Chad Cargill's Test Prep

Chad took the ACT a total of 18 times in high school
raising his score from a 19 to a 32.


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Chad has been presenting the workshop for over 20 years and speaks to over 10,000 students each year.


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  • "I came to the workshop last year and raised my score 6 points, it worked so well I wanted to come again as a refresher. Chad is an excellent speaker and I'm so glad he came." -Katie

Chad Cargill's Test Prep
and Character Building Workshop


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Chad took the ACT a total of 18 times in high school raising his score from a 19 to a 32.

Payment Information

The cost is $30 per student. The minimum number of students is 30. Although there is no maximum, the limit should be based on the capability of your facility.

Payment is not expected prior to or at the workshop. After the workshop we will count the number of students and multiply by $30. We will then complete an invoice for you to be paid at a later time. If the minimum of 30 students is not met, the charge will be a flat rate of $900. All travel expenses are included in the student rate. There are no hidden fees.



Students: Check with your counselor on how he/she prefers for you to pay. Your counselor may want you to pay prior to the workshop or he/she may prefer for you to pay at the workshop. If you are attending a workshop at a nearby school, contact that school's counselor to see how he/she prefers your payment.

ACT Prep Book

Chad will have the ACT preparation book, Chad Cargill's ACT Prep, available for purchase after the workshop.

During the workshop Chad explains how the concepts and notes directly relate to the discussion and exercises in the book. The book is $20 including tax. The notes packet provided for each student will have page references to the book as well.

These are for Oklahoma workshops only. Other states will have to order by phone or from our website unless the items are being ordered by the school for the students. If students wish to purchase books and/or calculators through the school, we will add the sales to the invoice sent to the school after the workshop. Schools wanting to do this, must provide prior notice in order for Chad to make sure he brings the necessary items for sale.

Pre-Programmed Calculators

Pre-programmed calculators will be available for purchase after the workshop. A pre-programmed TI-83 Plus calculator is $120 (tax included) and a pre-programmed TI-84 Plus Silver Edition is $150 (tax included). Click here for details on each calculator and to review a list of pre-programmed equations you will receive.

If you already have one of these two calculators, the equations can be downloaded after the workshop for $15. For a discussion on the difference in the two types of calculators, visit our FAQs.

We will not do a practice test or practice modules during the 3 hour workshop. Our philosophy is that you don't need to pay money for someone to watch you take a practice test then tell why the answers are right or wrong. You can do that on your own time, and any of the prep books do a great job of explaining answers to practice problems. The workshop is totally based on Chad's experience of taking the test 18 times in high school and raising his score from a 19 to a 32.

My school doesn't have a workshop scheduled, can I still attend?

If your school does not have a workshop scheduled, visit our calendar page to find a workshop at a nearby school. Call the counselor listed for that school and ask permission to attend their workshop. Parents can attend at no charge with their paid child if seating is available. Seating is limited at some workshops and priority is given to paid students.


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Fly-to-You Program

Fly-to-You is for workshops that are located outside of a four hour drive from Oklahoma City. Due to the longer travel distance and sometimes necessary hotel and flight expense the minimum number of students is increased from 30 to 60. The cost is still $30 per student. Only the minimum number of students is increased to 60. Although there is no maximum, the limit should be based on the capability of your facility.

Payment is not expected prior to or at the workshop. After the workshop we will count the number of students and multiply by $30. We will then complete an invoice for you to be paid at a later time. If the minimum of 60 students is not met for a fly-to-you workshop, the charge will be a flat rate of $1,800. All travel expenses are included in the student rate. There are no hidden fees.

Students Check with your counselor on how he/she prefers for you to pay. Your counselor may want you to pay prior to the workshop or he/she may prefer for you to pay at the workshop. If you are attending a workshop at a nearby school, contact that school's counselor to see how he/she prefers your payment.


Faculty Training

Faculty training workshops are available primarily in Oklahoma (other states on a limited basis).

Summary: The teachers will walk away with a good understanding of what key content is tested on each ACT and an understanding of testing trends and strategies needed for maximizing ACT scores. We will cover general testing strategies that can be incorporated in the classroom. Then we will cover all of the key content tested in English and math as well as trends of the test writers. In reading, we will review general strategies as well as three different ways to take the reading test. Finally we will discuss the science section and why I believe this section should not be called science. I'll also add in a lot of scholarship discussions many of which you can also hear in the student workshop.

Highlights:

  1. Review of some statistical data showing a correlation between statistically significant factors and ACT test scores.
  2. A review of each section of the test as well as general test taking strategies taught in the student workshop.
  3. A sample of stories told during the ACT workshop. As with the students, if you are not enjoying yourself, you probably are not maximizing your learning potential.
  4. An outline of information schools need to teach students to maximize standardized test scores.
  5. Finally, an exciting, fun, informational, and very motivational experience.
  • Price for a single school faculty workshop is $800. This price includes all travel expenses and four copies of the Chad's prep book titled Chad Cargill's ACT.
  • Multiple school faculty workshops are priced on a case by case basis. Generally 2 to 3 school workshops are $1000.
  • Faculty workshops last 2 hours.

