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Seeking ACT-like Prose Fiction and Humanities Pieces

Hi all. I'm tutoring some students for the ACT, and wanted to find some good selections of prose fiction and humanities non-fiction to give them a sense of what they can expect on the reading section of the test. I had lots of ideas for prose fiction, but many seemed to involve something potentially confusing and controversial (abortion in Hills Like White Elephants, Tourette's Syndrome in Motherless Brooklyn, intersex identity in Middlesex) and most of the humanities writing I'm familiar with is high-level academic scholarship that is probably too dense for high school students. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on May 6, 2014 - 3 answers

American College Testing (ACT) - test score challenged – arbitration

The daughter of a friend has taken the ACT four times trying to reach a score of 24. Her initial score was a 12. She did some self-preparation the second and third times and brought her score up to 19. Before taking the test for the fourth time she saw a tutor and brought her score up to 24. The ACT people want to disallow the last score because they aren't comfortable with the degree to which her score improved. [more inside]
posted by Carbolic on Jan 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Need advice on a 14 year-old taking the SAT

Our son, who's in eighth grade, is scheduled to take the SAT this Saturday but he's not enthusiastic at all. I gave him a review book and he said he didn't know how to do many of the problems. We scheduled him for the test at the urging of his principal who believes he can qualify for the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) because he got a perfect score just recently on an ACT exam and she knows my son quite well because it's a very small grade school. I don't think he has much to lose and a lot to gain but I think he's just plain petrified of taking the test and would skip it if we let him. That however would greatly disappoint my wife, me, and the principal. Any words of wisdom you can offer?
posted by qsysopr on Jan 21, 2014 - 72 answers

Giving a business address for a personal credit card / Patriot Act

Aside from whether I should or why I should care what address I give a credit card company or bank, I am wondering whether the Patriot Act actually does allow consumers to give companies a business street address. It appears so but I'm no legal whiz so I'm looking for some answers out there. [more inside]
posted by trandolph on Jan 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Affordable Care Act: What if you are broke?

I have less-than-no income (under $5000 a year) and I always get Federal tax refunds and "Earned Income Credit" refunds. I have heard that Obamacare will charge people a fine, based on their income. What if my income is sub-poverty? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Oct 16, 2013 - 16 answers

ACT vs. CBT

I am sort of familiar with CBT and ACT. I like the concepts of both, but I find when I would use CBT I would get into a shouting match with myself. I am thinking ACT would be better for myself, but I want to have confident thoughts also through CBT. I was wondering if anyone had luck intertwining both? IF you can mix both? I may need to look more into the two. I do not know all the techniques yet, but just wanted to hear some opinions. Thanks
posted by Truts83 on Jun 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Finding good resources for explaining movie dramatic structures

Recently I was reading a book by Joseph Campbell called "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" which goes into how the "mono-myth" pattern serves as the underlying structure for most Western movies (think Star Wars, The Matrix, ...). I would love to learn more about alternative story arcs and dramatic structures (like the famous three-act structure), with examples from famous films. Any comprehensive resources, blogs, articles, anything?
posted by omar.a on May 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Does ambivalence in a relationship = no go?

How do you deal with intense ambivalent feelings in a relationship, especially when they may be colored by a mood disorder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

ACT therapists in Toronto?

I'm looking for an ACT therapist in Toronto. Does anyone have personal recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mendel on Jan 2, 2013 - 1 answer

Why are third acts so difficult?

Why are third acts so difficult to execute well? [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Nov 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Need help with a contact database for my Mac

Act! database vs. Daylite? I used Act forever & loved the fact i could keep notes per company & then look up companies by Co. name, first name, last name, city, state, or other custom tag i classified them as. I used ACT when i had my PC.... but for the past 3 years i've been on a Macbook Pro and only using Daylite... which i hate. I can't look up by anything other than Company name or contact name.... I need a new database contact program that is similar to ACT in the regards of how I can look up each company & allowing me under notes (or something) to keep track of my conversations. I'd also like it to sync up with my iphone 5. [more inside]
posted by foodybat on Nov 4, 2012 - 9 answers

What will my school district do with me?

I am a technology specialist for a large public school district. In my school, I am a "prep" teacher. Classes come to me, the teacher leaves, and I have them for 50 minutes. Last year, for various reasons, I developed a phobia of being alone in charge of 25-30 kids by myself. I kept seeing danger to them and being unable to help. I took a leave from the middle of April through the end of the year. I tried to get an ELL position; that's my other license. ELL is small group and/or co-teaching and I would be just fine returning to it. [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Aug 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Does Sage ACT 2011 have SideACT or something similar?

I've been using ACT 2000 and just upgraded to Sage ACT 2011, however, I don't see the "SideACT" function which I used a lot to maintain to-do lists. Does Sage ACT 2011 have SideACT or something similar?
posted by tangyraspberry on May 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Credit Union Law...

