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  • The Non-Negotiable Skills™ PrepCast curriculum provides middle school students with a rigorous, comprehensive review of the skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond.

The curriculum is presented in three levels corresponding to three achievement bands defined by the College and Career Readiness Statements.*  The course is presented on a highly engaging, interactive learning platform that focuses on the review and mastery of core academic skills.

  • Each subject (English, Math, Reading, and Science) includes 15 units (each unit features 1 hour of content)
  • Classroom activities include (1) video lessons taught by Cambridge master teachers and (2) interactive in-class practice activities with multiple-choice items that help students apply what they learned
  • Independent practice includes (1) a review of the lesson, (2) homework problems, and (3) bonus practice activities to be assigned for small group or individual practice
  • Two mastery tests complete the end of each subject area

* Level 1 score range: 13-15 ACT and 400-770 SAT
Level 2 score range: 16-19 ACT and 780-930 SAT
Level 3 score range: 20-23 ACT and 940-1100 SAT

  • The Non-Negotiable Skills™ PrepCast curriculum provides middle school students with a rigorous, comprehensive review of the skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond.

The curriculum is presented in three levels corresponding to three achievement bands defined by the College and Career Readiness Statements.*  The course is presented on a highly engaging, interactive learning platform that focuses on the review and mastery of core academic skills.

  • Each subject (English, Math, Reading, and Science) includes 15 units (each unit features 1 hour of content)
  • Classroom activities include (1) video lessons taught by Cambridge master teachers and (2) interactive in-class practice activities with multiple-choice items that help students apply what they learned
  • Independent practice includes (1) a review of the lesson, (2) homework problems, and (3) bonus practice activities to be assigned for small group or individual practice
  • Two mastery tests complete the end of each subject area

* Level 1 score range: 13-15 ACT and 400-770 SAT
Level 2 score range: 16-19 ACT and 780-930 SAT
Level 3 score range: 20-23 ACT and 940-1100 SAT

  • The Non-Negotiable Skills™ PrepCast curriculum provides middle school students with a rigorous, comprehensive review of the skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond.

The curriculum is presented in three levels corresponding to three achievement bands defined by the College and Career Readiness Statements.*  The course is presented on a highly engaging, interactive learning platform that focuses on the review and mastery of core academic skills.

  • Each subject (English, Math, Reading, and Science) includes 15 units (each unit features 1 hour of content)
  • Classroom activities include (1) video lessons taught by Cambridge master teachers and (2) interactive in-class practice activities with multiple-choice items that help students apply what they learned
  • Independent practice includes (1) a review of the lesson, (2) homework problems, and (3) bonus practice activities to be assigned for small group or individual practice
  • Two mastery tests complete the end of each subject area

* Level 1 score range: 13-15 ACT and 400-770 SAT
Level 2 score range: 16-19 ACT and 780-930 SAT
Level 3 score range: 20-23 ACT and 940-1100 SAT

Classroom

Textbooks

  • Cambridge’s Victory for the ACT® Test is designed to maximize instructional time by allowing teachers to choose the material most appropriate to the immediate instructional goal.
  • 40 hours of core content review

With over 1,000 reinforcement items, the Victory set gives teachers content and test-strategy items in all subject areas tested on the ACT test. Teachers cover only those sections most needed by their students as shown on their computer-generated lesson plans.

  • AccelePrep for the ACT Test has been designed for those that want a highly concise and focused prep course.
  • The systematic and fast-track approach allows students to review content while learning all about the “ins and outs” of the ACT test.

This book allows students to learn how to effectively navigate test content, avoid common errors and distractors, apply powerful test-taking strategies, and experience high-value item types that offer the best return on preparation.  One full-length practice test is included to allow students to hone their test-taking abilities and put their new knowledge to practice, a key action for preparing for the ACT.

The teacher’s guide helps teachers to efficiently and effectively teach a concise, accelerated ACT test prep course.  The book is all inclusive with the student text and highlights AccelePrep exclusive tools such as mastering the AccelePrep method, test specifications and features, effective pacing, strategies, and power tip alerts.  In addition, teacher notes are provided that not only highlight the correct answer but provide explanations as to why incorrect answers are truly incorrect.

