About the show

Chad Cargill took the ACT test 18 times in high school raising his score 13 points and scoring in the 99.5 percentile. He is the nation's leading ACT test prep workshop presenter having taught over 200,000 students over the last 28 years. He travels the midwest each school day teaching students, faculty, and parents how to beat the ACT. His full workshop schedule can be found at calendar.chadcargill.com. His website is chadcargill.com.

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  • Episode 37: Your Test Day Checklist - What You Must Bring to the ACT

    October 22nd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  22 mins 41 secs
    act, checklist, college prep

    Are you making sure you have everything you need for the morning of the ACT? This episode provides a checklist to make sure you are ready to walk out the door with everything you need to take the ACT.

  • Episode 36: Does Eating Certain Foods Help Raise ACT Scores?

    October 15th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  16 mins 23 secs
    act, brain food, college prep, test prep

    Does what you eat the morning of the ACT help you raise your score? If so, what should those foods be?

  • Episode 35: 6 Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Take Your ACT

    October 8th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  22 mins 45 secs
    act, high school, register, testing center

    Students often pick their testing locations strickly on location, but there are 6 key factors you should consider to find the best test center for you.

  • Episode 34: How to Correctly Use Indefinite Pronouns and Raise English ACT Scores

    October 1st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  22 mins 52 secs
    act, adoption, embryo, english, grammar, high school, indefinite pronouns, prep, qualify, scholarships, snowflake, test

    Often, indefinite pronouns are used incorrectly. Even though I teach how to use them, I still make mistakes. Today I’m going to explain how to correctly use indefinite pronouns. And stick around for the end of the episode because I’ll tell you a small part of our adoptive family story.

  • Episode 33: How To Effectively Practice for the ACT

    September 24th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  27 mins 7 secs
    act, college prep, last chance prep, summer test prep

    A lot of students want to practice for the ACT, but effectively practicing for the ACT is much different than what most students are doing. In this episode, I'll teach you how to be purposeful and intentional with your ACT practice.

  • Episode 32: Even More Misconceptions About the ACT and How to Avoid Them Part 3

    September 17th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  32 mins 10 secs
    act, college prep, summer test prep

    This week we conclude our three-part series on misconceptions about the ACT. Often, I hear people telling students what they should do to raise their ACT scores. Sometimes it's valid, but far too many times, it's not accurate. In this episode, I clear even more misconceptions about the ACT.

  • Episode 31: More Misconceptions About the ACT and How to Avoid Them Part 2

    September 10th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  27 mins 37 secs
    act, college prep, summer test prep

    Often, I hear people telling students what they should do to raise their ACT scores. Sometimes it's valid, but far too many times, it's not accurate. In this episode, I clear many more misconceptions about the ACT.

  • Episode 30: Common Misconceptions About the ACT and How to Avoid Them

    September 3rd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  25 mins 43 secs
    act, college prep, common misconceptions

    Often, I hear people telling students what they should do to raise their ACT scores. Sometimes it's valid, but far too many times, it's not accurate. In this episode, I clear many misconceptions about the ACT.

  • Episode 29: What Tech Centers Offer and Why Every HS Student Should Consider Them with NW Tech's Karen Koehn

    August 27th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  47 mins 34 secs
    career tech, college readiness, trades, vo-tech

    Tech centers could be called "The Artist Formally Known as Vo-Tech." The programs, facilities, and awaiting jobs make tech centers a great option for many students.

  • Episode 28: What Top HS College and Career Counselors Say to Mentor Students and Parents

    August 20th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 11 mins
    advisement, careers, college, counseling, tulsa union

    Join Tulsa Union HS College and Career counselors Chanda Gibson and Emily Ashley as they share a wealth of knowlege to help you navigate scholarships, careers, and ACTs.

  • Episode 27: 8 Places Where You Can Find Mentorship for Your Test Prep and Scholarship Journey

    August 13th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  31 mins 35 secs
    academy, act, counselor, mastermind groups, mentorship

    Do you wonder what to do next to raise your scores and win scholarships? Do you ever feel alone in your journey? Everyone needs mentors in life and in the pursuit of test prep, scholarships, and careers. In this episode, I’ll talk about different places to find mentorship and why mentorship is so important.

  • Episode 26: Three Math Strategies to Increase Your Score Now

    August 6th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  23 mins 41 secs
    high school, math, prep, qualify, scholarships, test

    Do you get stuck on an ACT math question and waste tons of time? Could you backsolve more efficiently? Do you freak out at the end of the math test because the problems are difficult and you're almost out of time? If so, this episode is for you.

  • Episode 25: Science: What You Must Understand About Reasoning to Beat This Section

    July 30th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  19 mins 58 secs
    act, concrete, reasoning, science

    Students say the ACT Science section is the most confusing. Once you understand the test is reasoning and not content, the section becomes much more clear.

  • Episode 24: Calculators: What are the Rules This Week?

    July 23rd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  29 mins 54 secs
    act, calculators, high school, math, prep, ti-83, ti-84, ti-inspire

    ACT keeps changing the calculator rules. They are enforced differently at various test centers. In this episode, we discuss the latest rules, and I explain how ACT has completely lost control governing the math test.

  • Episode 23: How a Small-town Student in Rural Oklahoma Got Accepted to Stanford?

    July 16th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 9 secs
    accepted, act, prep, scholarships, stanford, wait-list

    How does a small-town student in rural Oklahoma get to one of the top colleges in the world? This week we visit with Stanford class of 2024 student, who also happens to be my nephew, Jackson Cargill. The road wasn't easy, and he and his parents had to figure out a lot along the way. If you've ever considered attending one of the top schools in the country, this episode is a must-listen.

  • Episode 22: Should You Choose a Prestigious University or Attend a Local University?

    July 9th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 24 secs
    harvard, prestigious, stanford, university, vanderbilt

    Have you ever dreamed of attending a university like Stanford or Harvard? In this episode, we look at the pros and cons of choosing between moving to attend a prestigious university versus staying close to home to attend a local university.