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

    • Monday July 26th - General Strategy 1: To Guess Or Not To Guess?

    • Monday July 26th - General Strategy 2: Think With Your Brain, Remember With Your Pencil

    • Tuesday July 27th - General Strategy 3: When 2 Answers Are Equal, Eliminate Both!

    • Tuesday July 27th - General Strategy 4: Change How You Take The Test

    • Wednesday July 28th - General Strategy 5: Finish On Time

    • Wednesday July 28th - General Strategy 6: Skip Problems and Return

    • Thursday July 29th - General Strategy 7: Review Wrong Answers

    • Thursday July 29th - General Strategy 8: Don't Be Brilliant. Just Be Right.

    • Friday July 30th - General Strategy 9: Prior To Test Day

    • Friday July 30th - General Strategy 10: What To Bring On Test Day

  • 4

    English Strategies

    • English Section Introduction

    • Tuesday May 31st - English Lesson 1 - Wordiness

    • Wednesday June 1st - English Lesson 2 - Improper Pronouns

    • Thursday June 2nd - English Lesson 3 - Unidentified Pronouns

    • Thursday June 2nd - English Lesson 4 - Ignore Prepositional Phrases and Fluff

    • Friday June 3rd - English Lesson 5 - Verb Tense

    • Saturday June 4th - English Lesson 6 - Parallelism

    • Monday June 6th - English Lesson 7 - Bad Words

    • Monday June 6th - English Lesson 8 - Singular/Plural Disagreement

    • Tuesday June 7th - English Lesson 9 - Modifier Errors

    • Tuesday June 7th - English Lesson 10 - Idioms

    • Wednesday June 8th - English Lesson 11 - Transitions

    • Wednesday June 8th - English Lesson 12 - Beware of "ING"

