Course Description

Ryan Fitzgibbons

Hi! I’m Ryan Fitzgibbons, founder of Hacking The ACT. 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 MemberPerfect score on the SAT99th percentile on the ACTCompleted 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 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 ACT 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

    • SAT Practice Test 1 - Questions

    • SAT Practice Test 1 - Explanations

    • SAT Practice Test 2 - Questions

    • SAT Practice Test 2 - Explanations

    • SAT Practice Test 3 - Questions

    • SAT Practice Test 3 - Explanations

    • SAT Practice Test 3 - Scoring Guide

    • SAT Practice Test 4 - Questions

    • SAT Practice Test 4 - Explanations

    • SAT Practice Test 4 - Scoring

    • SAT Practice Test 5 - Questions

    • SAT Practice Test 5 - Explanations

    • SAT Practice Test 5 - Scoring

  • 3

    General Strategies

    • General Strategy: Introduction

    • Monday July 12th - General Strategy 1: To Guess or Not To Guess?

    • Tuesday July 13th - General Strategy 2: Think With Your Brain, Remember With Your Pencil

    • Wednesday July 14th - General Strategy 3: When Two Answers are Equal, Get Rid of Both of Them!

    • Friday July 16th - General Strategy 4: Change How You Take The Test

    • Saturday July 17th - General Strategy 5: Finish On Time

    • Tuesday July 20th - General Strategy 6: Skip Problems and Return

    • Wednesday July 21st - General Strategy 7: Review Wrong Answers

    • Friday July 23rd - General Strategy 8: Don't Be Brilliant. Just Be Right.

    • Saturday July 24th - General Strategy 9: Scantrons

    • Saturday July 24th - General Strategy 10: Scoring

    • Monday July 26th - General Strategy 11: Prior To Test Day

    • Monday July 26th - General Strategy 12: What To Bring On Test Day

  • 4

    Reading Strategies

    • Reading Section Introduction

    • Tuesday May 31st - Reading Strategy: Overview

    • Tuesday May 31st - Reading Strategy 1: Write Down Main Idea

    • Wednesday June 1st - Reading Strategy 2: Yes. Actually Read The Passage

    • Wednesday June 1st - Reading Strategy 3: Predict Before You Peek

    • Thursday June 2nd - Reading Strategy 4: Read Actively

    • Thursday June 2nd - Reading Strategy 5: Don't Rationalize Mediocre Answers

    • Thursday June 2nd - Reading Strategy 6: Fire Them!

    • Friday June 3rd - Reading Strategy 7: Never Assume

    • Friday June 3rd - Reading Strategy 8: Touch the Right Answer

    • Friday June 3rd - Reading Strategy 9: Question Wording

    • Saturday June 4th - Reading Strategy 10: Beware of Word for Word

    • Saturday June 4th - Reading Strategy 11: Nitpick Every Word

    • Saturday June 4th - Reading Strategy 12: Broad Answers Over Specific

    • Monday June 6th - Reading Strategy 13: Work Backwards if Needed

    • Monday June 6th - Reading Strategy 14: Command of Evidence Questions

    • Monday June 6th - Reading Strategy 15: Vocab in Context

    • Tuesday June 7th - Reading Strategy 16: Function

    • Tuesday June 7th - Reading Strategy 17: Inference

    • Tuesday June 7th - Reading Strategy 18: Infographics

    • Wednesday June 8th - Reading Strategy 19: Paired Passage

    • Wednesday June 8th - Reading Strategy 20: Detail Questions

    • Wednesday June 8th - Reading Strategy 21: Generalization

    • Thursday June 9th - Reading Strategy 22: Connections

    • Thursday June 9th - Reading Strategy 23: Specifics for Each Type of Passage - Literature

