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ACT Crash Course

With Shmoop's ACT crash course, your pencils may be #2, but you'll be #1.

If what you need is an outlined plan to cram every Test Prep strategy imaginable in the form of a short course that you can do with your mom or your teacher, this is what you want. This ACT Crash Course will take you by the hand and teach you exactly what you need to do and exactly when you need to do it in order to ace the ACT. In fact, taking this ACT Prep Course will make you so good at ACT strategery that you could write the test yourself.

Here’s what else you’ll get with your low-cost ACT Crash Course:

  • an outlined plan to take you through the 5 sections of the ACT exam: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing
  • killer test-taking strategies to ace each section
  • hundreds and hundreds of practice questions, each with a video explaining the question
  • videos reviewing major concepts and sample problems
  • two complete, timed practice exams
  • a virtual classroom interface where grades and work are organized, teachers can virtually communicate with students, and the class can discuss material through the discussion board

Teacher Benefits

If you’re an instructor looking for ways to put together a course for students (or just want to prove you can still get a perfect score of '36'), this course is also fully loaded with a virtual classroom interface to fit whatever situation you’re in. 

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Here's a sneak peek at a video from the course. BYOP (bring your own popcorn).

Course Breakdown

Unit 1. The ACT English Test

A review of the major concepts on the ACT English test + 20 drill sets = the ticket to ACT English mastery.

Unit 2. The ACT Mathematics Test

Complete coverage of ACT Math, from Pre-Algebra to Trigonometry, with over a hundred videos to make learning a breeze.

Unit 3. The ACT Reading Test

From the Prose Fiction passage to the Natural Science passage, we've got the Reading section covered.

Unit 4. The ACT Science Reasoning Test

We review the major skills and question types appearing in the coolest part (Celsius) of the ACT: the Science Reasoning test.

Unit 5. The ACT Writing Test (Optional)

The ACT Writing test may be optional, but we're fans. We go over the expectations, help you out(lining), and go through sample essays in this unit.

Sample Lesson - Introduction

Lesson 6: Trigonometry

You heard it here first: triangles and circles are coming back with a vengeance this season.

Trigonometry: raised farm fresh and 100% organic.

By season, of course, we mean at this point on the ACT, which is trig. Trigonometry is most likely the freshest of the math topics in your mind, considering that it's probably the course you have most recently taken. It could also possibly be a course you haven't gotten to yet, meaning that you should pay particular attention to all the math-y goodness that's about to go down.

This time around, we have to apply some new skills to our mélange of trigonometry wonders and learn some new names like sine, cosine, and tangent, as well as secant, cosecant, and cotangent, Also: coelacanth. (Just for good measure.)

After we're through dealing with prehistoric fish, we will also be dealing with radians and the unit circle. Remember SOHCAHTOA? (Hint: Sine = opposite/hypotenuse, Cosine= adjacent/hypotenuse, Tangent = opposite/adjacent). Yeah, we thought you might.

Grab a refreshing beverage and do some stretching, because this last ACT math review section will have us doing some mental gymnastics.

  • Course Length: 6 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
  • Category:
    • College Prep
    • Test Prep
    • High School

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