. I always tell my students that there's nothing that I can do about the fact that the system is unfair, so it's my job to make sure it is unfair in your advantage.

Some will tell you that as long as you work hard in school you will succeed on the ACT. This isn't necessarily the case. If you've already taken your first ACT, you know that a lot of the material wasn't anything you've covered in class and that the test writers purposefully include tricks to guide you towards the wrong answers.


You actually can master the ACT with the right strategies and enough practice. With this course led by Ryan Fitzgibbons, you are guaranteed to improve your score!

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The Course

The ACT may try to dazzle you with confusing problems. I will not. This course will equip you with the tools needed to breakdown the ACT into easy to understand strategies and methods. Some of you may have attended one of my live courses or weekend camps. This program is a perfect supplement to review and prepare for your upcoming test day.

If you have not attended one of my live courses, don't worry! This online course includes every one of my strategies for being fully prepared for this four hour testing taking event that, for some reason, colleges think they can measure your worth as a human being and potential college applicant. Let's play the game and get you closer to the top of that pile.

Each of the courses offered includes all the same material, practice tests, videos and information. The only difference is the suggested timing to make sure you are prepared for the test day. Video presentations will walk you through each strategy for English, Math, Reading, Science, and Essay sections along with general overall tips.

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The Videos

A lot of college bound students who usually get good grades are surprised how different the ACT is from the normal subjects taught in high school.  During our live weekend boot camps, we tackle the test section by section.  This online program includes each of these strategies in video form to allow you to move at your own pace.  The strategies are clear, concise, and easy to follow.  As an example, here are some fun & effective strategies, one from each section of the test. 

 English: Ignore Prepositional Phrases and Fluff


 Math: Pick Numbers 

Reading: Predict Before You Sneak a Peek

Science: Point Breakdown

Essay: Write a Ton


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Our 100% Guarantee

I know this course will help you improve your ACT test score and I guarantee it. If your official test score does not improve, then I will refund you the full amount you paid for this course. It is that easy.

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The Instructor

Hi! I’m Ryan Fitzgibbons, founder of Hacking The SATs. Ironically, I was a terrible student in high school. My GPA was so low that college admissions counselors actually laughed at me. Then I got my SAT and ACT scores back. And suddenly the Ivy League started calling. So was that fair? Not really. But it taught me the importance of playing the game, how much colleges care about a silly Saturday morning test, and how little things like test-taking strategies can alter the trajectory of a student’s life.

Many students tell me my resume first encouraged them to take my course, but it was how much I care that caused them to refer their friends, family, and younger siblings. While the headlines sound fancy:

  • Mensa Member
  • Perfect score on the SAT
  • 99th percentile on the ACT
  • Completed Bachelor's Degree at BYU in just 2 years
  • Students received a total of 6 million dollars in college scholarships last year alone

That’s not what makes a good instructor. I believe most of my referrals come from the fact that I lose more sleep anxiously awaiting my students’ test results than they do.

Over a decade ago, I discovered my passion for tutoring and preparing students to beat the SAT and ACT. I taught for Kaplan for many years as one of their top instructors, did private tutoring, and taught test prep courses. With each of my live courses booking out in advance it seemed the best way to reach as many people as possible was to offer all of my tips, tricks and strategies in an engaging, easy to follow video instruction guide. I want you to succeed and I know that by going through this online course, you will dramatically improve your SAT score. Join me and have your story be our next success story.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome!

    • Intro Survey

    • Course Schedule

  • 2

    Practice Tests and Materials

    • ACT Practice Test 1

    • ACT Practice Test 2

    • ACT Practice Test 3

    • ACT Practice Test 4

    • ACT Practice Test 5

  • 3

    General Strategies

    • General Strategy Introduction

    • General Strategy 1

    • General Strategy 2

    • General Strategy 3

    • General Strategy 4

    • General Strategy 5

    • General Strategy 6

    • General Strategy 7

    • General Strategy 8

    • General Strategy 9

    • General Strategy 10

  • 4

    English Strategies

    • English Section Introduction

    • English Lesson 1 - Wordiness

    • English Lesson 2 - Improper Pronouns

    • English Lesson 3 - Unidentified Pronouns

    • English Lesson 4 - Ignore Prepositional Phrases and Fluff

    • English Lesson 5 - Verb Tense

    • English Lesson 6 - Parallelism

    • English Lesson 7 - Bad Words

    • English Lesson 8 - Singular/Plural Disagreement

    • English Lesson 9 - Modifier Errors

    • English Lesson 10 - Idioms

    • English Lesson 11 - Transitions

    • English Lesson 12 - Beware of "ING"