    • Thursday June 9th - Reading Strategy 24: Social Studies/History

    • Friday June 10th - Reading Strategy 25: Science

    • Friday June 10th - Reading Strategy 26: Trap 1. EXTREME

    • Friday June 10th - Reading Strategy 27: Trap 2. OPPOSITE

    • Saturday June 11th - Reading Strategy 28: Trap 3. MISUSED TRUTH

    • Saturday June 11th - Reading Strategy 29: Trap 4. DISTORTION

    • Saturday June 11th - Reading Strategy 30: TRAP 5. OFF THE PAGE

  • 5

    Summer Test Walkthrough: Reading Section

    • Tuesday May 31st - Reading Section Passage 1: 1 - 5

    • Wednesday June 1st - Reading Section Passage 1: 6 -10

    • Thursday June 2nd - Reading Section Passage 2: 11 - 15

    • Friday June 3rd - Reading Section Passage 2: 16 - 21

    • Saturday June 4th - Reading Section Passage 3: 22 - 26

    • Monday June 6th - Reading Section Passage 3: 27 - 32

    • Tuesday June 7th - Reading Section Passage 4: 33 - 37

    • Wednesday June 8th - Reading Section Passage 4: 38 - 42

    • Thursday June 9th - Reading Section Passage 5: 43 - 47

    • Friday June 10th - Reading Section Passage 5: 48 - 52

  • 6

    Full Test Review: Reading Section

    • Reading Section Passage 1: 1 - 10

    • Reading Section Passage 2: 11 - 21

    • Reading Section Passage 3: 22 - 31

    • Reading Section Passage 4: 32 - 41

    • Reading Section Passage 5: 42 - 52

  • 7

    Writing Strategies

    • Writing Section Introduction

    • Wednesday June 30th - Writing Strategy: Overview

    • Wednesday June 30th - Writing Strategy 1: Wordiness

    • Thursday July 1st - Writing Strategy 2: Improper Pronouns

    • Thursday July 1st - Writing Strategy 3: Unidentified Pronouns

    • Thursday July 1st - Writing Strategy 4: Ignore Prep Phrases and Fluff Between Commas

    • Friday July 2nd - Writing Strategy 5: Verb Tense

    • Friday July 2nd - Writing Strategy 6: Parallelism

    • Friday July 2nd - Writing Strategy 7: Sentences vs. Fragments

    • Saturday July 3rd - Writing Strategy 8: Singular/Plural Disagreement

    • Saturday July 3rd - Writing Strategy 9: Modifier Errors

    • Saturday July 3rd - Writing Strategy 10: Idioms/Word Choice

    • Monday July 5th - Writing Strategy 11: Transitions

    • Monday July 5th - Writing Strategy 12: Adjectives/Adverbs

    • Monday July 5th - Writing Strategy 13: Comparisons

    • Tuesday July 6th - Writing Strategy 14: Passive Voice

    • Tuesday July 6th - Writing Strategy 15: Punctuation

    • Tuesday July 6th - Writing Strategy 16: Unique Words

    • Wednesday July 7th - Writing Strategy 17: Big Picture

    • Wednesday July 7th - Writing Strategy 18: Consistency

    • Wednesday July 7th - Writing Strategy 19: Science Questions

    • Thursday July 8th - Writing Strategy 20: Ordering Sentences/Paragraphs

    • Thursday July 8th - Writing Strategy 21: Read the Title!

