When in Doubt, Don’t Charlie Out

Published on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #19 The proctor announces, “Five minutes left.” Your students’ eye towers of empty bubbles on their answer sheets. Panic sets in. It’s for moments like these that the conventional wisdom has evolved: “Guess C.” Or, more colorfully, “When in doubt, Charlie out.” You give your students a panic button to mash, a […]

Why Students Struggle on the ACT

Published on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #17 The first step to improving scores is understanding why they aren’t as high as they should be. Students’ scores are typically held down by one of four things:  1: Time Management The ACT is a timed test. Students who can answer questions more quickly and have more disciplined pacing are more […]

Cheating the College Admissions Process

Published on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #16 The ACT and SAT have been plastered across headlines for the past couple weeks as federal prosecution of a college admissions cheating operation expands to fifty people, including actress Lori Loughlin of Full House fame. [Link] Famous, wealthy individuals stacked the deck for their children by bribing university officials and getting a helping […]

Six Ideas for Squeezing In SAT Prep Before Your Test Date

Published on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 by

SAT Chalk Talk The SAT 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 SAT prep in to already hectic schedules. 1: Structured bell ringers. Start each class with a question of the day. Structure things so […]

Three Differences Between the ACT and the SAT

Published on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #15 Are some of your students weighing taking the SAT instead of the ACT? Here are three important differences between the two tests… Math Emphasis On the SAT, math makes up half of your score. On the ACT, it’s only a fourth of your score. In other words, math is twice as […]

How an IQ Test Can Help Avoid Trap Answers on the ACT

Published on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #14 Students who approach the ACT with a careful mindset avoid trap answers and make less mistakes. But how can you teach them to approach the test differently? Give them the three question IQ test! A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. […]

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 […]