    • English Lesson 13 - Adjectives/Adverbs

    • English Lesson 14 - Comparisons

    • English Lesson 15 - Passive Voice

    • English Lesson 16 - Punctuation

    • English Lesson 17 - Unique Words

    • English Lesson 18 - Non-Grammar

  • 5

    Full Test Review: English Section

    • English Section 1 - 15

    • English Section 16 - 30

    • English Section 31 - 45

    • English Section 46 - 60

    • English Section 61 - 75

  • 6

    Math Strategies

    • Math Section Introduction

    • Math Introduction Video

    • Math Lesson 1 - Confirm the Question

    • Math Lesson 2 - Use Calculator Carefully

    • Math Lesson 3 - Show Your Work

    • Math Lesson 4 - Order of Difficulty

    • Math Lesson 5 - Double Check Your Work

    • Math Lesson 6 - Pick Numbers

    • Math Lesson 7 - Backsolve

    • Math Lesson 8 - Find a Pattern

    • Math Lesson 9 - Label Given Info

    • Math Lesson 10 - Take the First Step

    • Math Lesson 11 - Angles

    • Math Lesson 12 - Triangles

    • Math Lesson 13 - Circles

    • Math Lesson 14 - Graphs

    • Math Lesson 15 - Draw Figures

    • Math Lesson 16 - Ratios and Proportions

    • Math Lesson 17 - Memorize Formulas

    • Math Lesson 18 - Trigonometry

    • Math Lesson 19 - Alter Figures

    • Math Lesson 20 - Forget Distance and Midpoint Formulas

    • Math Lesson 21 - Probability, Permutations & Combinations

    • Math Lesson 22 - Math Vocab

    • Math Lesson 23 - Matrices

    • Math Lesson 24 - Logarithms

  • 7

    Full Test Review: Math Section

    • Math Section 1 - 10

    • Math Section 11 - 20

    • Math Section 21 - 30

    • Math Section 31 - 40

    • Math Section 41 - 50

    • Math Section 51 - 60

  • 8

    Reading Strategies

    • Reading Section Introduction

    • Reading Introduction Video

    • Reading Lesson 1 - Write Down Main Idea

    • Reading Lesson 2 - Yes. Actually Read The Passage

    • Reading Lesson 3 - Predict Before You Peek

    • Reading Lesson 4 - Read Actively

    • Reading Lesson 5 - Make a Passage Map

    • Reading Lesson 6 - Don't Rationalize Mediocre Answers

    • Reading Lesson 7 - Fire Them!

    • Reading Lesson 8 - Avoid Assumptions

    • Reading Lesson 9 - Touch the Right Answer

    • Reading Lesson 10 - Avoid Word for Word

    • Reading Lesson 11 - Nitpick Every Word

    • Reading Lesson 12 - Choose Vague Answers Over Detailed Answers

    • Reading Lesson 13 - Eliminate Wrong Answers

    • Reading Lesson 14 - Specifics for Each Type of Passage

    • Reading Lesson 15 - Comparison Passages

    • Reading Lesson 16 - 5 Reading Traps

  • 9

    Full Test Review: Reading Section

    • Reading Section: 1 - 10

    • Reading Section: 11 - 20

    • Reading Section: 21 - 30

    • Reading Section: 31 - 40

  • 10

    Science Strategies

    • Science Section Introduction

    • Science Lesson 1 - Introduction

    • Science Lesson 2 - Format

    • Science Lesson 3 - Approach

    • Science Lesson 4 - Point Breakdown

    • Science Lesson 5 - Figure Interpretation

    • Science Lesson 6 - Patterns

    • Science Lesson 7 - Scientific Reasoning

    • Science Lesson 8 - Review

  • 11

    Full Test Review: Science Section

    • Science Section: 1 - 7

    • Science Section: 8 - 14

    • Science Section: 15 - 22

    • Science Section: 21 - 27

    • Science Section: 28 - 34

    • Science Section: 35 - 40

  • 12

    Essay Strategies

    • Essay Section Introduction

    • Essay Lesson 1

    • Essay Lesson 2

    • Essay Lesson 3

    • Essay Lesson 4

    • Essay Lesson 5

    • Essay Lesson 6

    • Essay Lesson 7

    • Essay Lesson 8

    • Essay Lesson 9

    • Essay Lesson 10

    • Essay Lesson 11

    • Essay Lesson 12

    • Essay Lesson 13

  • 13

    Review

    • Review Section Introduction

    • End of Course Survey

  • 14

    Full Test Walkthrough 1

    • English Section 1 - 15

    • English Section 16 - 30

    • English Section 31 - 45

    • English Section 46 - 60

    • English Section 61 - 75

    • Math Section 1 - 10

    • Math Section 11 - 20

    • Math Section 21 - 30

    • Math Section 31 - 40

    • Math Section 41 - 50

    • Math Section 51 - 60

    • Reading Section: 1 - 10

    • Reading Section: 11 - 20

    • Reading Section: 21 - 30

    • Reading Section: 31 - 40

    • Science Section: 1 - 6

    • Science Section: 7 - 12

    • Science Section: 13 - 19

    • Science Section: 20 - 26

    • Science Section: 27 - 33

    • Science Section: 34 - 40

  • 15

    Full Test Walkthrough 2

    • English Section: 1 - 15

    • English Section: 16 - 30

    • English Section: 31 - 45

    • English Section: 46 - 60

    • English Section: 61 - 75

    • Math Section: 1 - 10

    • Math Section: 11 - 20

    • Math Section: 21 - 30

    • Math Section: 31 - 40

    • Math Section: 41 - 50

    • Math Section: 51 - 60

    • Reading Section: 1 - 10

    • Reading Section: 11 - 20

    • Reading Section: 21 - 30

    • Reading Section: 31 - 40

    • Science Section: 1-6

    • Science Section: 7-13

    • Science Section: 14-19

    • Science Section: 20-26

    • Science Section: 27-33

    • Science Section: 34-40

  • 16

    Full Test Walkthrough 3

    • English Section: 1 - 15

    • English Section: 16 - 30

    • English Section: 31 - 45

    • English Section: 46 - 60

    • English Section: 61 - 75

    • Math Section: 1 - 10

    • Math Section: 11 - 20

    • Math Section: 21 - 30

    • Math Section: 31 - 40

    • Math Section: 41 - 50

    • Math Section: 51 - 60

    • Reading Section: 1 - 10

    • Reading Section: 11 - 20

    • Reading Section: 21 - 30

    • Reading Section: 31 - 40

    • Science Section: 1 - 6

    • Science Section: 7 - 13

    • Science Section: 14 - 20

    • Science Section: 21 - 26

    • Science Section: 27 - 33

    • Science Section: 34 - 40

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