    • Thursday July 8th - Writing Strategy 22: Big Picture Examples

  • 8

    Summer Test Walkthrough: Writing Section

    • Wednesday June 30th - Writing Section Passage 1: 1 - 5

    • Thursday July 1st - Writing Section Passage 1: 6 - 11

    • Friday July 2nd - Writing Section Passage 2: 12 - 17

    • Saturday July 3rd - Writing Section Passage 2: 18 - 22

    • Monday July 5th - Writing Section Passage 3: 23 - 27

    • Tuesday July 6th - Writing Section Passage 3: 28 - 33

    • Wednesday July 7th - Writing Section Passage 4: 34 - 39

    • Thursday July 8th - Writing Section Passage 4: 40-44

  • 9

    Full Test Review: Writing Section

    • Writing Section Passage 1: 1 - 11

    • Writing Section Passage 2: 12 - 22

    • Writing Section Passage 3: 23 - 33

    • Writing Section Passage 4: 34 - 44

  • 10

    Math Strategies

    • Math Section Introduction

    • Tuesday June 14th - Math Strategy: Overview

    • Wednesday June 15th - Math Strategy 1: Confirm the Question

    • Wednesday June 15th - Math Strategy 2: Use Calculator Carefully

    • Wednesday June 15th - Math Strategy 3: Show Your Work

    • Thursday June 16th - Math Strategy 4: Order of Difficulty

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

    • Thursday June 16th - Math Strategy 6: Pick Numbers

    • Friday June 17th - Math Strategy 7: Backsolve

    • Friday June 17th - Math Strategy 8: Take the First Step

    • Friday June 17th - Math Strategy 9: Memorize Formulas

    • Saturday June 18th - Math Strategy 10: Linear Equations

    • Saturday June 18th - Math Strategy 11: Ratios & Proportions

    • Saturday June 18th - Math Strategy 12: Rates, Units of Measurement

    • Monday June 20th - Math Strategy 13: Percentages

    • Monday June 20th - Math Strategy 14: Exponents, Radicals, Polynomials & Expressions

    • Monday June 20th - Math Strategy 15: Label Given Info

    • Monday June 21st - Math Strategy 16: Angles

    • Monday June 21st - Math Strategy 17: Triangles

    • Monday June 21st - Math Strategy 18: Circles

    • Tuesday June 22nd - Math Strategy 19: Graphs

    • Tuesday June 22nd - Math Strategy 20: Draw Figures

    • Tuesday June 22nd - Math Strategy 21: Systems of Equations

    • Wednesday June 23rd - Math Strategy 22: Functions

    • Wednesday June 23rd - Math Strategy 23: Probability & Statistics

    • Wednesday June 23rd - Math Strategy 24: Find A Pattern

    • Thursday June 24th - Math Strategy 25: Inequalities

    • Thursday June 24th - Math Strategy 26: Scatterplots

    • Thursday June 24th - Math Strategy 27: Parabolas/Quadratics

    • Friday June 25th - Math Strategy 28: Trigonometry

    • Friday June 25th - Math Strategy 29: Alter Figures

    • Friday June 25th - Math Strategy 30: Forget Distance and Midpoint Formulas

    • Saturday June 26th - Math Strategy 31: Imaginary Numbers

    • Saturday June 26th - Math Strategy 32: Math Vocab

    • Saturday June 26th - Math Strategy 33: Figures Drawn to Scale

    • Saturday June 26th - Math Strategy 34: Use Common Sense

  • 11

    Summer Test Walkthrough: Math Section

    • Monday June 14th - Math No Calculator Section 1 - 5

    • Tuesday June 15th - Math No Calculator Section 6 - 10

    • Wednesday June 16th - Math No Calculator Section 11 - 15

    • Thursday June 17th - Math No Calculator Section 16 - 20

    • Friday June 18th - Math Calculator Section 1 - 5

    • Saturday June 19th - Math Calculator Section 6 - 10

    • Monday June 21st - Math Calculator Section 11 - 15

    • Tuesday June 22nd - Math Calculator Section 16 - 20

    • Wednesday June 23rd - Math Calculator Section 21 - 25

    • Thursday June 24th - Math Calculator Section 26 - 30

    • Friday June 25th - Math Calculator Section 31 - 34

    • Saturday June 26th - Math Calculator Section 35 - 38

  • 12

    Full Test Review: Math Section

    • Math No Calculator Section 1 - 10

    • Math No Calculator Section 11 - 20

    • Math Calculator Section 1 - 10

    • Math Calculator Section 11 - 20

    • Math Calculator Section 21 - 30

    • Math Calculator Section 31 - 38

  • 13

    Review

    • Review Section Introduction

    • End of Course Survey

  • 14

    Full Test Walkthrough

    • Reading Section Passage 1: 1 - 10

    • Reading Section Passage 2: 11 - 20

    • Reading Section Passage 3: 21 - 30

    • Reading Section Passage 4: 31 - 41

    • Reading Section Passage 5: 42 - 52

    • Writing Section Passage 1: 1 - 11

    • Writing Section Passage 2: 12 - 22

    • Writing Section Passage 3: 23 - 33

    • Writing Section Passage 4: 34 - 44

    • Math No Calculator Section 1 - 15

    • Math No Calculator Section 16 - 20

    • Math Calculator Section: 1 - 10

    • Math Calculator Section: 11 - 19

    • Math Calculator Section: 20 - 30

    • Math Calculator Section 31 - 38

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