When and How to Guess on the ACT

Published on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 by

ACT Chalk Talk #5 In a perfect world, students cruise through every ACT question with no problem, solve every issue they run into, and finish with plenty of time to spare. In a perfect world. But in the real world of standardized tests, students get stuck, and they need a game plan to know when […]

ACT Tip Tweets

Published on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 by

ACT Chalk Talk #4 If you have students who are more likely to read a tweet than listen in class, you’re not the only one! We’ve prepared 9 tweet-worthy tips that will boost your students’ ACT scores all out of proportion to the time they spend reading them. Feel free to cut and paste, share […]

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 […]