Youth Programs

ACT® Prep Course

Designed to raise student test scores!  2014 Fall Dates TBD

This unparalleled ACT® test preparation course readies students for all four sections of the ACT® test, plus the optional writing section. Students take official, retired ACT® pre- and post-tests to determine strengths and weaknesses. Qualified instructors work directly with students to work through this comprehensive preparation program. Preparing for the ACT can increase test scores that are important for gaining acceptance into your college of choice and for expanding your scholarship opportunities.

This course is designed to complement area high schools’ preparatory programs.

This program provides 12 hours of instruction in: writing strategies to assist you in the essay part of the ACT® test; orientation to the ACT® and its four parts; opportunity to take diagnostic assessments; instruction in all four areas; test-taking strategies for each of the components and for the entire test; practice with printed materials where test-taking tips can be applied and reinforced and interactive skill drills in deficit areas as measured by the diagnostic test.

Course materials are provided by Cambridge Educational Services, the leader in test preparation.   

Students will:

  • Establish their own baseline for ACT® testing by completing an official, retired ACT® test
  • Receive a detailed analysis of their baseline test to understand personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Learn powerful test-taking strategies for each test section and question type
  • Gain an understanding of the test structure, question types, and scoring methods for each academic area
  • Build confidence through interactive skill drills and practice exercises
  • Complete the course by taking another official, retired ACT® test and receive a final analysis

The ACT® test is a gateway to your future plans. Don’t make the ACT® more stressful by arriving unprepared.

Upcoming 2014 ACT® Test Dates:
April 12 | June 14

2014 Spring (Two Sessions: Morning Only OR Afternoon Only)

Spring 2014 schedule:
Feb. 8:  Pre-Test
Feb. 22:  Math
Mar. 1:  Science Reasoning
Mar. 8:  English
Mar. 15:  Reading
Mar. 22:  Post-Test

February 8, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22 *(no class on 2/15)
Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30-3:30 p.m.
UW-La Crosse, 141 C. Wimberly Hall
$164, includes textbook set; pre- and post- tests; diagnostic assessment reports; face-to-face instruction and interaction with qualified instructors
(Class runs an additional 15 minutes Week 1 and Week 6 for testing)
Registration Deadline: Jan. 24, 2014

*NOTE: The pre-test is given on the first session and the post-test is given on the last session of the program. If there are scheduling conflicts, the parent/guardian can proctor the test(s) at home the week prior to the test date. The completed test(s) would need to be returned to the Continuing Education Office, 205 Morris Hall, no later than 10 a.m. on the Monday following that test date. Please contact Karen DeSchepper one week prior to the test date to arrange material pick-up. The test results will be sent to the student’s home about 2 weeks after testing.

Registration implies permission for photos, publicity and inclusion in a participant list unless Continuing Education/Extension is notified in writing prior to the program.

Picture of scholarship burst.Scholarships:
Scholarships are available for financially disadvantaged students. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 2014 Scholarship Application will be accepted until scholarship funds have been depleted. A minimum payment will be due at time of registration.

Cancellation Policy: Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations. Request for cancellations must be sent in writing and postmarked or faxed to UW-L Continuing Education two weeks prior to the beginning of the course for a full refund minus $25 processing fee. No refunds will be made after deadline.

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Karen DeSchepper, 608.785.6508 or