ISHS Cracking the ACT, v1


0.5 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor Information:


Instructor Name: Marni & Thomas Herrington


Phone: 662.202.4911


Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending an email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line (ie, AP Art History).

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138

Course Description

This course is designed to set up a structured environment to help students study for and practice taking the ACT. This course will cover all angles of the ACT test and is designed to not only provide information on what the test covers and instruction on how to do the material, but also to provide helpful hints on how to be a better test-taker.

Textbook Information:

Required Textbook:

The Princeton Review, Cracking the ACT: 2009 edition

ISBN-13: 978-0375428999

The ACT is made up of several different areas of study - English, Science, Reading and Math. There is also an optional essay portion. Any school textbook on these subjects will provide information that will help you on this test. An English I or English II textbook would be most beneficial because it covers grammar. As for the math section, it covers basic math all the way through trigonometry, so any books that cover these topics may be found helpful.

Another suggested 'text' is to access Log in using the information provided to you when you enrolled in this class. This set of videos will help you understand math really well and is a good change from the text of the book.

It is the student's responsibility to order his or her textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.
You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

Students will review material covered on the ACT.
Students will learn new material covered on the ACT.
Students will learn testing strategies that are unique for the ACT.
Students will practice for the test by taking online quizzes.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 23 instructional modules (or chapters).


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

1: Introduction to the ACT

Chapter 1, presentation
Practice Quiz

2: Triage

Chapter 2, presentation
Practice Quiz

3: Guessing and POE

Chapter 3, presentation
Practice Quiz

4: Taking the ACT

Chapter 4
Practice Quiz
5: Introduction to the ACT English Test Chapter 5, presentation, review, notes
Practice Quiz

6: Sentence Structure and Punctuation

Chapter 6, presentation, review, notes
Practice Quiz

7: Grammar and Usage

Chapter 7, presentation, review, notes
Practice Quiz

8: Rhetorical Skills

Chapter 8, notes
Practice Quiz
9: Introduction to the ACT Mathematics Test Chapter 9, review, notes
Practice Quiz

10: Basics

Chapter 10, review
Practice Quiz

11: Arithmetic

Chapter 11, review, notes
Practice Quiz
12: Algebra Chapter 12, review, notes
Practice Quiz

13: Geometry

Chapter 13, review
Practice Quiz

14: Graphing and Coordinate Geometry

Chapter 14, review
Practice Quiz
15: Trigonometry Chapter 15, review
Practice Quiz
16: Introduction to the ACT Reading Test Chapter 16, review
Practice Quiz
17: Distracters Chapter 17, review
Practice Quiz

18: The Four-Step System

Chapter 18, review
Practice Quiz
Prose Fiction Practice
Practice Quiz
19: Introduction to the ACT Science Reasoning Test Chapter 19, review
20: Charts and Graphs Chapter 20, review, notes
Practice Quiz
21: Experiments Chapter 21, review, notes
Practice Quiz
22: Fighting Scientists Chapter 22, review, notes
Practice Quiz
23: The Essay Chapter 23, review, notes
Final Exam ACT Practice Exam



93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F


Grading Policy:

  • Each student is expected to complete each quiz and each student is required to do his/her own work.
  • Grades will be based on the quizzes.
  • If a student is found to be cheating, he/she will be given a zero on the assignment in question

Exam Policy:

  • At the end of the course, the student will be required to take a online practice test. This test will serve as the final exam.
  • The practice ACT test will be graded on effort and not based on a percentage of the total because we realize that each student is at a different place in his/her studies.
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