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Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast

Jun 19, 2020

The multiple-choice reading sections of the SAT and ACT have never been more similar, but closer analysis proves they are hardly the same. Amy and Mike invited best-selling author Erica Meltzer to explore the subtle differences between the SAT and ACT reading sections.

 What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. How similar are the reading sections of the SAT and ACT?
  2. Which section is more likely to feature 19th century or earlier passages?
  3. Which reading section may be easier to earn a top score on?
  4. What makes precision so critical in answering SAT reading questions?
  5. Why is pacing on ACT reading so tricky?


A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, Erica Meltzer graduated from Brookline High School and earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Wellesley College.

Before becoming involved in test prep, she worked in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University, where she helped coordinate graduate admissions. From 2006 until 2015, she tutored privately in Manhattan as well as online, helping students around the world achieve their SAT/ACT goals and gain admission to a number of top colleges, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Caltech, Stanford, and Duke.

With over 100,000 copies sold, her SAT and ACT Reading and Writing guides consistently rank at the top of their respective categories on Amazon, outperforming comparable guides produced by Kaplan, Princeton Review, and Barron’s. She has been featured in Teen Vogue, The College Solution, and CBS Moneywatch, and her books are currently used by students and tutors worldwide.

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