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Slide 1 - ACT TESTMATH
Slide 2 - Test PREP
- BEFORE THE TEST
Slide 3 - PREPARING FOR TEST DAY
- Although what you know will determine how well you do on the ACT, your attitudes, emotions, and physical state may also influence your performance. The following tips will help you do your best:
- • Be confident in your ability to do well on the ACT. You can do well!
- • Be prepared to work hard. • Know what to expect on test day. Familiarize yourself with the information in this booklet, and at www.actstudent.org
- Take the practice tests in the exact order they are presented. Review your responses so you will feel comfortable about the approaching test day.
- • Prepare well in advance for the tests. Do not leave preparation to the last minute.
- • Get plenty of rest the night before the tests so you will be in good physical condition for taking them
Slide 5 - WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
- MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE
Slide 6 - DON’T FORGET TO BRING…
- Bring the following items with you to the test center:
- Your admission ticket (if you test on a National or International ACT Test Date).
- 2. Acceptable identification. If you have any questions about acceptable ID, call ACT Test Administration (319/337-1510) before test day.
- Picture time
Slide 7 - 3. Sharpened soft lead No. 2 pencils with good erasers (no mechanical pencils; no ink, ballpoint, or felt-tip pens).
- 4. A watch to pace yourself. Do not bring a watch with an alarm. You will not be allowed to set an alarm because it will disturb other students. If your alarm sounds during testing, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored.
- 5. A permitted calculator for the Mathematics Test, if you wish to use one. (See shaded section on page 5 and details about prohibited models and features at www.actstudent.org.)
Slide 8 - DO YOU GOT THAT???
- Admission Ticket
- 3- No. 2 Pencils
Slide 9 - ADMISSION TICKET
- If you register online, you must print your admission ticket from your ACT Web account. If you submit a registration folder, look for your admission ticket in the mail about 2 weeks after you mail your folder.
- • If you misplace your admission ticket or have not received it by 10 days before the test date, log in to your ACT Web account to print a copy, or call ACT Registration at 319/337-1270 for assistance (8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., M–F, central time).
Slide 10 - Test-Taking Strategies for the ACT
- The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in four areas:
- English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Each of
- these tests contains questions that offer either four or five
- answer choices from which you are to choose the correct,
- or best, answer. The following suggestions apply to all
- four tests:
Slide 11 - The time limits set for each test give nearly everyone enough time to finish all the questions. However, because the English, Reading, and Science Tests contain a considerable amount of text, it is important to pace yourself so you will not spend too much time on one passage. Similarly, try not to spend too much time puzzling over an answer to a specific problem in the Mathematics Test. Go on to the other questions and come back if there is time. Your supervisor will announce when you have five minutes remaining on each test.
- PACE YOURSELF
Slide 12 - READ EACH TEST DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY
- Before you begin taking one of the tests, read the directions carefully. The English, Reading, and Science Tests ask for the “best” answer. Do not respond as soon as you identify a correct answer. Read and consider all of the answer choices and choose the answer that best responds to the question. The Mathematics Test asks for the “correct” answer. Read each question carefully to make sure you understand the type of answer required. Then, you may want to work out the answer you feel is correct and look for it among the choices given. If your answer is not among the choices provided, reread the question and consider all of the answer choices.
Slide 13 - It is important that you understand what each question asks. Some questions will require you to go through several steps to find the correct or best answer, while others can be answered more quickly.
Slide 14 - ANSWER EASY QUESTIONS FIRST
- The best strategy for taking the tests is to answer the easy questions and skip the questions you find difficult. After answering all of the easy questions, go back and answer the more difficult questions if you have time.
Slide 15 - Use logic on more difficult questions.
- When you return to the more difficult questions, try to use logic to eliminate incorrect answers to a question. Compare the answer choices to each other and note how they differ. Such differences may provide clues as to what the question requires. Eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess from the remaining answers.
Slide 16 - Answer every question
- Your score on the tests will be based only on the number of questions that you answer correctly; there is no penalty for guessing. Thus, you should answer every question within the time allowed for each test, even if you have to guess. Your supervisor will announce when you have five minutes remaining on each test.
Slide 17 - REVIEW YOUR WORK
- If there is time left after you have answered every question in a test, go back and check your work on that test. Check to be sure that you marked only one response to each question. You will not be allowed to go back to any other test or mark responses to a test after time has been called on that test.
Slide 18 - Be precise in marking your answer document
- Be sure that you properly fill in the correct ovals on your answer document. Check to be sure that the number of the line of ovals on your answer document is the same as the number of the question you are answering and that you mark only one response for each question.
