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The Fastest
ACT Prep Class
In the History of the World
L e s s a S c h e r r e r
S y l va n L e a r n i n g o f E a u C l ...
ACT Success
Strategies
N e v e r L e a v e a n A n s w e r B l a n k !
1
Why ACT?
This year, ACT is more stable
and predictable than SAT
ACT Strategy
!  Timing: Generally 36 sec./question
!  Attack: Reading comprehension
!  Special Skills: identify question t...
NEVER LEAVE A
QUESTION BLANK ON
THE ACT!!!
“
The Reading
Section
A r t s / H u m a n i t i e s , S c i e n c e s
2
Reading
Strategy
!  Timing: 3 min mark-up,
6 min questions (36 sec/?)
!  Attack: Passage first, then questions
!  Special ...
The ACT is an
open book test!
It has to be, otherwise it’s
not standardized.
Marking up
Marking up
Marking up
Question Types
!  Paraphrase: 75%
!  Inference: 25%
!  Roman Numerals: mini T/F quiz
!  Phrase-in-context: 2 lines above
a...
What can you
conclude/infer …?
What is implied …?
“
-ACT Reading Section,
inference questions
	
  
Even if it’s
true, it’s wrong
If it’s not mentioned in the passage
The English
Section
G r a m m a r a n d R h e t o r i c
3
English
Strategy
!  Timing: 36 sec/question
!  Attack: Paragraph by paragraph
!  Special Skill: thinking on two levels
!  ...
Usage/Mechanics
!  Sentence Structure
!  Verbs
!  Pronouns
!  Misplaced Modifiers
!  Review comma & apostrophe use
, and

;

.
Modifying
Phrases
, from a poor family,
(from a poor family)
--from a poor family--
	
  
Alwaysinpairs!
	
  
John threw the ball
John threw | ball
John threw the ball
John threw | ball
S. V. D.O.
Modifiers (Adj. Adv. Prep.)
-ACT English Test
Too much rain in a
single season hurts
businesses as if it
decreases the
tourist trade.
“
-ACT English Test
Too much rain in a
single season hurts
businesses because
it decreases the
tourist trade.
“
Too much rain in a single
season hurts businesses because
it decreases the tourist trade.
rain hurts businesses
season
Jane loves pizza

more than me.
Jane loves pizza more than I.
Subjective

(subject of
sentence)
Objective

(object) 

“to _____”
1st person I Me
2nd person You You
3rd person He, she,
...
Rhetorical
Skills
!  Sentence Structure
!  Organization
!  Clarity
T	
  
T	
  
F
T	
  
F	
  
T	
  
Misplaced
Modifiers
The Science
Section
T h i n k i n g l i k e a S c i e n t i s t
4
Science
Strategy
!  Timing: generally 36 sec/question
!  Attack: Read data first, then passage
if needed
!  Special Skills...
Passage Types
!  Data Analysis
!  Research Summary
!  Dueling Hypothesis
Data Analysis
Research
Summary
Think like a
scientist
Think Like a
Scientist
!  Strong/weak points
!  Results valid?
!  New evidence?
!  Does data support results?
Even if it’s
true, it’s wrong
If it’s not mentioned in the passage
The trick to the
dueling hypothesis
passage is keeping
the hypotheses
straight.
“
The Math
Section
P r e - a l g e b ra t h r o u g h Tr i g
5
Math Strategy
!  Timing: 1 minute/question
!  Attack: Do the easy ones first!
!  Special Skills: Memorize formulas
(area, ...
Special
Strategies
!  Pick-and-choose numbers
!  Pick-and-choose answers
!  Don’t use your calculator on circle
problems!
A	
  X	
  N	
  =	
  T	
  
A	
  	
  X	
  7	
  =	
  651	
  
92	
  X	
  6=	
  552	
  
A	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  =	...
Triangles
!  Right triangles
!  Pythagorean Theorem
!  3-4-5 right triangles
!  45-45-90 and 30-60-90
The Writing
Section
T i m e d Pe r s u a s i v e E s s a y
6
Writing
Strategy
!  Timing: 5 min brainstorming
22 minutes writing
3 minutes conclusion
!  Attack: Use the prompt to get g...
Pictureofa
perfectessay
Hook

Context: Why do we care?
Thesis: What do you think?
Transition, first point
Transition, seco...
Readers are
looking for
!  General to specific examples
!  Transitions
!  Context/counterargument
!  Variety of sentence s...
Questions?
Now what do I do?
Sarah.Davis@SylvanCenter.org
LessaScherrer@yahoo.com
PRACTICE,PRACTICE,PRACTICE!

