ASPIRE Tip of the Day

Published on Friday, January 8th, 2016 by

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 Reading Tip of the Day

Published on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by

Natural Science Download and print the following passage. Your students will refer to it to answer the question.  From the passage “Our Disappearing Bees” by Robert Queenston The passage states that the pollinator conservationists at the Lockeford Plant Materials Center have successfully supported bee colonies by planting: A. corn and soybeans. B. hedges and fields […]

ACT English Tip of the Day

Published on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by

Transitions She forgot her homework in her locker, for her mother, more than a little annoyed, had to drive her back to school. F. NO CHANGE G. so H. but J. because   Scroll down or click here for the answer!     Students need practice decoding ACT® questions so they will not feel intimidated by […]

ACT Tip of the Day: Science Tuesday

Published on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by

Reading Charts and Graphs Download and print the following charts and graphs so your students can refer to them to answer the question below. Passage IV  Based on Figure 1, at approximately which time of day does a person’s brain receive the greatest influx of glucose? A.     8:30 AM B.     10:30 AM C.     1:30 PM […]

ACT Tip of the Day: Math Monday

Published on Monday, November 16th, 2015 by

Solving Equations: Word Problem Please solve the following word problem: The sum of the real numbers x and y is 15. Their difference is 3. What is the value of xy? A. 3 B. 6 C. 9 D. 15 E. 54

3 Facts and 1 Myth Every Principal Should Know about the ACT

Published on Friday, September 18th, 2015 by

In this invitation-only webinar for high school principals and administrators, you’ll learn: The one hidden question on the front of every ACT® test Why student GPA doesn’t match ACT scores The most important thing to focus on to improve ACT outcomes One critical ACT myth that can be fatal to ACT improvement efforts

ACT Science Tips

Published on Thursday, May 28th, 2015 by

Conflicting Viewpoints Passage 1. Identify the arguing scientists. There will be only one Conflicting Viewpoints passage on the Science test. The passage features two or more scientists, students, or theories that are in conflict with one another. Unlike other passages, there usually won’t be charts or graphs, and only rarely will there be figures. Students […]

ACT Test-Taking Tips

Published on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by

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 […]

ACT English Tips

Published on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 by

1. Commas cause pauses Commas are not sprinkles. You can’t happily pour them everywhere. You definitely can’t use them every time the reader might pause. That being said, a comma almost always causes a pause. If an answer choice uses a comma in a place that makes a pause awkward, you should eliminate it. 2. No solo […]

Blind Guessing

Published on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by

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 […]