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Course Format

The ACT Prep Course is divided into six modules as outlined below. Students should come ready to actively participate.  The course is designed to be interactive, and as participants ask questions and express concerns about the test, the instructor is able to provide instruction targeted toward the needs of the group.

Module One: ACT Overview

  • This module outlines the structure of the exam to include allotted time, number of questions, and some content review for all sections of the exam. The module also emphasizes scoring, providing students an understanding of what the scores mean and how they will be used for college admissions and course placement.

Module Two: English Section

  • This module reviews the basic content tested on the English section of the exam, which includes usage and mechanics and rhetorical skills. Specifically, students will review subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage, adjectives and adverbs, sentence structure, comparisons, parallelism, and homophones. Following each subject review, students will work through an application section with the guidance of the instructor, providing them with an opportunity to practice test strategies, isolate problem areas, and identify content to review in the future. At the conclusion of this module, students will independently complete sample test questions. The entire group will discuss answers to the sample test questions as well as strategies used to answer each question.

Module Three: Math Section

  • This module reviews the basic content tested on the math section of the exam, which includes geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and statistics. With regard to geometry, students will review content addressing angles, shapes, calculations for area, volume, and surface area, and Pythagorean Theorem. The geometry review is supplemented with diagrams and visuals to reinforce learning. With regard to algebra, students will review powers and bases, ratios, variables and solving equations, foiling and factoring, and radical roots. With regard to trigonometry and statistics, students will review trigonometric terms and calculations tested on the exam, as well as statistical coordinates. At the conclusion of this module, students will independently complete sample test questions. The entire group will discuss answers to the sample test questions as well as strategies used to answer each questions. In doing so, students can identify problem areas and content to review in the future.

Module Four: Reading Section

  • This module outlines the types of reading passages encountered on the exam, as well as general reading strategies. Students will learn about the questions asked for each of the types of reading passages, as well as specific test strategies for each of the reading passages and corresponding questions. This module also addresses specific test distracters inserted into the exam, guiding students through understanding and recognizing them so they are better equipped to answer test questions. Students are also provided with an outline of best practices to study independently for the reading section of the exam. At the conclusion of this module, students will independently complete sample test questions. The entire group will discuss answers to the sample test questions as well as strategies used to answer each questions. In doing so, students can identify problem areas and content to review in the future.

Module Five: Science Section

  • This module outlines related skills and strategies as well as the types of passages encountered on the exam. For each of the passages, students will learn what the passage looks like and the types of questions asked for each. Moreover, students will learn identifying markers for each of the passages and how they differ from one another, paving the way for an outline of test strategies for reading and answering questions for each of the passages. Students will also learn skills and strategies related to reading tables and graphs. Students are also provided with a plan of attack for completing the science section of the exam and at the conclusion of the section, students will independently complete sample test questions. The entire group will discuss answers to the sample test questions as well as strategies used to answer each questions. In doing so, students can identify problem areas and content to review in the future.

Module Six: Writing Section

  • Because the writing section is optional, this module outlines how taking the writing section can be beneficial to students and how college admissions use the writing section. Students will learn what the graders are looking for, and in doing so learn how to succeed on this portion of the test. The module reviews essay structures to include specific formats for the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion of the essay, as well as important strategies related to timing, and outlining and styling an essay. At the conclusion of this module, students will read a sample writing prompt and corresponding essay examples that received both mediocre and high scores. Students will discuss differences between the essay samples to elicit an understanding of grader expectations related to structure and content, as well as specific components of the essays that hindered the student from receiving a high score and helped the student gain a high score.

 

 
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