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ACT Prep Course Specific Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Welcome to our comprehensive ACT Specific FAQ’s page (ACT Specific Frequently Asked Questions). Here you will find answers to many questions specific to our ACT course. We also have a General FAQ’s page (General Frequently Asked Questions) that provides a comprehensive list of answers to questions on a wide range of topics.
What should I bring to my class?
Students should bring pencils, scratch paper, and an ACT permitted calculator to class. Click here to view the ACT calculator policy and calculators permitted by ACT, Inc. All other materials will be provided to students on their first day of class.
Do I need to print or bring a registration slip to attend class?
No. Instructors will have you on their course roster and will verify each student with their contact information on file. In addition, instructors will call students who don’t show up within the first 10 minutes of class on Week 1.
Are instructors available outside of class?
Yes, instructors are available briefly before and after class, and they are also available through e-mail.
Should I bring a friend to class?
Yes, many students enjoy having a friend in class. Studying with a friend can be fun! We have many students who come as a group or those who bring their brother or sister.
Will you register me for the ACT exam?
No. We offer a test preparation course but do not administer the actual examination. All test preparation companies are independent of the test makers and no test preparation company can administer an official examination. Each student is responsible for registering and paying for the exams themselves. You can register for the test at: www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html
How old do I need to be to take the class?
Our ACT course is available to younger and advanced students who seek ACT preparation for special programs. The typical class age range is 15 – 18, but we can accommodate students as young as 13. Instructors are trained to help advanced, younger students.
Do you have a ACT summer boot camp?
No. We only offer six week courses. We have two summer courses, one that starts in June for the July ACT exam and one that starts in July for the September ACT exam
How do your courses compare to a local or community college program?
Our courses are of superior quality in terms of curriculum and instruction. Many local and community programs use off the shelf books and materials that are not custom tailored to the student nor provide cutting edge strategy and content review. Many of their instructors are not of high quality and read verbatim from instruction manuals with little preparation and knowledge of the ACT exam.
What is your success rate or passing rate?
Most students improve significantly. The students who improve the most have a good foundation in basic skills, pay attention in class, and complete their homework and assigned practice tests.
How will your ACT course help a student get a good score on the exam?
Our course provides all of the knowledge, practice and materials to help students achieve their best possible ACT score. We cover test content and strategy that has been proven to help students reach their potential. Students receive a structured course that guides them with structured lessons, homework, and motivation. Students practice outside the classroom with materials specifically chosen to reinforce our proprietary test strategies. With dedication and hard work, students will achieve their best possible ACT score with our course.
What level students will get the most benefit out of your ACT course?
Our ACT prep course is for all types of students and scoring levels. The instructor will adjust the class to the scoring level of the students. Our class size is small which allows instructors to provide attention to the needs of different level students. Instructors can also provide an individualized, overall plan for each student, specifically geared towards their strengths and weaknesses.
Do you cover the optional ACT Writing Test?
Yes. We teach essay building and how to write specifically towards the test to help students achieve their maximum essay score. Instructors introduce and teach our approach to the ACT Writing Test in the Week 6 class. We have an ACT Writing Test Workshop with students working on essays with their instructor and peers.
Taking the test multiple times vs. one shot test taking. What happens if I take the ACT more than once?
We generally recommend taking the ACT only once or twice. Taking the ACT more than twice can be an emotional and financial strain. It is also very stressful and wastes time. Studying for the ACT and taking the test should be just one experience of your later years in high school; it should not consume your entire Junior and/or Senior years. Wasting too much time on the ACT can detract from valuable time needed to prepare admissions applications. While there are some special circumstances that warrant a 3rd exam or beyond, we strongly suggest taking the ACT no more than twice.
ACT Inc.’s score reporting policy allows you to choose which scores you send to colleges. You can selectively release your scores so institutions will only see the scores that you designate. Please click here to learn more about the ACT’s score reporting policy. Although we do not recommend it, we’ve seen some students who’ve taken the exam five times or more.
How serious do I need to be in the ACT Class?
Some students come to class on their own free-will, while others do because their parents have asked them to attend. The ACT is the single most important test you will take in high school. Your score on this test can determine many life outcomes, and you might not be fully aware of all of the ramifications of your test score.
Almost all students understand how a good ACT score relates to peer relationships, family, self-esteem, and university entrance; however, many do not consider the longer term outcomes of employment, opportunity, careers, and graduate/professional school. University stature plays a major role in all of these outcomes. A higher ACT score affords admission to more selective and prestigious institutions. In turn, a higher level university provides a wealth of opportunities. Graduation from a good college or university increases your chance of success in your future career and education goals.
Our ACT class is for serious students who want to improve. Our classes are fun yet challenging. Its simple: take your preparation seriously, exhibit a positive attitude in class, participate fully, complete all of your homework assignments and work hard — you will be successful! Our instructors are easy-going and do their best to make the ACT class entertaining and interesting. Please come to class prepared to learn.
If you put the time and effort into studying for the ACT now, you are focusing on your future.
What are the differences between the ACT and SAT exams?
Today’s ACT and SAT exams are comparably similar. In prior years there was a greater difference with the SAT being more of an analytical reasoning test compared to the ACT exam which was considered to be more of a content based test. Today they are more similar than dissimilar.
Both have questions that deal with math and verbal concepts. The ACT and SAT both have sections that encompass grammar and the logical organization of ideas in paragraphs. They both have an optional essay component.
Notable differences include: the ACT has a science section, while the SAT does not. The ACT has slightly more difficult math, but both exams have the same math concepts. The SAT provides a little more time to answer questions while students need to be (marginally) quicker in answering ACT questions. ACT questions are considered to be a little more straight-forward than SAT questions.
The ACT test is preferred by more heartland schools in the mid-west and central states. Schools on the East and West coasts as well as many southern schools prefer the SAT. Almost all schools however accept both tests.
When should I take your ACT test prep course?
It is best to determine which exam date you want to take based on your admissions cycle, and then look for a corresponding prep course start date that prepares for that examination. We have many course start dates throughout the year that prepare for every exam date. Our courses are directly aligned with the examination dates so you will take the exam usually one to three weeks after the prep course ends. Keep in mind that there are rescheduling fees associated with each test; we are not responsible for the rescheduling fee if you need to reschedule an exam.
When is the best time to take the ACT exam when I’m in high school?
This depends upon your application schedule, but there is a general timeline and optimal dates to take the exam. The general timeline is from the summer after completion of the sophomore year to the end of the fall semester of the senior year. The summer after the sophomore year is the earliest time students should think about taking the exam. Some students start early so they can take a number of official ACT exams. The latest time to take the ACT is by the end of the fall semester of the senior year. If students take the ACT any later than that they risk missing important application deadlines.
The optimal time to take the exam is during the spring semester of the junior year. This allows students to focus on their admissions packets during the summer and fall without the worry of studying for their exam. The spring semester of the junior year is generally when students are at their greatest ability level and have the most math, reading, and writing knowledge to take the test. Students however can take the test all the way up to the spring semester of their senior year depending on each school’s admission requirements.