    • Thursday June 9th - English Lesson 13 - Adjectives/Adverbs

    • Thursday June 9th - English Lesson 14 - Comparisons

    • Friday June 10th - English Lesson 15 - Passive Voice

    • Friday June 10th - English Lesson 16 - Punctuation

    • Saturday June 11th - English Lesson 17 - Unique Words

    • Saturday June 11th - English Lesson 18 - Non-Grammar

  • 5

    Summer Test Walkthrough: English Section

    • Tuesday May 31st - English Section: 1-7

    • Wednesday June 1st - English Section: 8-15

    • Thursday June 2nd - English Section: 16-22

    • Friday June 3rd - English Section: 23-30

    • Saturday June 4th - English Section: 31 - 37

    • Monday June 6th - English Section: 38 - 45

    • Tuesday June 7th - English Section: 46 - 52

    • Wednesday June 8th - English Section: 53 - 60

    • Thursday June 9th - English Section: 61 - 68

    • Friday June 10th - English Section: 69 - 75

  • 6

    Math Strategies

    • Math Section Introduction

    • Tuesday June 14th - Math Introduction Video

    • Tuesday June 14th - Math Lesson 1 - Confirm the Question

    • Wednesday June 15th - Math Lesson 2 - Use Calculator Carefully

    • Wednesday June 15th - Math Lesson 3 - Show Your Work

    • Thursday June 16th - Math Lesson 4 - Order of Difficulty

    • Thursday June 16th - Math Lesson 5 - Double Check Your Work

    • Friday June 17th - Math Lesson 6 - Pick Numbers

    • Friday June 17th - Math Lesson 7 - Backsolve

    • Saturday June 18th - Math Lesson 8 - Find a Pattern

    • Saturday June 18th - Math Lesson 9 - Label Given Info

    • Monday June 20th - Math Lesson 10 - Take the First Step

    • Monday June 20th - Math Lesson 11 - Angles

    • Tuesday June 21st - Math Lesson 12 - Triangles

    • Tuesday June 21st - Math Lesson 13 - Circles

    • Wednesday June 22nd - Math Lesson 14 - Graphs

    • Wednesday June 22nd - Math Lesson 15 - Draw Figures

    • Thursday June 23rd - Math Lesson 16 - Ratios and Proportions

    • Thursday June 23rd - Math Lesson 17 - Memorize Formulas

    • Friday June 24th - Math Lesson 18 - Trigonometry

    • Friday June 24th - Math Lesson 19 - Alter Figures

    • Saturday June 25th - Math Lesson 20 - Forget Distance and Midpoint Formulas

    • Saturday June 25th - Math Lesson 21 - Probability, Permutations & Combinations

    • Monday June 27th - Math Lesson 22 - Math Vocab

    • Monday June 27th - Math Lesson 23 - Matrices

    • Monday June 27th - Math Lesson 24 - Logarithms

  • 7

    Summer Test Walkthrough : Math Section

    • Tuesday June 14th - Math Section: 1 - 5

    • Wednesday June 15th - Math Section: 6 - 10

    • Thursday June 16th - Math Section: 11 - 15

    • Friday June 17th - Math Section: 16 - 20

    • Saturday June 18th - Math Section: 21 - 25

    • Monday June 20th - Math Section: 26 - 30

    • Tuesday June 21st - Math Section: 31 - 35

    • Wednesday June 22nd - Math Section: 36 - 40

    • Thursday June 23rd - Math Section: 41 - 45

    • Friday June 24th - Math Section: 46 - 50

    • Saturday June 25th - Math Section: 51 - 55

    • Monday June 27th - Math Section: 56 - 60

  • 8

    Reading Strategies

    • Reading Section Introduction

    • Wednesday June 30th - Reading Introduction Video

    • Wednesday June 30th - Reading Lesson 1 - Write Down Main Idea

    • Thursday July 1st - Reading Lesson 2 - Yes. Actually Read The Passage

    • Thursday July 1st - Reading Lesson 3 - Predict Before You Peek

    • Friday July 2nd - Reading Lesson 4 - Read Actively

    • Friday July 2nd - Reading Lesson 5 - Make a Passage Map

    • Saturday July 3rd - Reading Lesson 6 - Don't Rationalize Mediocre Answers

    • Saturday July 3rd - Reading Lesson 7 - Fire Them!

    • Monday July 5th - Reading Lesson 8 - Avoid Assumptions

    • Monday July 5th - Reading Lesson 9 - Touch the Right Answer

    • Tuesday July 6th - Reading Lesson 10 - Avoid Word for Word

    • Tuesday July 6th - Reading Lesson 11 - Nitpick Every Word

    • Wednesday July 7th - Reading Lesson 12 - Choose Vague Answers Over Detailed Answers

    • Wednesday July 7th - Reading Lesson 13 - Eliminate Wrong Answers

    • Thursday July 8th - Reading Lesson 14 - Specifics for Each Type of Passage

    • Thursday July 8th - Reading Lesson 15 - Comparison Passages

    • Friday July 9th - Reading Lesson 16 - 5 Reading Traps

  • 9

    Summer Test Walkthrough : Reading Section

    • Wednesday June 30th - Reading Section: 1 - 3

    • Thursday July 1st - Reading Section: 4 - 6

    • Friday July 2nd - Reading Section: 7 - 10

    • Saturday July 3rd - Reading Section: 11 - 15

    • Monday July 5th - Reading Section: 16 - 20

    • Tuesday July 6th - Reading Section: 21 - 23

    • Wednesday July 7th - Reading Section: 24 - 30

    • Thursday July 8th - Reading Section: 31 - 35

    • Friday July 9th - Reading Section: 36 - 40

  • 10

    Science Strategies

    • Science Section Introduction

    • Monday July 12th - Science Lesson 1 - Introduction

    • Tuesday July 13th - Science Lesson 2 - Format

    • Wednesday July 14th - Science Lesson 3 - Approach

    • Thursday July 15th - Science Lesson 4 - Point Breakdown

    • Thursday July 15th - Science Lesson 5 - Figure Interpretation

    • Friday July 16th - Science Lesson 6 - Patterns

    • Friday July 16th - Science Lesson 7 - Scientific Reasoning

    • Saturday July 17th - Science Lesson 8 - Review

  • 11

    Summer Test Walkthrough : Science Section

    • Monday July 12th - Science Section: 1 - 7

    • Tuesday July 13th - Science Section: 8 - 14

    • Wednesday July 14th - Science Section: 15 - 20

    • Thursday July 15th - Science Section: 21 - 26

    • Friday July 16th - Science Section: 27 - 33

    • Saturday July 17th - Science Section: 34 - 40

  • 12

    Essay Strategies

    • Essay Section Introduction

    • Tuesday July 20th - Essay Lesson 1 - General Info

    • Tuesday July 20th - Essay Lesson 2 - Scoring

    • Tuesday July 20th - Essay Lesson 3 - Read Instructions Beforehand

    • Wednesday July 21st - Essay Lesson 4 - Pick a Side

    • Wednesday July 21st - Essay Lesson 5 - Quick Outline

    • Wednesday July 21st - Essay Lesson 6 - Target Your Audience

    • Thursday July 22nd - Essay Lesson 7 - Organization

    • Thursday July 22nd - Essay Lesson 8 - Vocab

    • Thursday July 22nd - Essay Lesson 9 - Write a Ton

    • Friday July 23rd - Essay Lesson 10 - Topic Sentences

    • Friday July 23rd - Essay Lesson 11 - Transitions

    • Friday July 23rd - Essay Lesson 12 - Avoid Personal Pronouns & Stories

    • Saturday July 24th - Essay Lesson 13 - Write an Essay Template

  • 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

    • 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 - 7

    • Science Section: 8 - 14

    • Science Section: 15 - 20

    • Science Section: 21 - 27

    • Science Section: 28 - 34

    • Science Section: 35 - 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 - 12

    • Science Section: 13 - 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: 14-19

    • Science Section: 20-26

    • Science Section: 27-33

    • Science Section: 34-40

  • 17

    Full Test Walkthrough 4

    • 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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