Making the decision to attend college is one of the most important decisions you will 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.
SAT/ACT Preparation Part 2 will give you all the information you need to do well on the math questions of the ACT and the new SAT. The ACT math tests your knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and basic statistics. This course provides you with a complete math review of all these subjects. You'll also learn how to use your time wisely so that you finish as many math questions as possible in the 60 minutes the ACT gives you for the math test. In addition to reviewing arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and basic statistics, you'll also examine functions and other algebra II subjects that are now tested on the 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. This course, along with Part 1, 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.
What you will learn
- Learn about each question type on both the ACT and SAT
- Discover information you need to do well on the math questions of the ACT and the new SAT
- Review all of the subject that will be covered in the math sections of these tests
- Learn to use your time wisely so you can finish as many questions as possible in the allotted time
- Learn to use your time wisely so you can finish as many questions as possible in the allotted time
How you will benefit
- Have strategies for time management, eliminating wrong answers, and how to relax during the test
- Be familiar and feel confident with the test format and types of questions
- Get practice and feedback from your instructor and peers
- Be prepared, relaxed and ready to do your best on the ACT/SAT
How the course is taught
- Instructor-led or self-paced online course
- 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
- 24 course hours
You may have heard that you can't study for the ACT or SAT. But that's just not true! There are a bunch of things you can do to prepare for the ACT and SAT, and the more time you spend preparing, the better your scores will be. The first lesson will go over all the things you need to know about the general makeup of both the ACT and SAT so you'll know exactly what you're getting into come test day. You'll learn how to relax when you start feeling panicky, how to eliminate the wrong answers that the tests try to entice you into choosing, how to guess when you aren't sure of the right answer, and how much time to spend on each question. And, if you aren't familiar with the kinds of questions that test your math skills, you'll know exactly what to expect once you've completed this lesson.
You learned arithmetic in grade school, but you may have forgotten some of the basics that you'll see on the ACT and SAT math tests. For that reason, you'll spend some time reviewing the essentials. The lesson will go over a few of the things you probably remember—like how to perform multiplication and division—as well as some of the things that might be a little fuzzy, like exponents and fractions.
The ACT has always had a few algebra II questions, and now the SAT has joined its ranks. So in addition to a review of standard algebra, in this lesson, you'll also review some algebra II topics. The lesson will go over variables, factoring, functions, and a host of other challenging topics so that you'll know exactly what you need to answer the many algebra-related questions on both tests.
Geometry is a big component of the ACT and SAT math questions, so this lesson will make sure that you're prepared for it. This lesson will go over the properties of angles, triangles, squares, circles, and other shapes so that you can answer questions that ask for pesky measurements. It will also cover coordinate geometry and throw in some valuable information about graphing functions so that you'll be ready for all sorts of geometry when you sit for the ACT and SAT.
This lesson will cover many of the key trigonometry topics, including sine, cosine, and tangent and the trigonometric reciprocals. You'll also review how to use trigonometry to solve right triangles and even oblique ones. After this lesson, you'll have all the information you need to solve trig questions for the ACT and SAT.
You don't have to take a statistics class to master the concepts that the ACT and SAT will test you on. Most of the statistics and probability questions on these tests are pretty basic. The goal of this lesson is to make sure that you're prepared for them all. By the time you're finished, you'll have reviewed everything you need to know about tendency, frequency, and probability to ace the ACT and SAT.
By now, you're probably ready to try out the math concepts that you've reviewed so far, so this lesson will give you a chance to test yourself. It will start with an overview of what you can expect to see on the ACT math test. Then, the lesson will focus on the kinds of math questions you'll encounter on the ACT, especially those that cover math basics and algebra. It will go through 30 practice questions to show you exactly how to approach and master the ACT arithmetic and algebra questions.
They say that practice makes perfect, so in this lesson, you'll get more opportunities to reach perfection! Through an analysis of 30 more practice questions, you'll see just how to approach and correctly answer the geometry, trigonometry, and algebra II questions on the ACT. Once you've gone through the answer explanations in this lesson, you'll feel confident about tackling any ACT math question that comes your way.
The SAT math test sections look a little different than what you'll see on the ACT. There are two sets of math questions. Some are the standard multiple-choice math questions, and some aren't. This lesson will go over exactly what you should expect on the SAT math, and then you'll get some practice by examining 13 practice SAT math questions. Just like when you learned about the ACT, you'll get thorough explanations of exactly how to deal with the types of SAT math questions.
In this lesson, you'll focus on the most common type of SAT math question—the multiple-choice question. With a thorough examination of some example SAT math questions, you'll find out how to work through all kinds of multiple-choice math. You'll be whipping through the answer choices in no time!
The SAT student produced response (SPR) questions don't appear on any other major standardized test, so you may not be familiar with how to deal with them. That's what this lesson is all about. In this lesson, you'll get the scoop on how to answer math questions that don't give you answer choices to choose from and then find out how to avoid making errors when you fill in the answer on the answer sheet. It's a very simple process to grid in your answers, and this lesson will show you just how simple it is by thoroughly explaining the approach to 10 sample SAT SPR questions.
You'll get a lot of information in this course, and you probably won't remember it all even with all of the additional work you put into each lesson. So, in this last lesson, you'll review all the tips and strategies you learned throughout this course. The lesson will make sure that you understand what you need to know for each math subject on the tests. It will also review what you should focus on as you prepare and show you how to best spend your study time as you prepare to strut your stuff on test day.
Jessie Stellini currently works with undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University, where she has taught the GRE and SAT/ACT Math Prep courses since 2007. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are not included in enrollment. Please purchase the latest version of your materials prior to the start of your session:
- The Official SAT Study Guide (Official Study Guide for the New SAT)
- The Official ACT Prep Guide: Official Practice Tests + 400 Bonus Questions Online
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: Your course begins immediately after you enroll.
Instructor-Led: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends. You will interact with the instructor through the online discussion area. There are no live sessions or online meetings with the instructor.
Self-Paced: You have 3 months of access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students in the online discussion area.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release. However, you will have access to all lessons from the time they are released until the course ends.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period. Discussion areas for each lesson are open for the entire duration of the course.
Instructor-Led: Students enrolled in a six-week online class benefit from a one-time, 10-day extension for each course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.