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 12: Why Junior College is a Great Option with Rose State President Dr. Jeanie Webb

    April 30th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 26 secs
    act prep, community college, dr. jeanie webb, rose state college

    Community colleges are usually overlooked. Once you know the advantages, students and parents often find these schools are amazing alternatives.

  • Episode 11: How to Become a Great Writer with Thomas Umstaddt Jr.

    April 23rd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  47 mins 1 sec
    act, prep, publishing, test, thomas umstaddt jr., writing

    Author and publishing coach Thomas Umstaddt Jr. joins the podcast to discuss how to become a great writer. Have you ever considered writing a book or being a published author? Maybe you just want to become a better writer. This episode is for you.

  • Episode 10: The Right Way to Keep Time on the ACT

    April 16th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  19 mins 45 secs
    act, chad cargill, high school, prep, qualify, scholarships, test, time

    The way most students keep time on the ACT is wrong. Listen to this episode to learn the right way. This episode teaches the easiest way to lower test anxiety and raise scores by effectively keeping your own time and working all the way to the end.

  • Episode 9: Science: The 4th Quarter - Where the Game Will Be Won or Lost

    April 9th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  17 mins 27 secs
    act, guessing, prep, scholarship, science, test

    For most students Science is the easiest section to raise your score. The fourth quarter of the ACT is the most important quarter of the test. This game is won or lost in Science.

  • Episode 8: 3 Different Ways to Take the ACT Reading Section

    April 2nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 19 secs
    act, prep, reading, test

    Many say you should always preview the questions before you read the passage. Who is right? Listen as Chad reveals the percent of students that do best using three top methods.

  • Episode 7: I'm a Bad Test Taker - Help Me!

    March 26th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  14 mins 48 secs
    act, bad test-taker, college, high school, prep, qualify, scholarship

    I’ll be out, and someone sees me. She realizes I’m the ACT guy. Then she approaches me with the #1 question I get asked. Listen to this episode to hear that question and learn the one question evaluation I give to answer this question. 

  • Episode 6: 7 Ways to Reduce Test Anxiety on the ACT

    March 19th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  23 mins 31 secs
    act, chad cargill, high school, prep, qualify, scholarships, test, test anxiety

    While the world is anxious about the Corona virus, students are also anxious about taking an ACT. In this episode, we look at the number one reason good academic students underachieve on this test. Here are 7 practical tips you can use to immediately reduce your test anxiety.

  • Episode 5: What Math Classes to Take in High School and When

    March 12th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 19 secs
    act, prep, scholarship, test

    If your goal is to maximize ACT math scores, your class selection is critical. When to take the classes is equally important. In this episode, learn the advatages and disadvantages and why taking certain classes at specific times matters.

  • Episode 4: I Ordered My Test and Answers. Now What?

    March 5th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  26 mins 20 secs
    act, chad cargill, english, high school, prep, qualify, scholarships, test

    You ordered the test questions, your answers, and the correct answers. What do you do with that? This episode gives you a step-by-step guide what to do.

  • Episode 3: 3 Reasons Why in English You Should Read the Passage as You Go

    February 27th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  20 mins 20 secs
    act, chad cargill, english, high school, prep, qualify, scholarships, test

    Over half of today's English ACT test-takers skip from one underline to the next. In this episode we discuss why you should never do this.

  • Episode 2: Why You Should Never Just Take One Section of the ACT

    February 20th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  28 mins 6 secs
    act, composite, high school, superscore, test prep

    Today we explore ACT's new policy allowing students to take just one section of the ACT. This episode explores how these "retest" section scores are used and why you should never this.

  • Episode 1: Chad's Story and When to take the ACT and Why? The 1-2-3 Plan.

    February 13th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  28 mins 11 secs
    act, cargill, chad, prep, scholarship, test

    Hear Chad's story of taking the ACT 18 times in high school raising his score from a 19 to a 32 which was 99.5% at the time. Then learn about the 1-2-3 plan for when to take ACTs.