What is Tested on the ACT and SAT | Winward Academy


What is tested on the ACT and SAT?

When it comes to standardized tests, founder and lead instructor Dr. Jennifer Winward did her homework. And then she did it 49 more times. To ensure Winward Academy’s lessons cover what is tested on the ACT and SAT, Dr. Winward analyzed 50 real exams, categorizing every single question by concept and topic. She then calculated the frequency that each topic comes up.

That dedication resulted in Winward Academy. It’s how she knows that questions on punctuation are in nearly 25% of all questions.


It’s how she knows the math concept of solving algebraic equations – fun stuff like f(x), combining units, and linear systems word problems – shows up on nearly 1 out of every 4 questions. Trigonometry, meanwhile, shows up on only about 3% of questions (hey, we still love you, trig).

Breathe it in, folks.  That’s 50 tests’ worth of data. Don’t faint, but feel free to gasp.  

Getting the information was one thing. Next came organizing it in a way that makes sense for students. When tutoring, Dr. Winward first focuses on the concepts that show up the most often. Winward Academy lessons are grouped by common topics, gradually building in difficulty, so students see their confidence rise along with their understanding and scores.

Standardized tests are important.  Fortunately, that’s Dr. Winward’s specialty. She knows this stuff inside and out and explains the concepts simply and clearly. She incorporated all this knowledge into Winward Academy’s award-winning platform, which offers over 250 hours of instruction and over 7,000 practice questions, all with step-by-step supportive instruction so you’re never stuck. 

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About Winward Academy – Winward Academy is one of the world’s leading innovators in the online education space, providing web-based academic support that enhances students’ knowledge, confidence, and competitiveness in middle and high school academics and in college applications. We help thousands of students every year by providing personalized, comprehensive ACT and SAT test preparation and extensive math curriculum support. The Winward Academy learning platform honors over 40 years of education and cognitive psychology research, incorporating proven techniques that promote effective learning.

Winward Academy’s unmatched reputation is wholly attributable to our students’ exceptional success and to the trust earned among students, parents, and schools around the world.

Mike Krumboltz

Mike Krumboltz is a journalist who also writes fiction. He holds an MFA in creative writing and lives in Oakland with his wife and daughters.

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