It’s important for high school students to prepare for and take the ACT (American College Test). What are some ways students can prepare?
Taking challenging courses in high school is the best way to prepare, but ACT also offers a number of test preparation options including free online practice tests, testing tips for each subject area tested, and the free student booklet Preparing for the ACT.
Provo High School is now offering the following ACT Practice tests and preparation courses:
- FREE PRACTICE ACT (TEST) – Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 in the Commons at 8:30 AM-12:30 PM. This is open to the first 200 students that sign up in the College/Career Center. (This test is sponsored by KAPLAN.)
- SCORE/EXPLANATION NIGHT – Test results will be passed back to students and parents on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 in the Commons at 6:30 PM. An explanation of the results and how to improve will be discussed.
- Saturday mornings: Sept 8 & 15, Oct 6 & 13; 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. Class enrollment is limited to the first 30 students that pay and sign up in the business office. Cost is $50 but if you attend all the classes you will receive $20 back making the total cost of the course only $30. (8 hours of instruction)
- After school: (Monday – Thursday) Sept 24 – 27, Oct 1 – 4; 3-5 PM. Class enrollment is limited to the first 100 students that pay and sign up in the business office. Cost is $80 but if you attend all the classes you will receive $30 back making the total cost of the course only $50. (16 hours of instruction)
The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. The test questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Every day that students attend class, they are preparing for the ACT. The harder students work in school, the more prepared they’ll be for the test.
In addition to the tests, the ACT also provides students with a unique Interest Inventory and a Student Profile Section. By responding to these sections, which ask about student interests, courses, and educational preferences, students provide a profile of their work in high school and their career choices to colleges.
By taking the ACT, students make themselves visible to colleges and scholarship agencies, so it’s another way to help students get ready for life after high school.
The ACT is the only college admission test based on the number of correct answers—students are not penalized for guessing.