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ACT Prep Online Summer Camp

Due to changes to the ACT exam, we are placing this program on hold while we examine the content and determine how to best serve our students. If you have program suggestions or concerns, we welcome them. Please contact Kayla Piper at piperk@uwec.edu.

Key Program Information
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Online

Help your student prepare for the ACT

Test-taking can make students feel nervous. The more significant the test, such as one that holds a key to their dream college or the next step in their educational future, the more pressure there is to achieve the test score they want.

Help your high school students feel more prepared for the ACT through one-on-one attention by expert instructors. Our instructors are local area high school teachers who know how to best work with high school age students. Your child may even recognize a name or two on the list of instructors. 

This interactive course provides a comprehensive review of the test while also focusing on the specific subject matters that will be covered. This course has a section dedicated to testing preparation developed from feedback from our past participants.

Summer camp will teach students how to approach the ACT Test through one-on-one guidance, practice questions, review of past test booklets and more. Students will be given paper take-home practice exams at the start of camp and then again at the end to truly measure their growth through the program. 

Each webinar segment will be recorded so students can take a break when they need. The online portal allows students to access their pre-and post-test scores, work with an instructor one-on-one to create test goals, and have support through the test-prep week. In addition, this session will allow students to virtually tour UWEC campus and hear from admissions on what helps them make admission decisions, beyond ACT test scores. 

Below you will find a detailed overview of the topics covered in ACT Prep Summer Camp.

Test Preparation

  • Talk through ACT booklet and scoring for the test
  • Students will have the opportunity to talk about where they want to continue their education. We will discuss entrance requirements for each including ACT score, coursework, service work and more 
  • Develop ACT strategy for each student
  • Set goals for ideal score and how to pace set for different test sections 
  • Discuss what a student can do to prepare the night before and day of the test 

Math

  • Review relevant properties, formulas, equations from algebra to trigonometry
  • Discuss the important terminology that will be used throughout section
  • Take timed tests with examples from the ACT book on pre-algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and word problems
  • Review answer key and talk about strategies to solve problems 

Scientific Reasoning

  • Set goals about what score student wants to achieve on the scientific reasoning portion on the ACT Test
  • Break down the number of questions, timeframe, and average time per question
  • Explore the three major groups the questions fall into (data representation, research summaries, conflicting viewpoints)
  • Partner with other students to practice skills, followed by a class discussion about each question type
  • Collect and review data from a prior ACT exam 

Reading

  • Explanation of the passage types that will be featured on the reading portion of the ACT Test
  • Cover strategies and tricks for reading questions such as synonyms, reversals, extremes and “too nice” examples
  • Examine samples of passages and their questions/answers

English

  • Review the basic punctuation, usage rules and examples of each that will be on the ACT
  • Discuss common stop punctuation, comma, verb and pronoun rules
  • Practice keywords and phrases that indicate the correct order of sentences, passages, and words

Writing

  • Discuss recent changes to the format of the essay portion of the ACT
  • Discuss examples from the textbook that show topics the essay could ask for the student to write about
  • Break down paragraphs from past examples to see what makes a great essay
  • Practice writing an essay that addresses three different viewpoints
  • Students write sample essay which instructor then takes home to evaluate and return to the student with constructive feedback

Instructors: 

  • Jordan Van Proosdy - Math Instructor
  • Missie Rasmus - College/Study Prep Instructor
  • Danielle Richardson - English Instructor
  • Raina Pfundheller - Writing/Reading Instructor
  • Kevin Mesiar - Science Instructor
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Who Should Attend

Students in grades 10-12 preparing to take the ACT.

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