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 […]

## Tips for Time Management on the ACT English Test

###### Published on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

With only 45 minutes to answer 75 questions, you must answer a question every 30 seconds. Give yourself eight minutes per passage to help you keep track of time! If you maintain this pace, you’ll get through the entire test with five minutes to spare. Most students miss the last questions because they run out […]

## How the ACT is Scored

###### Published on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by

Many of the students we work with don’t know how the ACT is scored. They’re accustomed to a 100 point grading scale, so a 36-point scale can seem quite confusing. Without knowing how these tests are scored, it becomes easy for students to expect too much gain from too little study. A one-point improvement can increase […]

## 7 Best Practices for In-House ACT Preparation

###### Published on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

More and more states are requiring students to take the ACT in order to graduate high school. Accordingly, implementing ACT preparation within the limits of the classroom has never been more important. 1) Assessment: First Things First The first step to improving your students’ ACT results is to assess your students. Provide your students with a […]

## ACT Practice Tests and Data Analysis

###### Published on Monday, September 9th, 2013 by

ACT® Mastery offers practice ACT tests to your school to help you diagnose exactly what skills your students are deficient in and what most needs to be worked on. These proprietary practice tests provide in-depth, extremely granular information on skill deficiencies at the student, class, school, and district level. Use this information to guide lesson […]

## ACT Math Practice Question: Algebra & Inequalities

###### Published on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by

Eloise is a car salesperson who makes a minimum base pay of $2,500 per month or 8% commission on her monthly sales, whichever is more. If x = Eloise’s monthly sales, which expression most accurately describes x when she makes more than her minimum base pay in a month? A. x > 31250 B. x […]

## ACT Reading Passages: The Most Important Question

###### Published on Saturday, July 13th, 2013 by

Who, what, when, where, why, and how. What’s the most important question on the ACT Reading test? While you’re reading an ACT reading passage, you need to make a mental index of what you read. When you look in the back of a non-fiction book, you’ll find an index that alphabetically lists the content of […]

## Warning: 5th Grade Math Can Kill Your ACT Score

###### Published on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by

A warning to anyone who is having some trouble with the math section of the SAT or ACT (or with high school math in general): Chances are, your difficulties started far earlier than algebra II or geometry. Students often have difficulties with these advanced subjects when they also have trouble doing the basic operations of math, such as multiplication […]

## ACT Math Practice Question: Functions

###### Published on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 by

If f(x) = 5×2 – 3x – 2, then f(-4) = ? A. -70 B. -4 C. 70 D. 80 E. 90 Scroll down for solution. If f(x) = 5×2 – 3x – 2, then f(-4) = ? A. -70 B. -4 C. 70 D. 80 E. 90 The […]

## Skipping to the Questions on the ACT Reading Test

###### Published on Monday, July 8th, 2013 by

You may have heard an ACT reading test tactic that suggests reading the questions first, instead of reading the passages. Here are three words of advice: Don’t do it! Look at any ACT reading test and take note of how many questions make sense without the context of the passage they refer to. In almost all of the […]