Ok, let’s talk more about the ACTs you’re likely required to take to even begin a college application to some state school that will suck you dry of finances, leave you in decades worth of debt, and teach you little more than to never schedule Monday morning classes.

 

You’ll have 45 minutes on the 75-question English test covering grammar and rhetorical skills. The best way to prepare for this section is to study grammar, do practice questions, and know the tricks built into the exam. Lucky for you, I already know all the tricks and will prepare you to defeat them. While you work to brush up on grammar, I’ll ensure that you know how to apply what you’ve learned.

 

And look, it’s just about time for a random act of kindness via a disclaimer: for those of you thoroughly overwhelmed by the prospect of standardized exams and college applications, maybe college isn’t really for you? I know our parents and teachers have been telling us since kindergarten that you have to go to college if you want to make something of yourself, but I look around me and what I see are millions of young Americans doing jobs that have nothing to do whatsoever with their college degree while trying to dig out of tens of thousands of dollars of student debt.

 

There’s plenty of work to be found that doesn’t require a degree – whether that be administrative work at a hospital (www.nyp.org), cleaning peoples’ carpets in Alabama (www.carpetcleaningmobile.com), web development (www.codechicago.com), or lots and lots of different kinds of civic work. Don’t be discouraged by the idea of college. If you’re not into it, skip it, but make sure you have an alternate plan and roadmap!

 

This is not your only option for success! I promise! But for those of you committed to taking these exams, applying for undergraduate studies, and choosing that path to success, stick with me. I’ve got the roadmap for this plan.

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