There is no question that the best way to prepare for the ACT assessment is through rigorous coursework based on the College Readiness Standards and a solid ACT score correlates to a successful college freshman experience.
For this reason, preparation for an ACT is not just preparation for a college entrance exam but rather for college coursework itself since it’s tied to College Readiness and your ability to succeed as a freshman in college
Using your score to improve skills and understanding!
16-19 Score Range
Solve routine one-step arithmetic problems, such as single-step percent, and calculate a simple average of whole numbers
Perform computations on data from tables and graphs
20-23 Score Range
Solve routine two-step or three-step arithmetic problems involving concepts, such as rate and proportion, tax added, percentage off, computing an average with negative integers, and computing with a given average
Translate from one representation of data to another (e.g., a bar graph to a circle graph)
Describes the skills within a score range that a student is likely to know Suggestions to strengthen skills and understanding College Readiness Standards
Activities that may benefit students:
Do multistep computations with rational numbers
Gather, organize, display, and analyze data in a variety of ways
And statements that provide suggestions to progress to a higher level of achievement Statements that describe what students are likely to know and be able to do... ACT’s Standards for Transition helps students improve scores
To enable a student to truly illustrate his/her college and career readiness and mastery of core content unencumbered by the barriers inherent to standardized tests, including time sensitivity, test management, fatigue, pressure, and unfamiliarity with the exam
Fortunately, there are non-cognitive strategies that are systemic to standardized tests that can enable testers to better illustrate their true abilities so they can turn their “poor testing into a positive”
Since it’s Curriculum-Based, it is Somewhat Predictable Since the exam draws from a body of knowledge that doesn’t substantially change over time, it is limited in the variety of questions it can ask. Therefore, knowledge of the College Readiness Standards is the test’s best preparation
Answer the questions in blocks of ten on your test and then transfer to the bubble sheet in one action – this shaves off about 8 seconds per question, which may translate into a tester’s ability to answer an additional TWO questions per section, which may translate to time for an additional two questions
Start answering one-to-one at the five minute mark
Reserve the last couple of minutes to make sure all your bubbles are filled in (no penalty for guessing)
215 questions on the test. Answer 125 correctly and you achieve the national mean. On most tests, 55% correct equals a fail. On the ACT, 55% represents the national mean. The key is determining the “right” questions to spend your time on
Therefore, it’s important to recognize and answer the easier questions correctly while saving the most difficult questions for last. Test questions “basically” and slightly goe from easiest to hardest although this can be personal and there are exception that we’ll discuss
In other words, you sometimes need to sacrifice to succeed. Recognize the difficult questions, save them, guess if unsure, and live to fight another, more winnable battle
The test does have some distracter answers, so when you think you’re making a good guess, you may be picking the exact wrong answer they want you to
Based on the passage, what does the author mean by the word “diorama?” A. Dramatic B. Miniature C. Equal D. Theatrical A and D may be distracters since they could could both be related to logical conclusions you could draw from Diorama.
Questions “tend” to proceed from easier to more difficult although this distinction can be largely personal. You must recognize what’s easier or harder for YOU regardless of its number
The test will typically throw in one REALLY difficult question/s early to slow you down and cause frustration
Typically, you can judge difficulty by how many steps are involved: one or two; vs. two or three; vs. three or more
Hard Question 41.Four carpenters each built an average of 42 chairs last week. If no chairs were left uncompleted, and if Peter, who built 50 chairs, built the greatest number of chairs, what is the least number of chairs one of the carpenters could have built, if no carpenter built a fractional number of chairs? Question 22 has two steps whereas question 41 has four steps. Therefore, question 41 might be a good one to save Medium Question 22.Four carpenters built an average of 42 chairs each last week. If Cynthia built 36 chairs, Nancy built 74 chairs, and Kevin built 13 chairs, how many chairs did Peter build?
When asked to solve for x, then try “working backwards” from your answers choices (assuming you don’t know the equation) always starting with the middle answer choice, this way you’ll never have to plug in more than two choices
When not asked to solve for a particular variable you can “plug-in” reasonable numbers
2 . If $600 was deposited in a bank account for one year and earned interest of $42, what was the interest rate? F . 6.26% G . 7.00% H . 8.00% I . 9.00% K . 9.50%
If you know the equation, use it. If you don’t know the equation, then backsolve from the answers
Start with H so depending on the answer you only have to work in one direction
Does 8% of 600 = $42? No – it equals 48 so you’ll want to move down to 7%
Does 7% of 600 = $42? Yes – it does equal 42 so you have your answer
Testers have approximately 9 minutes per passage if they’re going to attempt all four. With this time pressure and the existence of a “tough” passage, testers will typically make several careless errors while rushing through easier passages just to get to the tough passage, which they’ll typically do very poorly on regardless of the amount of time they invest
If testers choose to concentrate on three passages, they have almost 12 minutes per passage, thus they’ll probably make fewer careless errors. Assuming the tester guesses into 25% on the tough passage, this tester will achieve a score in the top 10 percentile of the country by only concentrating on three passages and guessing on the fourth
Of course, this strategy must be used with discretion dependent upon the tester’s realistic target score
ACT is careful to avoid correct answers that represent extreme views
Preferred Answer Choice words:
may, can, should, usually, some
Questionable Answer Choice Words:
always, never, will, must, unquestionably
18. Based on the passage, how does the author feel about the work of Langston Hughes? A . He was the greatest black author of his time B . His appeal was universal C . He was one of the greatest authors of the 20 th century D . His work only appealed to Americans
2010-11 ACT National Test Dates * September test dates is now available nationwide. Test Date Registration Late Reg Deadline Deadline April 10, 2010 March 5, 2010 Mar 6-19, 2010 June 12, 2010 May 7, 2010 May 8-21, 2010 Sept. 11, 2010 Oct. 23, 2010 Dec. 11, 2010 Feb. 12, 2011 April 9, 2011 June 11, 2011 Registration deadlines for 2010-2011 will be posted on the Web www.actstudent.org in March 2010.
ACT $33.00 ACT Plus Optional Writing $48.00* Late registration additional $21.00 Standby testing additional $41.00 Additional Score Reports $9.00 Early Scores on the Web No charge * The $15.00 Optional Writing Test fee is refundable if a student is absent or the test option is changed before the test begins. Fee waivers are available for The ACT and The ACT Plus Writing How Much Does the ACT Cost? NEW
When Will I Get My Scores? Your score report will arrive three to seven weeks after you’ve taken the ACT exam.
It’s up to you! Nationwide, about 1/3 of students who take the ACT also retest. Of those, 55% increased their composite score, 22% had no change, and 23% decreased their composite score. Should I Retest?
If I retest, can I choose which results to send to colleges? YES! You may select which ACT test to send to colleges. However, you must send the entire student report which includes subscores and your composite score, and the Writing Test score (if you take the Writing Test).