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 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 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 […]

## ACT Math Practice Question – Rates

###### Published on Saturday, July 6th, 2013 by

A sink hole with a depth of 450 cm is being filled in at a rate of 2 cm per week. The depth of another nearby sinkhole is 500 cm, and it is being filled at a rate of 4 cm per week. Assuming the sinkholes continue to be filled at these constant rates, in […]

## Frequently Asked Questions by Principals and District Administrators

###### Published on Friday, July 5th, 2013 by

What are the key ingredients to successful ACT prep for underperforming students? ACT prep for an underperforming student looks much more like remediation than a test prep cram session. Students who are unable to score an 18, 19, or 20 are missing questions on the ACT that correlate to 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade […]