10 Ideas for Embedding ACT Prep in the Classroom

Published on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #25 One of the best ways to improve ACT scores is rigorous high school course work. So if your ACT prep disrupts your classes, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.  In this video, I give 10 ideas for embedding ACT prep in the classroom. With some of these, your students won’t even know they’re […]

Three Dimensions of ACT Score Improvement

Published on Monday, May 20th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #24 There are three dimensions across which you can improve your students’ ACT scores through content mastery. They are represented on what we call the Mastery Cube.   In this diagram, the lower left-hand corner represents a low ACT score, while the upper right-hand corner represents a high ACT score. All three […]

Four-I’s and the ACT

Published on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #23 What’s the best way to conduct ACT prep? “Four-I’s” reminds us of best practices that are essential to success: 1: INTERACTIVE Test prep all too easily tends toward “drill and kill.” Nothing is dryer and less engaging than practice questions followed by practice questions followed by practice questions. Every unit should […]

Putting the Mastery in MasteryPrep

Published on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #22 It’s a common question we get: “Test prep teaches kids how to take a test. But is it really helping them get ready for college?” More an accusation than a question, wouldn’t you say?   Sure, being proficient at taking standardized tests will serve students well throughout life, but there is […]

Inside ACT Mastery

Published on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #21   “Our teachers love the MasteryPrep materials. They are so well done, and so well put together, that any teacher, from any subject, could use their materials and teach them to students. English teachers could teach on the ACT math test, and vice versa. MasteryPrep’s materials have made teaching students how […]

Not All ACT Practice is Created Equal

Published on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #20 The adage “practice makes perfect,” requires modification when applied to the ACT. We prefer to say, “practice makes permanent.” The way you practice is the way you perform. If your students practice incorrectly, they are locking in bad habits and low scores.Avoid these four common ACT practice pitfalls: 1: Inauthentic Practice […]

When in Doubt, Don’t Charlie Out

Published on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #19 The proctor announces, “Five minutes left.” Your students’ eye towers of empty bubbles on their answer sheets. Panic sets in. It’s for moments like these that the conventional wisdom has evolved: “Guess C.” Or, more colorfully, “When in doubt, Charlie out.” You give your students a panic button to mash, a […]

Why Students Struggle on the ACT

Published on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #17 The first step to improving scores is understanding why they aren’t as high as they should be. Students’ scores are typically held down by one of four things:  1: Time Management The ACT is a timed test. Students who can answer questions more quickly and have more disciplined pacing are more […]

Cheating the College Admissions Process

Published on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #16 The ACT and SAT have been plastered across headlines for the past couple weeks as federal prosecution of a college admissions cheating operation expands to fifty people, including actress Lori Loughlin of Full House fame. [Link] Famous, wealthy individuals stacked the deck for their children by bribing university officials and getting a helping […]