DETAILED DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR SHMOOP ASSIGNMENT

Always go to schools.shmoop.com to log in.

WHAT TO DO and HOW?

  1. Get into ACT Exam Prep V3.0
    • Click on your classroom link (Chemistry Hour 2, Chemistry Hour 4, or Physical Science I).
    • Click on the OVERVIEW tab.
    • Scroll down to the Class Resources section and click on ACT Exam Prep V3.0.
  2. Complete the Science Diagnostic Exam 1 (Shmoop Diagnostic Exam Direct Link).
    • Complete step 1 above.
    • Click on the Diagnostics tab.
    • Click on Diagnostic Exam 1 and complete the Science portion.
  3. Complete nine Science Drills (Shmoop Drills Direct Link).
    • Complete step 1 above.
    • Click on the Drills tab.
    • Click on the little dark blue box with >> in it found under the Shmoop Home tab. A menu will pop out.
    • Select Science from that menu. You should see three review topics. (FYI, these review topics are organized around the three types of passages that you will find on an ACT Exam. For the ACT, you will have to complete seven passages that include 40 questions in 35 minutes.)
    • Please complete the following Drills.
      • Data Representation Passages
        1. Read the opening page.
        2. Click on and complete Drill #1.
        3. Click on and complete Drill #6.
        4. Clink on and complete any other Drill of your choice.
      • Research Summary Passages
        1. Read the opening page.
        2. Click on and complete Drill #1.
        3. Click on and complete Drill #2.
        4. Click on and complete any other Drill of your choice.
      • Conflicting Viewpoints Passages
        1. Read the opening page.
        2. Click on and complete all three Drills.

WHY?

You have been building your scientific practice skills, some of which are tested in the ACT Exam, for several years now. However, it is always beneficial to have explicit exam practice to help you feel comfortable with the ACT testing format. The ACT Exam is an important tool that institutions will use to determine your career and college readiness. Thus, it is important that you do all you can to prepare and give your best effort when the big day comes (usually scheduled at the end of February or early March of your Junior year).

GRADING?

DUE BY 4/1. Complete the Science Diagnostic Exam 1.

  • 10/10...completion of Science Diagnostic Exam 1
    • in > 10 Minutes, or
    • resulting project score >=24
  • 8.5/10...completion of Science Diagnostic Exam 1
    • in 7-10 Minutes, or
    • resulting projected score of 20-23
  • 7.5/10...completion of Science Diagnostic Exam 1
    • in <7 Minutes, or
    • resulting projected score <=19

DUE BY 6/1. You will receive a completion grade. Below is the rubric that will be used by both Biology and Chemistry/Physical Science I students.

  • 10/10...completion of three Drills in each of the three passage areas
  • 9/10...completion of two or three Drills in each passage area
  • 8/10...completion of two Drills in each passage area
  • 7/10...completion of one or two Drills in each passage area
  • 6/10...completion of one Drill in each passage area
  • 0/10...completion of anything less that what is described above