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Mrs. Michelle Jones
Acc. Eng, II, AP Lang & Comp, PSAT, FCCLA, Pony Express, Ultimate Frisbee
662-890-2490 ext. 1609

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Acc. English II, AP Lang. & Comp.

Michelle Jones
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MLA Citation Guide
ACT in the REGULAR CLASSROOM vs. the TEST PREP CLASSROOM

ACT SUCCESS:  Good Grades, Not Test Practice - research summary from the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago/Urban Education Institute

ACT Test Prep

    ACT Online Prep™ The only test preparation program designed exclusively by ACT test development professionals!
    The Real ACT Prep Guide
    The official ACT prep guide—the only one that includes five actual retired ACT tests—each with an optional Writing Test.
    ACT Question of the Day
    Each day we post a new ACT Test practice question.
    Preparing for the ACT(PDF; 80 pages, 1,075KB) or Preparación para el examen de ACT(PDF; 86 pages, 1.18MB)
    A free student preparation booklet available from most high schools and colleges—includes test information, complete practice tests with scoring keys, and a writing prompt with sample essays.
    Practice test questions
    Test tips
    Test descriptions

ACT's "Preparing for the Act" BOOKLET and PRACTICE TEST

Booklet includes test tips and full practice test and key.
2011-2012 Practice Test Booklet
2007-2008 Practice Test Booklet
 
FREE ONLINE PRACTICE PROGRAMS
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Number2.com

Number2.com's online test preparation courses for ACT, SAT, and GRE are totally free! By creating an account you can access a customized course that includes user-friendly tutorials, practice sessions that dynamically adapt to each student's ability level, a vocabulary builder, and more... ENROLL
Parents, teachers, and counselors can monitor a student's progress by viewing real-time reports. Click here to learn more.

Learning Express Library - Free Access to Practice Tests at Home or at Your Local Library

To get started:
Click on "Learning Express Library" in the Quick Links box or from the Online Resources page.  If you are a new user, click "Register".  You will need a library card from the First Regional Library. The card is free but you must have an adult with you to apply for one.
LEL provides practice for many skills including:
 
·         Math and Reasoning Skills Improvement
·         Reading Comprehension Skills Improvement
·         Vocabulary and Spelling Skills Improvement
·         Writing and Grammar Skills Improvement
·         ACT Preparation
·         Advanced Placement (AP) Preparation
·         CLEP Preparation
·         PSAT/NMSQT Preparation
·         SAT Preparation
·         THEA Preparation (Math)
·         TOEFL iBT Preparation (ENGLISH)
·         Technical and Career College Skills
·         Computer Skills
·         GET Preparation
·         Job Search and Workplace Skills
·         U.S. Citizenship
·         Jobs & Careers
·         And more!
March 2 Success
March 2 Success

The U.S. Army has teamed with Peterson's to provide free online class and test prep assistance for ACT, SAT, and State Standardized Tests.  Parents can track students and monitor their progress online.  Teachers and counselors can monitor a small number of students, too, although the program is not designed to be used by teachers in a classroom setting.

FREE PRACTICE TESTS and PREP MATERIALS from TEST PREP COMPANIES

They generally require registration.

4Tests
KAPLAN
McGRAW HILL
PETERSON
PRINCETON REVIEW
SPARKNOTES
TEST FRENZY
Test-Guide.com
TestPrepPractice.net
 
TAM-N-TANGIA'S ACT WORKSHOP GOODIES

ACT Mini Lesson Workbook 2012 TEACHER
ACT  Mini Lesson Workbook 2012 STUDENT
ACT Practice Test 1 (2010-2011)
ACT Practice Test 2 (2007-2008)
ACT Practice Test 3 (2004-2005)
ACT Released Tests Segmentation
ACT Training Workshop 7-16

FULL ACT PPT SLIDES (see documents)
ACT Intro
ACT English
ACT Math
ACT Reading 2011
ACT Science
ACT Writing

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SKILLS AND DRILLS:
GLENCOE's ACT/SAT Prep Workbook pdf
Learning Express's ACT Exam Success pdf
 
MATH:
 
ACT Math Facts and Formulas
Just Math Tutoring
INTERACTIVE Lessons   Go to STATISTICS section and check out IMPOSSIBLE GRAPHS activity
MATH PLANET - If you run into problems and need review, this site features links to crash courses in algebra and geometry!
MATHWRIGHT - For SERIOUS MATHLETES ONLY- INTERACTIVE math texts , but program downloads required for demos!
Math Online - Practice test links
Math Drills - Need practice factoring polynomials, working with time/distance/rate problems, etc.?  Well, here you go!
Math Grid-in and MC Practice
SAAB.org :  Vocabulary and Math Drills and Tests
Eric the Red Math Tutor
about.com's ACT Math Practice Test 1
Brightstorm:  Math video tutorials  
 