Visit:
Sylvanprep.com
The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World
The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World
The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World
The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World
The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World
The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World
The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World
The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World
The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World
The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World
The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World
The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World
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The Fastest ACT Prep Class in the History of the World

  1. 1. The Fastest ACT Prep Class In the History of the World L e s s a S c h e r r e r S y l va n L e a r n i n g o f E a u C l a i r e
  2. 2. ACT Success Strategies N e v e r L e a v e a n A n s w e r B l a n k ! 1
  3. 3. Why ACT? This year, ACT is more stable and predictable than SAT
  4. 4. ACT Strategy !  Timing: Generally 36 sec./question !  Attack: Reading comprehension !  Special Skills: identify question type
  5. 5. NEVER LEAVE A QUESTION BLANK ON THE ACT!!! “
  6. 6. The Reading Section A r t s / H u m a n i t i e s , S c i e n c e s 2
  7. 7. Reading Strategy !  Timing: 3 min mark-up, 6 min questions (36 sec/?) !  Attack: Passage first, then questions !  Special Skills: skim, scan, markup
  8. 8. The ACT is an open book test! It has to be, otherwise it’s not standardized.
  9. 9. Marking up
  10. 10. Marking up
  11. 11. Marking up
  12. 12. Question Types !  Paraphrase: 75% !  Inference: 25% !  Roman Numerals: mini T/F quiz !  Phrase-in-context: 2 lines above and below
  13. 13. What can you conclude/infer …? What is implied …? “ -ACT Reading Section, inference questions  
  14. 14. Even if it’s true, it’s wrong If it’s not mentioned in the passage
  15. 15. The English Section G r a m m a r a n d R h e t o r i c 3
  16. 16. English Strategy !  Timing: 36 sec/question !  Attack: Paragraph by paragraph !  Special Skill: thinking on two levels !  OMIT is correct >50% of the time when offered. No change 20-25%
  17. 17. Usage/Mechanics !  Sentence Structure !  Verbs !  Pronouns !  Misplaced Modifiers !  Review comma & apostrophe use
  18. 18. , and
 ;
 .
  19. 19. Modifying Phrases , from a poor family, (from a poor family) --from a poor family--   Alwaysinpairs!  
  20. 20. John threw the ball John threw | ball
  21. 21. John threw the ball John threw | ball S. V. D.O. Modifiers (Adj. Adv. Prep.)
  22. 22. -ACT English Test Too much rain in a single season hurts businesses as if it decreases the tourist trade. “
  23. 23. -ACT English Test Too much rain in a single season hurts businesses because it decreases the tourist trade. “
  24. 24. Too much rain in a single season hurts businesses because it decreases the tourist trade. rain hurts businesses season
  25. 25. Jane loves pizza
 more than me. Jane loves pizza more than I.
  26. 26. Subjective
 (subject of sentence) Objective
 (object) 
 “to _____” 1st person I Me 2nd person You You 3rd person He, she, it, who, one Him, her, it, whom, one 1st person We Us 2nd person You You 3rd person They Them SingularPluralPronouns
  27. 27. Rhetorical Skills !  Sentence Structure !  Organization !  Clarity
  28. 28. T  
  29. 29. T   F
  30. 30. T   F   T  
  31. 31. Misplaced Modifiers
  32. 32. The Science Section T h i n k i n g l i k e a S c i e n t i s t 4
  33. 33. Science Strategy !  Timing: generally 36 sec/question !  Attack: Read data first, then passage if needed !  Special Skills: reading charts & graphs
  34. 34. Passage Types !  Data Analysis !  Research Summary !  Dueling Hypothesis
  35. 35. Data Analysis
  36. 36. Research Summary Think like a scientist
  37. 37. Think Like a Scientist !  Strong/weak points !  Results valid? !  New evidence? !  Does data support results?
  38. 38. Even if it’s true, it’s wrong If it’s not mentioned in the passage
  39. 39. The trick to the dueling hypothesis passage is keeping the hypotheses straight. “
  40. 40. The Math Section P r e - a l g e b ra t h r o u g h Tr i g 5
  41. 41. Math Strategy !  Timing: 1 minute/question !  Attack: Do the easy ones first! !  Special Skills: Memorize formulas (area, triangle sides, exponents, etc.)
  42. 42. Special Strategies !  Pick-and-choose numbers !  Pick-and-choose answers !  Don’t use your calculator on circle problems!
  43. 43. A  X  N  =  T   A    X  7  =  651   92  X  6=  552   A                  =      99  
  44. 44. Triangles !  Right triangles !  Pythagorean Theorem !  3-4-5 right triangles !  45-45-90 and 30-60-90
  45. 45. The Writing Section T i m e d Pe r s u a s i v e E s s a y 6
  46. 46. Writing Strategy !  Timing: 5 min brainstorming 22 minutes writing 3 minutes conclusion !  Attack: Use the prompt to get going !  Write more, think less
  47. 47. Pictureofa perfectessay Hook
 Context: Why do we care? Thesis: What do you think? Transition, first point Transition, second point Transition, refutation Transition, 
 restatement of thesis Context: Where do we 
 go from here?
 Zinger
  48. 48. Readers are looking for !  General to specific examples !  Transitions !  Context/counterargument !  Variety of sentence structure !  Strong point of view!
  49. 49. Questions?
  50. 50. Now what do I do? Sarah.Davis@SylvanCenter.org LessaScherrer@yahoo.com PRACTICE,PRACTICE,PRACTICE!
 Visit: Sylvanprep.com

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