Debunking ACT Myths Part 2

Published on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 by

This post is the second of a two-part series on busting ACT myths. You can read the first post here. Myth 5: Taking the ACT multiple times can harm your chances of getting into college. This myth stems from the old practice many colleges and universities used to follow of averaging ACT scores. Nowadays, it’s […]

Commonly Missed English and Reading ACT Questions…

Published on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 by

…that your students should be getting right. The ACT is full of challenging questions testing skills students may not have mastered during their high school career. However, there are a number of question types that simply appear to be more challenging than they really are. It’s important to remind students that the ACT often complicates fairly […]

Debunking ACT Myths Part 1

Published on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 by

Myths can be tough to bust. They seem logical, and when repeated enough times by enough people, they begin to sound quite reasonable. But they’re inaccurate, and those that apply to the ACT can completely derail all your best efforts to put your students on the right track to doing well on the test. In […]

What’s New in ACT WorkKeys

Published on Thursday, January 18th, 2018 by

What’s in the New ACT WorkKeys Test? For over a year, ACT has hinted at new WorkKeys tests. We’ve known about changes to names, item counts, and time limits, but ACT has finally released a practice test in the new format, and I analyzed the new items last week. The changes can be summarized in […]

How to Use ACT Conversion Tables for Precision Goal Setting

Published on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 by

The road to becoming a better test taker begins with understanding how the ACT measures performance. Students who know how the ACT is scored have a huge advantage: they are able to set concrete goals about the number of questions they need to answer correctly and, as a result, they suffer less test anxiety, improve […]

Score Goals: How Getting Specific Helps Make It Happen

Published on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 by

Students are more likely to reach their score goals when they are concrete and well-defined. Therefore, when they say, “I want to go to college,” ask them, “What college?” If you hear, “I want to get a higher score,” ask, “What score?” The more specific students are about their goals, the more likely they are […]

Making Success Tangible: Sharing Success Stories

Published on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by

A student’s ACT score is a gateway to opportunity and success. Universities use it to compare applicants, determine entrance acceptance, and allocate scholarships. In fact, it almost always carries more weight than a student’s GPA! Because it is used in so many different ways, an excellent ACT score can completely alter the course of a […]

Why College Matters

Published on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by

Bring up the topic of college in some classrooms, and you’ll be met with a litany of reasons why it’s not worth it: “I can make more money working at the plant after high school.” “Steve Jobs never finished college.” “Tuition is too high.” Tapping into a student’s intrinsic motivation to attend college is not […]

ACT Motivation and Gaining Student Buy In

Published on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by

The First Step is Motivation All teachers and administrators are familiar with the pain of watching capable, clever students perform poorly in school because they simply don’t care. At MasteryPrep, we know student motivation is just as important to test success as content knowledge and being test savvy. That’s why we want to equip you […]

Using a Pre-Test to Kick-Start ACT Prep

Published on Monday, January 8th, 2018 by

An important first step in learning is first developing an awareness of what exactly you need to know. At MasteryPrep, we’ve learned that pre-testing is a valuable way to earn student buy-in when it comes to test prep. The following pre-test evaluates knowledge students should have by the time they take the test on February […]