 
ENGLISH:
Interactive Grammar & Usage Quizzes
Purdue University:  The OWL - Grammar & Writing Instruction & Practice
Idiom List from The Critical Reader
Learning Express's ACT English Exam Success samples pdf
about.com's ACT ENGLISH QUIZ
 
VOCABULARY:
VOCABULARY UNIVERSITY
Knewton's SAT Vocabulary for Real Life
100 Top SAT Vocabulary Words
SparkNotes 250 Toughest SAT Words
SparkNotes 1000 Most Common Sat Words
PERNICIOUS PAIRS / NOTABLE CONFUSABLES
New York Times  Word-of-the-Day
VocabAhead Videos
VocabVideos
 
CRITICAL READING:
What is Critical Reading?
How to Practice Active Reading
Critical Reading of an Essay's Argument
Quick Critical Reading Practice
501 Critical Reading Questions pdf
How to Write Critical Reading Questions  (7 types)
Learning Express's Reading Comprehension Study Guide  at education.com
   This site has obvious value to English teachers.  But many clickable links to sections like "READING GRAPHICS PRACTICE EXERCISES" are useful in science and social studies, as well.  Also, it offers at least 3 sets of practice exercises in various areas, including:
    Arts and Humanities Critical Reading Practice Set 1
    Science and Nature Critical Reading Practice Set 1
    Social Studies Critical Reading Practice Set 1
    U.S. History and Politics Critical Reading Practice Set 1
Critical Reading in U.S. History:  Johnson's Great Society  pdf
U.S. Government Course Review with Critical Reading Questions  pdf
TX 2003 Social Studies Assessment  (U.S. TAKS)
TX 2006 Social Studies Assessment  (U.S. TAKS)
TX 2003 Social Studies Assessment  (World TAKS)
TX 2006 Social Studies Assessment (World TAKS)
ACT Guided Highlighted Reading (Social Science) - America's Homeless in America
     America's Homeless in America - Practice Test
     America's Homeless in America - Key
     America's Homeless in America - Guided Highlighted Reading
ACT Guided Highlighted Reading (Natural Science) - The Health Effects of Caffeine
     The Health Effects of Caffeine - Practice Test
     The Health Effects of Caffeine - Key
     The Health Effects of Caffeine - Guided Highlighted Reading  
ACT Practice Tests - Humanities
     The History of Jazz - Practice Test
     The History of Jazz - Key
 
 
SCIENCE REASONING:
Sample Science Reasoning Test
The ACT Science Myth
Motion Graphs
CHEMISTRY:  Guided Reading
EARTH SCIENCE: Guided Reading
The PHYSICS Classroom ACT Center
GAPMINDER WORLD - download statistical tool and manipulate data
ACT Science Glossary ACT Science Glossary
Instant ACT Science Reasoning Test JEOPARDY
4 Science Tricks to Boost Your Score

WRITING:
ACT Writing Rubric
ACT Educator's Guide to the Writing Test
Swiftpens ACT Writing Guide
 
 
BOOKS & GUIDES:
*AMSCO MATH AND SCIENCE REASONING
     AMSCO MATH AND SCIENCE REASONING  (sample)
*AMSCO READING AND WRITING
     AMSCO READING AND WRITING  (sample)
*THE REAL ACT PREP GUIDE
HAPPY SCHOOLS BLOG:  Top Ten ACT Prep Books Links  (Please note that the big red book is the only prep text sanctioned by act.org.  It's always better to use the "real deal" when you can!)
 
*indicates books we use in our test prep course.
 
ACT SCORE ANALYSIS SPREADSHEET:  
SPREADSHEET from THE SCORE HIGH MOVEMENT
 
GAMES:
Play ZERO HOUR THREAT   from MY COLLEGE OPTIONS
ACT Big Board Game - ThisJeopardy style practice game covers all sections. Please note that sometimes it's hard to locate the SHOW ANSWER button because they HTML link gets shifted during editing. Just move the mouse around until the pointer cursor becomes a finger. Sometimes the link is closer to the little eraser at the bottom right than the actual words.
 
TOOLS:
DATA VISUALIZATION - article and links
GAPMINDER WORLD - download statistical tool and manipulate data
BUBBLE SHEET GENERATOR - generates custom answer sheets
 
VIDEOS:
Knewton
Test Prep Authority
Kaplan
Brightstorm
 
ACT BOOKMARKS (printable)
ACT TEST SECTIONS BOOKMARK (see Documents)
ACT READING STRATEGIES *This is a good bookmark, but PLEASE NOTE that it does have one erroneous claim. Readingquestions are NOT arranged in order of difficulty! The four trig questions do come near the end on the math section, but the questions for English, Reading, and Science Reasoning are NOT arranged in order of difficulty. Students should answer the questions which they find easiest first.
ACT READING PASSAGE TYPES
CRITICAL READING
GENERAL SCIENCE