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ACT - New Math Formula

ACT has never provided math formulas on their tests. However, there is one noticeable formula that has been introduced into the last two tests, April & June 2018.

The area for any triangle is given by one-half the product of the lengths of two sides times the sine of their included angle. This formula is necessary when finding the area of a triangle which does not contain a right angle.
Area= 1/2 bc sin A
Area= 1/2 ab sin C
Area= 1/2 ac sin B

ACT Changes Accommodation - Extended Time

2018-19 Accommodation Change for the ACT Test

ACT is committed to delivering accurate, equitable measures of student achievement. To support this process, they continually review their ACT® test administration policies and procedures. Based on reviews and valuable input, they are making some changes to their national extended time policy that will go into effect in September, 2018.

Students will no longer self-pace through the four multiple-choice sections over the allotted five hours. All students in the accommodation room will begin the same section at the same time and have the same amount of time to complete that section.

Perfect 36

Perfect 36 in ACT Math by Carroll Sophomore!!

Timarron College Prep is proud to announce July's Student of the Month, Ryan Stalder, who achieved a rare perfect 36 in the ACT Math section. Well done, Ryan! Out of 2100 TCP students, he is the first to achieve this goal. It is such a rare accomplishment because it is possible to earn a 36 composite without scoring perfectly in math. Ryan's mom, Gina, says "We are very proud of Ryan for his hard work. We can't wait to see what the future holds for him!" Since Ryan will be a Junior next year, it will not be until next summer that he plans to apply to a variety of schools that will appreciate his talents, including A&M, UT Austin, and Rice, each of which rank in the top 12 schools in the nation for Engineering. Serious about his future career choice, Ryan just finished an engineering internship with High Value Signs & Studio. Ryan has already completed the first and second year engineering courses, as well as project management at Carroll High School. This coming year he plans to take Robotics and AP Computer Science to continue his engineering curriculum. For fun, he plays Ultimate Frisbee and is going to join the Robotics team. "I appreciate all the help that Timarron College Prep has given me. The extra work definitely paid off and helped me achieve a great score on Math!"

The ACT vs. The SAT - Which Should You Take?

There a few things that you need to consider before you make your decision. To get started you need to look at your three PSAT scores (critical reading, math and writing) and your Selection Index (SI), which is the sum of all three PSAT sections. You then take your SI and add a zero to the end to make it four digits.

The general rule is that if your total PSAT score is below 1500 and your math score is strong, then you will want to take the ACT. If your total PSAT score is over 1500 and your score in language arts is strong, then you would prepare to take the SAT.

There are some exceptions, though. Let’s say your total PSAT score is below 1500, but your math score is low, then you may want to look into taking the SAT. If your total PSAT score is over 1500, but your critical reading score is low, then you may want to consider taking the ACT.

Most will agree that the ACT is generally easier overall. It is also usually recommended for those students who suffer from testing anxiety. It is important to note that you are not penalized for wrong answers or guessing when taking the ACT test.

Besides looking at your academic strengths, you will also want to consider college preferences. If a school on your list prefers one test over the other by accepting an extremely low score on one test versus the other test then it’s essential for you to focus your efforts accordingly. If you haven’t narrowed your college search, then you’ll want to focus on the test that will allow you to excel most & accentuate your skills.

Junior Earns Stand Out ACT Score

Junior Earns Stand Out ACT Score
After tutoring with Timarron College Prep for three months, Christina Gilchrest has scored an unbelievable 35 on the ACT (a perfect score is a 36).  This was her first time to take the test.  Christina ia a junior at Carroll Senior High School where she is a varsity golfer and serves as the team's co-captain.  At this point, she is undecided on her university but plans on majoring in Marketing and Finance.  

"TCP has delivered amazing results for both of our children," said Susan Gilchrest, Christina's mom.  "After spending time with Bobbie, Christina scored a 35 on the ACT the first time she took it. TCP gave her great confidence to head into the exam knowing exactly what to expect. We are thrilled with the results."

Christina is the daughter of Susan and Eric Gilchrest and is a resident of Southlake.