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HIGH SCHOOL ACT

PREPARATION FOR SCIENCE


AND SOCIAL STUDIES
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What the ACT looks like…….
Test Questions Time Content
English 75 45 Measures standard
written English and
rhetorical skills.
Math 60 60 Measures mathematical
skills students have
typically acquired in
courses taken up to the
beginning of grade 12.
Reading 40 35 Measures reading
comprehension.
Science 40 35 Measures the
interpretation, analysis,
evaluation, reasoning,
and problem-solving skills
required in the natural
sciences.
Optional Writing Test 1 prompt 30 Measures writing skills
emphasized in high school
English classes and in
entry-level college
http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/descriptions/ composition courses.
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Why and what are we trying to
accomplish?
 Help all students  Expose students to
improve their general new, rich, and rigorous
knowledge about the vocabulary terms on a
ACT Reading test. daily, weekly, or
 Pre-expose students to trimester basis.
timing, font size, and  Teacher friendly.
test format.
 Practice, Practice,
Practice!
GE Practices
 1….teacher models  7. Enriched
desired behaviors vocabulary…
 3. ….whole group  11. Word identification
instruction skills are used as a
 4. …..Connected to foundation….
subsequent curricula  14. All students
 5. Critical Thinking Skills experience success…
are taught  15. …holds high
 6. …conducive to risk expectations
taking  17. Celebrating
success…
ACT Reading

 There are 4 passages, with a total


of 40 multiple choice questions.
 Students are given 35 minutes for
the reading test. That is about 8
minutes and 30 seconds per
passage, answering10 MC
questions.
What the reading test looks like…….
Content Area Subject Number of Questions % of Test
Prose Fiction Novel or Short Story 10 25
Social Studies Anthropology, archaeology, 10 25
business, economics, education,
geography, history, political
science, psychology, and
sociology
Humanities Architecture, art, dance, ethics, 10 25
film, language, literary criticism,
music, philosophy, radio,
television, and theater.
Natural Science Anatomy, astronomy, biology, 10 25
botany, chemistry, ecology,
geology, medicine, meteorology,
microbiology, natural history,
physiology, physics, technology,
and zoology.

Passages
750 Words/two pages in a
typical book
Nice and Easy……..

 Classroom Ideas
 Entrance/Exit Activities
 ACT Vocabulary Terms
 Pair-Share Activity
 Matching Game
 Whole Hour
 1 complete reading test with rules
 Timer
 Grade
 Computer Lab
 ACT Practice test
You Tube can help…..
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-Hwkkoo6wc
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JOQIW3BYXo
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Science Format
 The scientific information is presented in one of
three different formats:
 data representation (graphs, tables, and other
schematic forms)
 research summaries (descriptions of one or more
related experiments)
 conflicting viewpoints (expressions of several related
hypotheses or views that are inconsistent with one
another)
 http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/descriptions/scicontent.html
Breakdown of the Science portion

Content Area Number of Number of % of Test


Questions Passages
Data 15 2 38%
Representation
Research 18 3 45%
Summaries

Conflicting 7 1 17%
Viewpoints
The questions require students to…
 recognize and understand the basic features of,
and concepts related to, the provided information
 examine critically the relationship between the
information provided and the conclusions drawn or
hypotheses developed
 generalize from given information and draw
conclusions, gain new information, or make
predictions

 http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/descriptions/scidescript.html
Science Preparations
 Practice Tests
 Michigan e-library http://mel.org/
 Resource Books
 ACT Website

 Scholarly Journals
 National Geographic Magazine
 Discovery Education Website
 Books ( i.e. Inviting Disaster)

 YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8ZPkI2aPsY