The Must-Know Comma Rules for the ACT

Published on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #48 Commas. We love them. We hate them. And, sometimes, don’t, know, when, to, use, them. No matter how much we dislike commas, it’s hard to argue against their importance. Take these two sentences for example: “Let’s eat, Grandma.”“Let’s eat Grandma.” Without the comma, Grandma would be in big trouble come dinner time. […]

Keep Up the Pace: Pacing and the ACT

Published on Monday, November 4th, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #47 Time may be the enemy on the ACT, but as with any comic book or superhero movie, an enemy can be defeated with the right mindset and plan of action! In order to beat the clock on the ACT, students must be armed with the right time-management skills and strategies. Running out […]

High School Courses Colleges Really Want to See

Published on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #46 Knowing what colleges are looking for can be a challenge⁠—especially since not all colleges desire the same things in an application. Different colleges have different standards and requirements for admission, but most want to see that students have taken certain high school courses. In our recently released College Playbook, we have gathered […]

Gameday Reminders: What Your Students Need for Test Day

Published on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #45 “Confidence comes from being prepared.”  —John Wooden Your students’ preparation and mentality for the ACT can have a massive impact on their scores. These 11 gameday reminders will help your students perform their absolute best on test day and be fully prepared for whatever may come their way! Get enough sleep: Though […]

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 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 […]