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 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.

  • Episode 21: How to Triple Your Reading Speed in a Few Easy Steps

    July 2nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  29 mins 17 secs
    act, comprehension, prep, speed reading

    How do some read so quickly and remember what they read? Using a few simple techniques, you can greatly increase your speed and comprehension too.

  • Episode 20: High School Athletes: NCAA Eligibility, Recruiting & Your ACT

    June 25th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  15 mins 20 secs
    act, athlete, qualify, scholarship

    Often athletes get to their senior year and discover ACTs and GPAs matter a lot more than they thought. In this episode, we look at qualifying to play college sports and how athletic scholarships are often a combination of academic and athletic money.

  • Episode 19: Master These 5 Comma Rules and Raise Your ACT Score

    June 18th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 6 secs
    act, commas, english, grammar, high school, prep, qualify, scholarships, test

    Master these five comma rules and watch your ACT English score soar.

  • Episode 18: Summer Checklist - 12 Things to Accomplish This Summer

    June 11th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  23 mins 59 secs
    act, college prep, summer test prep

    Eight weeks from now, many will look back and wonder what happened to the summer break. Complete even a few of the items on this summer checklist, and you'll likely have had a productive college prep summer.

  • Episode 17: CLEP Tests and Why You Should Take Them

    June 4th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 33 secs
    act, clep, college board, test

    CLEP tests are a great, cheap way to get college credit when concurrent or AP is not an option. Most students never take CLEP tests. In this episode, I tell you what they are as well as why and when you should take them.

  • Episode 16: Part 4 of 4: Scholarships - How to Lose in an Interview

    May 28th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 32 secs
    act prep, interview, scholarships

    Learning what not to do in an interview is maybe more important than what you do. Avoid these mistakes or kill your interview.

  • Episode 15: Part 3 of 4: Scholarships - How to Win in the Interview

    May 21st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  31 mins 7 secs
    act prep, interview, scholarships

    If you get to the round of scholarship finalists who are interviewed, your preperation will make all the difference.

  • Episode 14: Part 2 of 4: Scholarships - The 5 Keys to Submitting a Winning Scholarship Application

    May 14th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 53 secs
    act, college, scholarships, test prep

    Most scholarship applications look like all the others. Many apps aren't really even read; instead, many apps are skimmed. In this episode, we look at 5 keys you must follow to make sure your app is read and placed at the top of the list.

  • Episode 13: Part 1 of 4: Scholarships - Show Me the Money!

    May 7th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  35 mins 2 secs
    act, college, scholarships, test prep

    Everyone says, "there's a ton of scholarships out there. Just apply and win them." If scholarships were that easy, everyone would win them. In this episode, you'll learn practical tips and develop a plan to win.