2 Today’s Purpose… Encourage test preparation Share basic strategies and tipsKnow what to expect on test day
3 What is the ACT? 3 hour exam (+ 1/2 hour for writing) Used for college admissionsTest of problem-solving skillsMay be taken 12 timesAverage PHS score – 23Highest PHS score – 34 of 36Similar in format to the EXPLORE and PLAN test you’ve already had.3
4 General Strategies Pace yourself Read directions and questions carefullyAnswer easy questions first, use logic formore difficult onesAttempt every question. Score is based onnumber of questions answered correctly.• Be precise in marking your answer document
5 Should I guess?Yes!With “5 minutes remaining”, give it your best logical guess.Process of elimination, back solve a problem, “C”
6 Night Before the Test… Get plenty of rest Gather the following: Admission ticketPhoto ID - driver license, school ID, etc.Watch w/o an alarmSharpened #2 pencils, eraserAppropriate calculatorSnack for break - granola bar, apple, etc.
7 Day of the Test Dress in layers for room temperature Eat a healthy breakfastTest starts promptly at 8 am, arrive by 7:45Come with a positive attitudeRelaxWhat type of clothing promotes your best work ethic: casual or dress? Know that you will work hard and leave mentally exhausted.
8 English Math Reading Science Writing (optional) ACT Test SubjectsEnglish Math Reading Science Writing (optional)
9 English Test 45 minutes for 5 passages, 75 questions Usage/MechanicsPunctuationGrammar and UsageSentence StructureRhetorical SkillsStrategyOrganizationStyle
10 English Tips Be aware of the writing style used in each passage. Examine the underlined portions carefully.Note the differences in the answer choices, best one.Reread the sentence inserting your selected answer.
11 Math 60 minutes for 60 questions • Knowledge of basic formulas & computational skills• Problems can be solved without a calculator• Answering half of the questions right will give you a score of 20
12 Math Test Content Pre-algebra & elementary algebra – 40% Intermediate algebra & coordinate geometry – 30%Plane geometry – 23%Trigonometry – 7%Don’t know Trig? Don’t worry.Use the time on other math problems.
13 Reading Test 35 minutes for 4 passages, 40 questions Measures reading comprehensionContent of passages:Social Studies – history, geography, psychologyNatural Sciences – astronomy, botany, medicineProse Fiction – short stories or novelsHumanities – music, art, language, filmStart with your favorite. Score in the top 15% of test takers without looking at 4th passage.Spend 2-3 minutes reading the passage. Then about 35 seconds to answer each question.
14 Reading Skills Tested Questions will ask you to: Determine main ideas Locate and interpret significant detailsUnderstand sequences of eventsMake comparisonsComprehend cause-effect relationshipsDraw generalizationsAnalyze the author’s or narrator’s voice and methodDetermine meaning of context-dependent words, phrases, and statements.
15 Science Test 35 minutes for 40 questions The test assumes you have completed courses in physical science, biology and chemistryIt contains 7 sets of scientific information. The formats are:Data representation (graphs, tables, etc.)Research summaries (descriptions of experiments)Conflicting viewpoints (views that don’t match)Science requires that you are a good reader and can analyze data.
16 Writing Test (optional) 30 min. essay Essay is evaluated on your ability to…• Express judgment by taking a position• Maintain focus on the topic• Develop a position by using logical reasoning• Organize ideas in a logical way• Use language clearly and effectively
17 Writing Tips• Jot down ideas/reasons that you wish to include in your essay (pros and cons)• Formulate an opposing argument• Create an outline to determine the order…..then start your essaySpiderweb, graphic organizer to visually prepare your ideas
18 Finally…… Keep track of time – work efficiently Guess intelligently Review Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geom.Be careful with the answer gridTake the practice tests at homeFamiliarize yourself with the content and the timed tests.18
19 Practice Tests actstudent.org/sampletest/index/html wisconsinmentor.orgTestPrepWI.orgknowhow2gowisconsin.org19
20 Additional Practice• UW-Baraboo Saturday, March & November 8:30 - 4:00 $59 includes practice materials # • Kampen’s Elite Tutoring #20