Tampa ACT Tutoring

Posted on 12th October 2010 in Tampa ACT Preparation

I like tutoring ACT English and ACT Reading.

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Students who are good in science should consider taking the ACT because it has a science section. Check out my post on SAT versus ACT if you are trying to decide which test to take.

I’ve been working with one student to improve his ACT scores since this summer and he is making good progress.

He likes the test because he says the vocabulary is not as difficult as the SAT and because there is not a guessing penalty on the ACT.

If you are taking the ACT and need some help with the English or reading sections, please give me a call at 813.787.8959.

I tutor students in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Odessa, Temple Terrace, and the surrounding areas. Reach me at Tampa Tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com.

Good Resource for SAT and ACT Students Wanting to Learn Vocabulary and Word Roots

Posted on 9th September 2010 in Tampa ACT Preparation, Tampa SAT Preparation

One of my favorite web services is Stumble Upon.  In my spare time, I like to see what new things that I can find on the web in my areas of interest.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon a good flashcard site for students studying for the SAT and ACT.


Although the sets are of varying quality, I found a few good ones, especially in the area of word roots.

If you are doing some last minute cramming for the vocabulary parts of the SAT and ACT, you might find it useful. It looks like you can study the cards on the site for free.

Let me know what you think!

Eric Anderson is an English and history tutor. He lives in Wesley Chapel and tutors students in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa and surrounding communities. Reach him at 813.787.8959.

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Good News for Tampa English Tutor: Student’s ACT Score Climbs 5 Points

Posted on 19th March 2010 in Tampa ACT Preparation

I do a lot more SAT than ACT tutoring for students in New Tampa. Nevertheless, I received some great news from one of my students. His ACT English score climbed 5 points after working with me!

He is on a path to attend FSU’s Honors College.

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Anyway, I’m very proud of him and all of his extra effort to master the ACT!

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Should you take the SAT or ACT?

Posted on 8th February 2010 in Tampa ACT Preparation, Tampa SAT Preparation

Most colleges require applicants to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the ACT.  Although a few colleges or universities require one or the other, many accept both. So, which one should you take?

Here is a quick break down to help you decide:

  • Time – Both the SAT and ACT are approximately three hours long.  The SAT takes 3 hours and 5 minutes, and the ACT takes 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete.

  • Cost – The cost of the SAT is $43. The basic ACT test costs $30, and if you take the optional writing portion, you pay an additional $14.50.

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  • Frequency – The SAT is given seven times per year. The ACT is given six times per year.

  • Structure – The SAT has ten sections: three critical reading, three mathematics, three writing sections (2 sections plus mandatory timed essay) and an experimental section that can be reading or math and is not identified to test takers. The ACT has four sections: English Math, Reading, and Science. The ACT also has an optional fifth writing section that is a timed essay. Test takers may choose to take the ACT with or without the essay.

  • Scoring – Each of the three sections of the SAT is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale. There is a quarter-point penalty for wrong answers on the SAT. ACT sections are scored from 1 to 36 and averaged to get a composite score. The ACT does not penalize test takers for wrong answers.

  • SAT Test Content – The SAT covers math up to Geometry and Algebra II. SAT Reading includes short, long, and paired prose passages with comprehension, vocabulary in context, and inference questions. Passages come from fiction, natural sciences, and social sciences. Each of the SAT reading comprehension sections include a section of sentence completion questions that test vocabulary. SAT writing includes a timed essay and questions covering grammar, usage, punctuation, and word choice.

  • ACT Test Content – The ACT covers math up to trigonometry. ACT science tests basic science knowledge and interpretation of graphs and data. The ACT Reading test includes four passages (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Science, and Prose Fiction) with 15 questions each. The ACT English test stresses sentence-level grammar, punctuation, and style. The ACT has an optional essay.

  • Websites: The SAT is given by the College Board. http://www.collegeboard.com. The ACT is given by ACT Corporation http://www.actstudent.org.

Before deciding which test to take, look at the requirements of the colleges you are considering, think about your academic strengths, and talk to your parents. Review the admission policies of your school choices carefully. Try to take a few practice tests of each kind if you are not certain which test is right for you.

Eric Anderson is a Tampa, Florida-based English tutor. He tutors Reading Comprehension and writing for the SAT and Reading and English for the ACT. Contact him at tampatutor at tampabay dot rr dot com or by phone at 813.787.8959.

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New Tampa ACT Tutor Wishes Students Good Luck on Saturday

Posted on 31st January 2010 in Tampa ACT Preparation

I’ve been working with a few students to get them ready for this Saturday’s ACT. Although questions on the ACT are easier than those on the SAT, the ACT demands that students work quickly. I have been tutoring one ACT prep student to help him develop strategies to complete the 75 question English section within the 45 minute time limit. We have also been working on ways to improve his speed in the ACT reading section.  Today, he completed a practice reading test within the time limit.

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In a recent post, I mentioned number2.com as a resource for SAT students, and this site is also a great place to find practice ACT questions and ACT test tips for procrastinators.

Best of luck to all my Tampa ACT prep students and all New Tampa high school students taking the ACT on February 6th. Upcoming ACT test dates and registration deadlines can be found here.

For students and parents who live in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, or Carrollwood and would like to get help preparing for the English and reading portions of the ACT, contact Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959. Although he does not tutor the math portion of the SAT or ACT, he can recommend an excellent New Tampa math tutor.

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