Youth Programs

ACT Prep starburstACT® Prep Course

Designed 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 2014-2015 ACT® Test Dates:
Sept 13 | Oct 25 | Dec 13 | Feb 7 | April 18 | June 13


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


2014 Fall Face-to-Face (One Session: Morning Only)

Fall 2014 schedule:
Oct 4:  Pre-Test
Oct 11:  No class
Oct 18:  Math
Oct 25:  No class
Nov 1:  Science Reasoning
Nov 8:  English
Nov 15:  Reading
Nov 22:  Post-Test

October 4, 18, November 1, 8, 15, 22
*(no class on 10/11 & 10/25)
Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 a.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: September 19, 2014

Fall Registration

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


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

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

*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.

★ 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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Oct. 17 | Oct. 30 | Oct. 31 | Nov. 14 | Feb. 20 | April 24

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For more Information:
Karen DeSchepper, 608.785.6508 or