ACT Prep Book
$20 - Order Online

The only test prep book on the ACT written by someone who took the test 18 times in high school raising his score from a 19 to a 32. Chad Cargill shares his experiences throughout the book as well as covering all key content areas.

Chad Cargill speaks to over 10,000 students through the Midwest each year teaching students how to beat this test. This book covers what he teaches in his workshop.

The same people make the test every time. Every time they make it, they change the words and the numbers. But the same content is tested every time.

Using this book, you will practice all the key content areas. The book covers English, Math, Reading, and Science and contains key rules, examples, exercises, model questions, and model practice tests. Start using this book today, and put yourself in a position to qualify and win many scholarships.

Pre-Programmed Calculators
Order Online - Starting at $110

These new calculators from TI are exactly what you can buy in the store, with one exception. When you buy here, we open your new calculator and load equations and solvers in your calculator's memory which can easily be used to solve many problems on the ACT test. A packet explaining the use of each program (including screen shots) will be included with every calculator purchase.

Equations and solvers we load for you are the following:

  1. Midpoint Solver given any two points
  2. Distance Formula and Solver
  3. Right Triangle Solver - This program solves for the lengths of the three sides and the measure of the interior angles given any two sides, two angles, or a side and an angle
  4. Radical Reducer - This program reduces any positive radical to its simplified form
  5. Equation Solver for any Linear or Quadratic equation of 1 variable, 2 equations and two unknowns, or 3 equations and 3 unknowns.
  6. Prime Factorization Solver
  7. Quadratic equation and quadratic equation solver. When you enter A, B, and C, this program produces the values of X in simplified radical form and it handles imaginary numbers too.
  8. Pythagorean Theorem and Solver (Answer in Decimal and Simplified Radical form)
  9. Equation of a Line, Slope of a Line, Y-Intercept, and X intercept solver given two points, slope and a point, or slope and Y-Intercept
  10. Equation of a Circle
  11. Circumference and Area Solver for Circles
  12. Perimeter and Area Solver for Triangles
  13. Volume and Surface area Solver for Box, Cylinder, Sphere, Cone, and Doughnut
  14. Volume Solver for Pyramid and Prism
  15. Formulas for Area of a Trapezoid, Area and Circumference of a Circle, Volume and Surface Area of a Cylinder, Cone, and Sphere
  16. Greatest Common Factor Solver given any two numbers
  17. Logarithm Solver for base, term, or equal
  18. Midpoint Formula
  19. Midpoint Solver for Missing End when given one end and the midpoint but having to find the other end
  20. Polygon Solver - When the number of sides is entered, the program produces the sum of interior angles, sum of exterior angles, total unique diagonal, diagonal per vertex, triangles, interior angle, exterior angle, and central angle

TI-84 Plus Color Silver

Online Price: $140 plus tax

  • Color Screen
  • TI Graph-Link Cable
  • TI Software
  • User Manual
  • TI's Specs

TI-83 Plus

Online Price: $110 plus tax

Need your calculator programmed?

Online Price: $15 tax included

If you currently own a TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus and you would like it programmed please mail your calculator and a check for $15 to:

Chad Cargill's Calculator Programming
P.O. Box 160 Harrah, OK 73045


*Please include batteries
*Ship with USPS only
*Nspire Owners, please include the 84 faceplate

  1. Chad spent over 18 hours writing, downloading from public domain, and altering programs to make them work for the ACT.
  2. The calculator programs help you solve up to 1/4 of the ACT math test for you in as little as 5 minutes. If you get 15 of the 60 questions correct with your calculator and randomly guess on the remaining 45 questions with the odds of 1 in 5 correct, you will already be at an 18 in math. If you are able to get 8 of the remaining 45 correct on your own and then randomly guess, you will be at a 22 in math. You must practice with the programs to use them correctly. The calculator is not magical. Practice is necessary for proper use of the programs.
  3. We warranty all new calculators for one year. If it quits working, you send it to us and we send you a new one.
  4. We warranty the programs until the student graduates college. If a program ever gets messed up, stops working, or deleted, simply send the calculator to us with a note, and we’ll reset it, reload it, and ship it back to you all at no charge. Your only cost is getting the calculator back to us to reload.

The purchaser is responsible to validate the formulas and programs in the calculator. Cargill Consulting, Inc. assumes no responsibility for errors in formulas or solvers or malfunctions of the calculator during a test. All TI disclaimers and warranties apply to this calculator. You should review ACT's rules for calculator use before using this calculator on each test you take. ACT can change calculator rules at any time. If ACT changes the rules prohibiting the use of this calculator, your calculator is not refundable. You are not purchasing the programs. You are paying the mark-up on a new calculator or $15 load fee for our time putting together the programming package consisting of programs found in public domain, programs we wrote, programs we customized to fit ACT purposes, and produce the explanation document for you.