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    ACT® Prep Course

    ACT-online-starburstDesigned to raise student test scores!

    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 2015 ACT® Test Dates:
    April 18 | June 13

    ★ Testing: 2014-2015 will likely be known as "The Year of the Test". As a part of the state's waiver from the "No Child Left Behind"   requirements, the DPI [Department of Public Instruction] adopted a series of new tests designed to measure and monitor student achievement and growth. The bottom line is that we will be using the ACT Suite of tests, which includes:

    • The Aspire Test - administered once in the fall and again in the spring to all freshmen ✴ A different version of this test will be given to all sophomores in the spring
    • WKCE - Sophomores will take a scaled-down version of this test [science and social studies only] in the fall.
    • ACT - all juniors will be required to take the ACT in the spring of the year
    • MAPS - not a part of the ACT Suite of TEsts, and while we have been using these tests throughout the district for many years, we will be placing a renewed emphasis on these tests to better identify students who struggle in the areas of math and reading at the high school level.

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    You're motivated and determined to do your best, because you want to get into your top-choice schools. But you're also busy and always on the go. Finding time to do all the things you love to do AND all the things you need to do is no easy task. With the online ACT Prep Course  you can do it all! The course was created with a busy student like you in mind. So now there's no reason for your prep to take a backseat, because with this online course, class is in session only when you choose.

    All your lessons, drills and practice tests are online, ready for you whenever you want to use them. Just log on and the prep you need will be at your fingertips. Access anytime, anywhere on any Internet ready device (smartphone, tablet, pc, etc). Take up to 5 months to prepare for the ACT test at your convenience.


    Online registration

    Scholarship application and registration, along with minimum payment due, cannot be done online. The online registration link is for registration and full payment only.

    Face-to-Face (2015 Spring):

    (2016 dates TBD)

    2015 Spring (Two Sessions: Morning Only OR Afternoon Only)

    Spring 2015 schedule:
    Feb 7:  Pre-Test
    Feb 14: No class
    Feb 21:  Reading
    Feb 28:  English
    Mar 7:  Math
    Mar 14:  Science Reasoning
    Mar 21:  Post-Test

    February 7, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21  *(no class on 2/14)
    Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. OR   12:30-3:30 p.m.
    UW-La Crosse, 141 C. Wimberly Hall

     $175,  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: January 23, 2015

    Spring registration

    Scholarship application and registration, along with minimum payment due, cannot be done online. The online registration link is for registration and full payment only.

    *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 Continuing Education  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.

    Calculator information (1 page PDF) 

    On-campus parking is FREE on the weekend in Commuter Lots ONLY! Parking is not free in Residential Lots or metered spaces.

    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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    Scholarships are available for financially disadvantaged students. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 2015 Scholarship Applications are accepted until scholarship funds have been depleted. A minimum payment is due at time of registration.

    Return this scholarship application and financial information to: 
    UW-La Crosse Continuing Education
    205 Morris Hall, 1725 State Street
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    You must complete the scholarship application form and attach:
    • First page of your 2014 Federal Income Tax Form (child must be listed as exemption) or letter of explanation if one was not filed. This requirement may be waived if you provide a letter from child's school indicating the child received *free* meals at school. Once this is verified, you are responsible for 25% of the tuition fee for one program, payable at time of registration, not including supply/equipment fees.
    • Student's current grade report (must be in good academic standing)

    Incomplete applications are not processed. Notification of scholarship decision and registration instructions are sent out approximately May 16 for applications received before April 13, or 3-4 weeks after application received. Scholarship application deadline for summer programs (June-August) is May 31, 2015.

    Everyone is expected to pay at least 25% (rounded to the nearest dollar) of the cost of the program. Scholarships are good for one Continuing Education youth program per year only and does not include supply/equipment fees. Scholarships are not available for programs $300 or more.
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