Secret Service and the ACT

Published on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 by

ACT Chalk Talk #3 The great majority of the ACT English test amounts to nothing more–and nothing less–than the time-honored task of proofreading. Students are given five passages they must edit to be grammatically and stylistically correct. One of the oldest proofing tricks in the book is to read the work aloud. But how can […]

What ACT Content Should You Focus On?

Published on Monday, November 26th, 2018 by

ACT Chalk Talk #2 The ACT assesses more than 150 distinct skills, from using semicolons properly to solving similar triangles. The frequency of these skills is unpredictable: some appear multiple times on every test, while other skills will show up occasionally. With such limited time to review and prepare for the ACT, how do you […]

5 Reasons Students Run out of Time on the ACT

Published on Friday, November 16th, 2018 by

ACT Chalk Talk #1 Too many students know the content tested on the ACT yet fail at time management. Every second is precious on this standardized test; one second wasted can mean lost points for your students. In extreme cases, time management can make the difference between a 15 and a 20 on the ACT. […]

How to Move Students from Pass to Proficient

Published on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by

  At MasteryPrep, we know how much student growth affects your accountability and school score. We also understand that most test prep focuses on helping already high-scoring students perfect their performance. However, students who have just a decent grasp of the content are often left behind. They know the material and demonstrate understanding, but their […]

Avoiding Careless Errors: Algebra I Points Your Students Deserve

Published on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 by

When it comes to standardized testing, there’s nothing more frustrating for students than losing points on questions they know how to answer. In Algebra, one of the most common places for careless errors is on questions requiring the distributive property. Let’s take a look at a couple reasons why. Negative Signs Students must use the […]

When Tomorrow Is Test Day

Published on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by

With test day looming, it’s time for students to focus on rest, reducing stress, and reviewing their test-taking plan. Make sure students are clear on the following topics. Number of Correct Answers Needed Students should choose a goal raw score, that is the number of questions they need to answer correctly on each test section […]

7 Ways to Reduce Test Anxiety on the ACT

Published on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 by

Everyone knows that heart-sinking moment: you turn over the test, skim the first few questions, and draw a complete blank on how to solve a single problem. Test anxiety equally affects students of all academic capabilities and can strike at any time, even in the middle of a test that’s going relatively well. The ACT […]

Keep It Up! More Free ACT Pacing Practice

Published on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 by

If you’ve been following our series, today’s short and sweet post is here to keep up your practice testing momentum. We’re providing you with more access to mini-test resources. Keep up this practice with your students and continue to reduce verbal cues until students get a feel for the pacing on their own. Resources English […]

The Homestretch: Effective Test Prep for the Final Hours

Published on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 by

  It’s never too late to provide students with meaningful test prep and encouragement. Even with only a week left before their test, there’s still room to see substantial growth and preparation. Here are some helpful tips to teach students in the days leading up to the ACT. Strategy Students can master these test-taking tips […]

What’s New on the LEAP 2025 Algebra I Test?

Published on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 by

To put together our new LEAP 2025 Algebra I Boot Camp, we dissected the state’s released practice test and assessment guides. Here’s a high-level overview of our findings. The Louisiana Department of Education has done a great job breaking down the test and its contents with its assessment guide, so much of what I provide […]