Making the decision to attend college is probably one of the most important decisions you'll ever make, and your performance on college entrance exams is instrumental in determining your college choice. Universities and colleges throughout the U.S. require applicants to take the SAT or ACT as part of their evaluation package. This course will prepare you for both tests.
Both the ACT and the SAT contain verbal and math question types. SAT/ACT Preparation Part I will give you all the information you need to do well on the verbal questions of the ACT and the new SAT. The ACT verbal sections are called the Reading Test, the English Test, and the Science Test. The Reading Test and the English Test assess your knowledge of English usage, grammar, and reading comprehension. This course will provide you with a grammar and usage review specifically geared to the rules that you'll be tested on in the ACT. You'll also learn how to maximize your time on reading comprehension passages and the passages in the science test.
In 2005, the ACT began offering an optional essay test. If you choose to take the essay test, our course will show you how to do your best writing in the short period of time you'll be given.
Beginning March 2016, the SAT verbal questions also changed. The lessons in this course will prepare you for those changes. The new verbal sections are called Writing and Language and Reading. The Reading section consists of Information & Ideas, Rhetoric, and Synthesis questions based on reading passages and quantitative information. You'll learn how to answer the questions types in the most time-efficient manner. The SAT also contains a Writing and Language section, which includes multiple-choice questions about rhetoric, grammar, and English usage. The essay on the SAT is now optional and administered in its own section. This course will prepare you to write the type of essays that grading officials are looking for and will provide you with a grammar and usage review that's specific to the rules you'll be tested on in the new SAT.
In addition to preparing you for specific question types on both exams, this course will give you pointers in time management, anxiety relief, scoring, and general standardized test-taking. Weekly assignments will encourage you to work with your fellow classmates and your instructor to maximize your performance on all aspects of the verbal questions of the ACT and SAT.
This course and its follow-up will prepare you to excel in all sections of the undergraduate college entrance exams and provide you with the means to achieve your best potential score!
Course Revised January 2016
About The Instructor
Benjamin N. Gialloreto graduated from Drexel University (BS, Computer Science) and Loyola (New Orleans) School of Law. He has been practicing law since 1990 and is a former Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia Major Trials and Civil Rights Units. He is currently Independent Counsel to the School Reform Commission in the Philadelphia School District and is a partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm Gallagher & Rowan, P.C.
Professor Gialloreto has been proctoring this GMAT preparation course since July 1999 and has helped more than 6,000 GMAT test takers over the years. He also teaches online Paralegal Certificate courses for the Center for Legal Studies in Golden, Colorado. He conducted Civil Rights Seminars at the Philadelphia Police Academy and Philadelphia Prison Academy as part of recruit training and annual education for Police and Prison Supervisors. Finally, Professor Gialloreto proctors our test prep course for the LSAT, SAT, and ACT, and has assisted with the GRE test prep courses.