  • Over 40 hours of core content review
  • Over 1,000 reinforcement items
  • Test-strategy items in all subject areas tested on the ACT test
  • Explanations to all classroom text exercises, quizzes, and tests
  • Help instructors guide students through well-defined content review
  • Cambridge’s AccelePrep for the ACT Test has been designed for those that want a highly concise and focused prep course.
  • The systematic and fast-track approach allows students to review content while learning all about the “ins and outs” of the ACT test.

This book allows students to learn how to effectively navigate test content, avoid common errors and distractors, apply powerful test-taking strategies, and experience high-value item types that offer the best return on preparation.  One full-length practice test is included to allow students to hone their test-taking abilities and put their new knowledge to practice, a key action for preparing for the ACT.

The teacher’s guide helps teachers to efficiently and effectively teach a concise, accelerated ACT test prep course.  The book is all inclusive with the student text and highlights AccelePrep exclusive tools such as mastering the AccelePrep method, test specifications and features, effective pacing, strategies, and power tip alerts.  In addition, teacher notes are provided that not only highlight the correct answer but provide explanations as to why incorrect answers are truly incorrect.

Professional Development & Data

This three-hour workshop for each content of the test includes:

  • Thorough overview of test mechanics
  • A systematic analysis of each section of the test (Reading, Writing & Language/English, Math, Science)
  • Secrets of the test writers
  • Test structure and format
  • Timing and pacing of each applicable subject test – Reading, Writing and Language/English, Math and Science
  • Scoring and how every problem matters. Just a few more correct questions can dramatically increase scores
  • Common distractors
  • High-value test-taking strategies for items most frequently encountered on the test
  • How different forms of “data” are integrated throughout the test
  • Frequency with which each item type appears
  • How to address multiple choice and/or student-produced response questions
  • Analysis of the Essay, including the passage, prompt, and expectations
  • Cambridge’s Test DeMystifier Professional Development gives teachers a thorough understanding of the ACT® test. 
  • Teachers learn about test mechanics including the test structure and format;

Timing of each subject test – English, Math, Reading, and Science; tested content and skills within each subject and in what proportion; and analysis of the Essay, including the passage, prompt, and expectations.  With practice problems in English, Math, Reading, and Science, teachers learn high-value test-taking strategies for items most frequently encountered on the test and about evidence-based questions.  Teachers also gain insight into the scoring of the tests and the aligned scale scores for any suite of exams.

  • Cambridge’s Implementation Professional Development provides teachers with a thorough understanding of how to effectively prepare students using any one of Cambridge’s test preparation materials

Such as Victory for the PSAT®, SAT® or ACT® Test, Essential Skills, AccelePrep for the ACT® or SAT® Test, Texas Success Initiative (TSI®) Assessment, Non-Negotiable Skills texts, and others.

Led by a Cambridge Master teacher and customized for your implementation model, your teachers will analyze the Cambridge Course Concept Outline, understand the instructional layout and progression of the Cambridge materials, consider different course structures and timings, learn how to target instruction based on ability levels while incorporating building basic skills into your program, review applicable Item Indexes and Crosswalks to Standards, explore the mechanics of the applicable test in terms of test structure, timing, content, frequency and skills for each section of the test (e.g. Writing, Language, Reading, Math, and Science), learn best practices for implementing and differentiating instruction, and gain insight into question types, concepts tested, common distractors, and assigning homework.  This professional development assumes use of Cambridge materials for a skill building or test preparation program.

  • Teachers will take a dive into their own students’ data to understand how to effectively use the Cambridge data reports (reports may include Student Summary and Item Analysis, Instructor Summary, Error Analysis, Content Distribution, Formative Connection, Lesson Plans, and others)

to more effectively address skill gaps and target instruction.  Topics include the pre-assessment process and the importance of timely and accurate feedback, linking assessment items to instructional objectives and differentiating among learners to drive score increases across the spectrum of achievement.  Teachers will also learn powerful test-taking strategies to incorporate in the classroom.