Things NOT to Bring on ACT Test Day

We’ve spoken before about the materials you should bring to the testing facility on the ACT test-date. However, many students don’t realize that there are things you CANNOT bring to the ACT testing facility. Bringing these items can cause you to be rejected from taking the test or have your score not count among other […]


Things to Bring on ACT Test Day

You’ve studied and prepared for months and it’s finally here: ACT test day. However, in preparing for the ACT, students often forget some very important things they need to successfully take the test. Below, we’ve listed 5 key items you’ll need on test day. While they may seem obvious or even unnecessary, they shouldn’t be […]


Inc 500 is Bittersweet During Historic Flood

To say that this is an exciting time for MasteryPrep would be an understatement. We’ve helped tens of thousands of students make significant gains on the ACT. Consistently and systemically improving college access and scholarship levels for underserved students across a dozen states. The schools and school districts across the country with the highest gains on the […]


Louisiana Schools Make Impressive Gains in ACT and College-Readiness

We’re so thrilled to learn that Louisiana schools have increased the number of high school students earning 18+ points on the ACT! Their hard work isn’t going unnoticed, the Louisiana Department of Education sent out this press release earlier in the week: NUMBER OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING COLLEGE-GOING ACT SCORES REACHES ALL-TIME HIGH Statewide Public School […]


5 Movies to Watch Before Taking the ACT

These movies won’t give you any secrets or tips for the ACT, but they will inspire you not to give up when the studying gets hard, if you don’t make the score you wanted the first time around, or when the whole ACT just feels overwhelming. Take a study break and get a fresh boost […]


ACT Prep Test-Taking Technique #4: What Sounds Right

Go with what sounds right. We know it’s simple, but it is true nonetheless. Going with what sounds right in the grammar section will help you score better just by allowing you to eliminate the wrong answers right out of the gate. If you are an avid reader and writer, your gut instinct will probably […]


ASPIRE Tip of the Day

Run-Ons and Fragments Read the following sentence to find the best answer. Clues that some automobile designers have lost their originality being found in their car names: R8, LS460, and GTR.   A. NO CHANGE B. originality are C. originality, having been D. originality,   Scroll down or click here for the answer!     Students need practice […]


ACT Test-Taking Tips

1. Pace Yourself Students should give themselves eight minutes per passage in English and reading, about five minutes per science passage, and about one minute per math question. 2. Cherry Pick Every question is worth exactly one point. If a question is perplexing or students don’t know what to do with it after 10 or 15 seconds, they should […]


Blind Guessing

Student question: I’m a junior, and I’m taking the ACT this Saturday. I’m worried about the guessing. If I don’t understand a question, which letter do you recommend for me to guess: A, B, C, or D?   MasteryPrep’s advice: When you need to guess, first eliminate any choice that’s obviously wrong. Then go with […]