[US banking law filter] So my credit union 'forces' me to deposit checks, payable to me, into a savings deposit account (share deposit account), rather than my checking account. I'm not sure they should be doing this. Lots of gory details inside.... [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on May 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Best multi-user ACT/SAT prep course?

What is the best ACT/SAT test prep system/program for multiple (20-50) users? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Apr 30, 2012 - 6 answers

How to obtain recent Foreign Service Institute learning materials?

How do I obtain newer Foreign Service Institute language learning coursework and education materials? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Mar 31, 2012 - 3 answers

Which ACT test prep book(s) should I buy for my niece?

Which ACT test prep book(s) should I buy for my niece? [more inside]
posted by braveterry on Jul 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Did Tom Clancy use the Freedom of Information Act when writing The Hunt for Red October?

Did Tom Clancy use the Freedom of Information Act when writing The Hunt for Red October? [more inside]
posted by rentalkarma on Jun 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Music for a juggling act?

Can you help me find a musical track for a juggling act? [more inside]
posted by emilyw on Mar 3, 2010 - 14 answers

K.I.S.S. - CRM

My company needs simple CRM - we don't need the thousands of bells and whistles that come with other products. Also, we need buy-in. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by namewithhe1d on Sep 24, 2009 - 8 answers

Help us hack the ACT test!

I'm interested in starting an after-school ACT test prep program for the high school students that I work with. I'm not an educator, so I don't have a clue where to start. What are the best techniques, from start to finish to organizing and operating a successful group test preparation workshop? How can I help my students acquire the techniques they need to do well on the test? [more inside]
posted by chara on Sep 21, 2009 - 7 answers

What is the best company formation agent to use in the UK?

What is the best company formation agent to use in the UK to form a limited company? How can I tell if a company formation agent is reliable and trustworthy and are there any reviews of them available? I would also prefer an "all in one solution" that includes a registered office too. [more inside]
posted by samengland on Jul 16, 2009 - 5 answers

Adolescent dives headfirst into immigration laws with poor swimming instruction and shoddy navigational skills

Help a bewildered high schooler understand immigration legislation, the current political climate and key issues surrounding the debate. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf on Jun 18, 2009 - 7 answers

CRM Software

What's a good, desktop-based (not web) CRM program? It should also be able to sync with a Palm Treo and over the local network and integrate with multiple Microsoft Office versions. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Mar 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Random Acts of Kindness you have done?

What "random act of kindness" have you done recently? I'm looking for ideas! [more inside]
posted by greenish on Mar 4, 2009 - 75 answers

Is my mom really not eligible for FMLA?

Is my mom really not eligible for FMLA to take care of my sister when my sister gives birth? [more inside]
posted by Monday on Dec 27, 2008 - 13 answers

How to find the real dirt on how a bill actually becomes a law

How can I research how a particular act of the U.S. Congress came into existence - with as much detail as is possible about how it changed from proposal to final act and how it was influenced along the way? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Nov 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Help interpret this ACT score

Help me interpret this ACT score & figure out what to do with it... [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 on May 23, 2008 - 9 answers

Can I be a freelance SAT tutor?

I'm a college student with high test scores but no previous teaching experience. Is freelance SAT tutoring (or things of that nature) a lucrative idea or an exercise in frustration? [more inside]
posted by Muffpub on May 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me find a one-act.

I've been given the opportunity to direct a one-act play of my choice, and I need help finding one. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Apr 2, 2008 - 15 answers

Unnaturally hard to find: the author of this quote!

I need a reputable source for this quote (or something similar): "The only unnatural act is the one that cannot be performed." Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by eralclare on Jan 28, 2008 - 5 answers

PATRIOT Act + Roth IRA?

What provisions of the PATRIOT Act govern the opening of my Roth IRA? [more inside]
posted by comwiz on Jun 7, 2007 - 4 answers

I want my habeas corpus

How, with our system of law, can the Military Commissions Act be repealed? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie on Oct 1, 2006 - 25 answers

Oregon Ballot Rules

I live in Oregon, and our elections are all vote-by-mail. In an effort to get out the vote, there are organizations (like ACT) accepting ballots all over Portland. There's a lone man with a Kerry sign outside my apartment complex accepting ballots who seems to have no organizational affiliation whatsoever. Does anyone know any non-confrontational ways to make sure he's legit? more inside... [more inside]
posted by pikachulolita on Oct 19, 2004 - 25 answers

Feats of Strength

Some time ago I saw two male gymnasts on a late night talk show (I think) who did a routine where they lifted eachother and twisted their bodies in amazing ways -- all at EXTREMELY slow speed. Anyone know who these guys are?
posted by treebjen on Aug 26, 2004 - 10 answers

Contact database recommendations?

I need recommendations for a contact database [details forthwith]. [more inside]
posted by karmaville on Jul 13, 2004 - 5 answers

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