Slide 19 - ERASE COMPLETELY
- If you want to change a multiple-choice answer, be sure to use a soft eraser that will not leave smudges and erase the unintended mark completely. Do not cross out answers or use correction fluid or tape; you must erase. Correction fluid/tape, smudges, or unintended marks may cause errors in scoring.
Slide 20 - TEST DAY
Slide 21 - BE READY
- • If you are late, you may not be admitted to test. If you arrive earlier than 7:45 a.m., you will probably have to wait outside until testing personnel have completed their arrangements.
- • Be prepared for testing to start after all examinees present at 8:00 a.m. have been checked in and seated.
- • Dress comfortably. To conserve energy, your test center may be considerably warmer or cooler on weekends than during the week. Please dress so that you will be comfortable in a variety of temperatures.
Slide 22 - Be sure your calculator is working and has reliable batteries. You may bring a backup calculator and extra batteries to the test center
- • use it only during the Mathematics Test;
- • use your backup calculator only after it has been checked by a member of the testing staff; • do not share your calculator; and
- • do not store test materials in your calculator’s memory. If your calculator has characters one inch high or larger, or a raised display, testing staff may seat you where no other examinee can see your calculator
Slide 23 - ENGLISH TEST
Slide 24 - ENGLISH TEST
- The ACT English Test contains 75 questions to be completed in 45 minutes.
- If you spend 11 ⁄2 minutes skimming through each passage before responding to the questions, then you will have 30 seconds to answer each question.
- If possible, spend less time on each question and use the remaining time allowed for this test to review your work and return to the questions on this test that were most difficult for you.
- 6 AREAS OF STUDY
- PUNCTUATION 13%
- GRAMMAR & USAGE 16%
- SENTENCE STRUCTURE 24%
- STRATEGY 16%
- ORGANIZATION 15%
- STYLE 16%
Slide 25 - ACT ENGLISH PREP
- LETS BEGIN
Slide 27 - Take the practice English test.
Slide 29 - Math time
- Keep on pushing
Slide 30 - MATH TIP
- Do not linger over problems that take too much time. Solve as many as you can; then return to the others in the time you have left for this test.
Slide 31 - examples
- There will be all kinds of questions on the test, the best thing to do is to pick out the right ones for you.
Slide 32 - Logic
- Some questions are either really easy or really relatable to life as an adult.
- Questions about:
- Gas mileage
- Absolute value |4-5|= |-1|= 1 absolute value answers are always positive
- The ones of these that would take a long time to answer are the ones you want to circle and skip to come back when you have time. You know how to do it and you recognize it will take a while. Spend extra time here as another free correct answer.
Slide 37 - Ready…
- These are just examples of two tests to help you get into the groove of answering these types of questions.
- These questions will change.
- Click to move on
Slide 38 - Algebra
- Easy number puzzles. These are the kinds of problems that you will want to CHEAT WITH THE ANSWERS by plugging them into the original eauation.
Slide 42 - Test time
- Shortly you will go back through the practice test.
- This time pick out those questions that you are sure to get right.
Slide 43 - a + b = a + b, 1a = a
- a x b = ab, 1a x 2b = 2ab
- a a
- --- = ----- a[(2-a) + 1]= a × (2-a) + 1
- b b
- a a
- ----- = 1 ------- = undefined
- a 0
- Unknown variables
Slide 44 - 2 + b = 2 + b, 1a = a
- a x 3 = 3a, 1a x 2b = 2ab
- 1 1
- --- = ----- a[(2-a) + 1]= a × (2-a) + 1
- 2b 2b
- 3 1
- ----- = 1 ------- = undefined
- 3 0
Slide 45 - a[(2-a) + 1]= a × (2-a) + 1
- F.o.i.l. Method
Slide 46 - You already know this.
- 2. 4x3× 3xy2× 2xy2 is equivalent to:
- F. 9x3y4
- G. 9x5y4
- H. 24x3y4
- J. 24x5y4
- K. 24x5y6
- Its all multiplication. Just multiply “like terms”.
- ( 4 x 3 x 2 = 24 )
- REMEMBER, just add exponents on unknown variables
- ( x3 + x1 + x 1 = x5 )
- ( y2 + y2 = y4 )
- x2 =
Slide 47 - 7. The expression a[(b − c) + d] is equivalent to:
- A. ab + ac + ad
- B. ab − ac + d
- C. ab − ac + ad
- D. ab − c + d
- E. a − c + d
Slide 48 - 34. If b = a + 3, then (a − b)4 = ?
- F. 81
- G. 27
- H. −3
- J. −27
- K. −81
Slide 50 - Time to try
- Time to practice with a paper test