Melissa Hendrix

Noodle Pro Melissa Hendrix is a premier tutor of the SAT and ACT in Chicagoland. She has been a national leader in SAT and ACT preparation for 20 years, developing curriculum and strategies for...

Issue 12: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler
24 June, 2019
Happy Friday! This week’s edition features two questions based on the ACT, which many high schoolers took earlier this month and just got scores back. There are 75 English questions and 60 Math questions on the actual ACT, but hey, if you can get these two problems right, you get to claim a perfect score! Standard reminders and disclaimers: On either the ACT English or SAT Writing, most questions lack an actual question and instead just feature an underlined portion and three other options. You
Issue 11: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler
06 June, 2019
Welcome back to another edition of Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler, a regular chance for adults to experience the world of standardized testing without having to use a number two pencil. Many students may have taken the SAT or ACT in June, and they easily could have seen questions similar to this week’s offerings. Can you get these right? Standard reminders and disclaimers: On either the ACT English or SAT Writing, most questions lack an actual question, and instead feature just an un
Issue 10: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
24 May, 2019
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! The end of the school year is nigh, but there’s no reason not to keep trying your hand at sample problems from the SAT and ACT all summer. So before you put those burgers on the grill, work on these two questions that could appear on the ACT. Standard reminders and disclaimers: on either ACT English or SAT Writing, most questions lack an actual question and instead include just an underlined portion and three other options. You have to determine whether the underline
Issue 9: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler
20 May, 2019
Happy Friday! Many high schoolers finished AP exams this week, so their brains are probably fried. This could be your best chance yet to beat them in this week’s sample SAT questions. Standard reminders and disclaimers: On either the ACT English or SAT Writing, most questions lack an actual question, instead just feature an underlined portion and three other options. You have to determine whether the underlined portion is correct as written (NO CHANGE) or choose a different option to correct t
Issue 8: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler
10 May, 2019
Welcome back! This week is picking up where last week left off: with a vocabulary question, this time from the ACT. Both the ACT and SAT test diction, the choice of word or phrase to make meaning precise. The words tested are usually fairly common, much less esoteric than the vocabulary on the old SAT, which tested words like “esoteric” instead of “obscure.” For this week’s question, inspired by the ACT English, diction is tested in that test’s particular format. Hint: read carefully to spot an
Issue 7: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
03 May, 2019
Do you remember whom Ross cheated with when he and Rachel were “on a break”? Your high schooler probably can tell you. Friends is huge among teens, and most can recite chapter and verse of every episode. But do you think they know what a check register is? Welcome to the Throwback Issue of Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler, a chance every week to take a nostalgic stroll with the ACT and SAT. This week, however, pays tribute to the days of future past on both tests. The Math question is i
Issue 6: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
26 April, 2019
Welcome back! This week’s edition features something new and different: an ACT English with an actual question. In past issues, all of the questions based on the ACT English/SAT Writing have just featured an underlined portion and four answer choices. Test-takers have to decide whether to keep the underlined portion as is (NO CHANGE) or to pick a different choice to correct an error. In this week’s issue, you’ll see an actual question that asks whether to move an underlined portion to a better
What To Expect When You're Expecting a Junior: A Cheat Sheet for Parents of Sophomores
22 April, 2019
Spring has finally sprung, and it won’t be long before a young sophomore’s thoughts turn to junior year and all of the standardized tests that that year will bring. For parents of sophomores, the prospect can be daunting. The array of standardized tests is overwhelming, even for those parents who’ve been through the process already. This brief overview should help identify the what and when on the testing horizon. Pre-ACT, PSAT Many states, districts, or schools purchase practice tests from
Issue 5: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
19 April, 2019
Is there any better marker of adulthood than filing your taxes? If you owed money to the IRS this year, this week’s chance to pretend you’re a teen again should be a sweet escape from the pain. This week is devoted to all grammar, showcasing questions that could appear on either the ACT English or the SAT Writing. On either the ACT or SAT, you’re rarely given an actual question, just an underlined portion and three other options. You have to determine whether the underlined portion is correct
Issue 4: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
12 April, 2019
Welcome back to another edition of Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler, a weekly chance for parents to feel like a teenager again without having to post on Snapchat or play Fortnite. In this week’s issue, three questions that resemble what high schoolers could see on this week’s ACT. Standard disclaimer: no specific rule or formula is needed to solve the Math question, calculators are allowed, you need only fix the two English questions but not name the errors, and none of the three quest
Issue 3: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
05 April, 2019
It’s time again for another edition of Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler, a weekly chance for parents to experience the world of the ACT and SAT. In fact, today’s SAT looks very different from the one any parent would have taken. This week’s edition features two questions that could appear on an SAT to give you an idea of its current reboot. The grammar question below would be found on the SAT’s Writing section, a multiple-choice section that tests grammar and is not to be confused with t
Issue 2: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
29 March, 2019
Welcome back to another edition of Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler, a weekly chance for parents to show their teens who’s boss or to lie to them that you lost on purpose. Maybe you’ll fare better here than with your NCAA bracket. This week’s edition features three questions that could appear on an ACT: one from Math and two from English. (Future editions will feature SAT questions, too.) As always, the Math question doesn’t require knowledge of a specific rule or formula, but, like the