Tackling the ACT Synthesis Passage

Published on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #11 Several years ago, ACT updated its Reading test to include a synthesis passage. This type of passage features two short passages instead of one long one, and students are asked to connect the dots between the two texts. Students who aren’t familiar with the format can be thrown off, so we’ve […]

Six ACT Prep Videos for the Final Hours

Published on Monday, January 21st, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #10 Trying to cram in some extra ACT prep? These six “ACT Blitz” videos each clock in at less than two minutes and remind your students about essential strategies that can make the difference of a point or more on test day. 1: ACT Strategy: It’s All in the Timing Time limits […]

Three Punctuation Tips for Higher ACT Scores

Published on Monday, January 14th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #9 Punctuation makes up nearly 15% of your students’ ACT English scores, and it can influence their answers in another 10% of the questions. It’s important. Period. (Yes, we put the pun in punctuation!) Here are three easy tips for adding an exclamation point to your students’ ACT English scores: 1: No […]

ACT English Time Management: 3 Tips You Should Know

Published on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 by

Time management is by far one of the most important factors in successfully completing the ACT, yet it remains a struggle for many students. That’s why we’ve made this series of time management tips for each section of the ACT. In today’s post, we’ll break down time management tips for the English section. Learn them, […]

Six Ways to Squeeze in ACT Prep

Published on Monday, December 31st, 2018 by

ACT Chalk Talk #7 The ACT is a few months away, but that time can fly by. In this Chalk Talk, we share six ideas that have worked for school districts to squeeze ACT prep into already hectic schedules. 1: Use structured bell ringers. Start each class with a question of the day. Structure it […]

15 Tips for the ACT

Published on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 by

ACT got you a little freaked out? Nervous about spending several hours taking a test? Considering just filling in the blanks randomly and hoping for the best? We’re here to help. We know the ACT can be intimidating. That’s why we work hard to help you learn the skills and techniques you need to be fully […]

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 […]