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Our ACT Preparation Program features instruction from an ACT Test preparation expert and extensive online review tools. Our comprehensive program emphasizes all ACT test components: Test Taking Strategies, Question Formats, Math, English, Reading Comprehension, and Science Reasoning. You will receive an in-depth review of the exam materials, insight into strategies for succeeding on the ACT and a comprehensive study plan. 


Instructors:

Our instructors make the difference. Courses feature expert instruction from test prep professionals. Our highly trained instructors are professional educators who have excelled on the standardized tests and care about your success. They are consistently recognized for their professionalism and dedication to student success. 


Student Testimonials:

"I have tried taking ACT classes before, but they never helped. I wasn’t expecting to learn much I didn’t already know, but I was wrong. This class has taught me more than I could have ever figured out for myself."

"I liked learning about the different strategies for the test, which I feel will improve my score."

"I think the class was great. I found everything better than I had expected."

The WKU ACT Summer Institute consists of 20 hours of classroom instruction covered in an intensive one-week format.  The Summer Institute features instruction from an ACT test preparation expert and extensive online review tools. Our comprehensive program emphasizes all ACT test components: Test Taking Strategies, Question Formats, Math, English, Reading Comprehension, and Science Reasoning.

Students are provided with an in-depth review of the exam materials, insight into strategies for succeeding on standardized tests, and a comprehensive study plan. Class sessions use real test questions to show just how these skills are tested. The course fee includes all classroom and online sessions and course materials.

Students also receive access to online review sessions and open office hours in the time leading up to fall exam dates.

Math Topics

  • Practice techniques for selecting numbers for problems containing variables
  • Learn efficient approaches to complicated multi-step problems
  • Discover tactics for translating difficult word problems into equations

English Topics

  • Identify correct idiomatic speech in sentence correction problems
  • Understand the basic concepts of rhetorical construction
  • Learn which grammar errors are most frequently tested

Reading Topics

  • Understand which part of the passage to read for reading comprehension questions
  • Recognize the difference between global and local test items
  • Identify passages written from the journalistic and engaged perspectives

Science Reasoning Topics

  • Identify parameters for test items involving graphs and charts
  • Interpolate or extrapolate answers from data given in tables
  • Recognize the point of an experiment in research summary items

General Test Taking Topics

  • Use the process of elimination
  • Master time management skills
  • Minimize test anxiety
  • Identify common distractors

The ACT Summer Institute includes online tools to help you perform at your peak on exam day. Four online review sessions are held in the weeks leading up to the fall ACT exam dates. Online office hours provide a convenient way for students to address specific questions or concerns that they may have. Students need only have high speed access to the internet, speakers, and Adobe Flash Player to participate in the online sessions – no additional software is required.

The interactive one-hour online review sessions allow students to participate and ask questions of our expert test prep instructors. The live online review sessions are also recorded - students can still benefit even if their schedule doesn’t allow live participation. Review sessions will follow the schedule of the Summer Institute.

Online office hours are open to any student in an ACT Summer Institute. Instructors will be on hand to answer any questions. The “drop in” sessions and are student-directed; meaning that there will not be a planned presentation each session. Our instructors will answer questions and work through problems in the order that they are received.

Online Review System Requirements: The Live-Online ACT sessions are offered online using Adobe Connect software.  All you need is a high speed internet connection, speakers, and an Adobe Flash Player, which can be downloaded for free.

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Note: The Adobe Connect plug-in, microphone, and camera are not required or used in the delivery of the online review sessions.

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The ACT Summer Institute is ideal for students that need an intensive preparation program during the summer. This one-week institute is intensive and requires students to continue to practice their skills in the weeks and months leading up to the exam. Students are expected to actively participate in class and in the online review sessions.

Students generally take the ACT during their junior year of high school. This course is ideal for rising juniors that may be taking the test for the first time and for those high school students that have already taken the exam but wish to improve their score.

An important part of any successful test preparation program is taking practice tests. Why then don’t we take practice tests during class?

Because our experience has shown that students perform better when every minute of class time is spent covering new topics. Practice tests are important, but they will be assigned to be taken outside of classroom time. This allows your instructor to cover more topics, and in more depth, than would be possible if practice tests were taken during class.

Practice tests are provided as part of your course materials, and your instructor will indicate when it is most beneficial for you to take them in order to best supplement your work in the classroom

ACT Live Online classes offer the same great program as the in-person ACT with the added flexibility of attending class from anywhere or at any time. Our virtual classroom provides you with the opportunity to interact in real-time with our expert instructors and to re-watch the recordings of your class sessions at your convenience for up to 30 days after the course ends.


System Requirements:

The Live-Online ACT sessions are offered online using Adobe Connect software. All you need is a high speed internet connection, speakers, and Adobe Flash Player, which can be downloaded for free.

Check your system for Compatibility

Note: The Adobe Connect plug-in, microphone, and camera are not required or used in the delivery of the online review sessions.

Download Adobe Flash Player


Course materials will be delivered directly to your home, or arrangements can be made for you to pick them up at WKU Lifelong Learning. We recommend registering at least four (4) business days in advance of the class start date to ensure timely delivery of your student package.

Our ACT Live Online Summer Institutes are a hybrid of our popular Summer Institutes and the Live-Online format. They include 20 hours of instruction in a format designed to maintain social distancing while still providing a structured experience with a real instructor. You may choose one-week, two-week, or one-session-per-week formats to suit your student's schedule.

Note that access to the online resources has been extended through the end of the calendar year, so students can maintain their skills leading up to test day. COVID-19 has impacted ACT testing just as it has so many other things, and we want to help your student be ready to succeed!

Online resources include:

  • Access to online office hours
  • Discussion forums
  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Recordings of actual class sessions

As with all of our classes, students receive:

  • An in-depth review of the exam content
  • Strategies for improving their scores
  • A comprehensive study plan
  • Access to online office hours, discussion forums, pre-recorded lectures, and recordings of actual class sessions

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Upcoming ACT® Test Dates:

- Saturday, September 12
- Sunday, September 13
- Saturday, September 19
- Saturday, October 10
- Saturday, October 17
- Saturday, October 24
- Sunday, October 25
- Saturday, December 12

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 Last Modified 7/31/20