ACT Test Prep in St. Louis
Admission to a highly competitive college has never been more difficult. Inundated with thousands of applications, top universities accept less than one in five applicants, and elite universities around one in ten applicants. Given the high academic record of their applicant pool, colleges rely on the ACT to filter out the students most likely to succeed on their campus.
It is an “open secret” that students need to prepare for the ACT in order to score high. This should come as little surprise – students spend time studying for chapter tests and finals at school, and the ACT is a big test. The real question is how to prepare.
Best ACT Test Prep Methods
We find that the least successful method of ACT Test preparation is a short series of large classes. Students learn too differently to design a class that can address the individual testing needs of a diverse group of teenagers. The best method of ACT test preparation is in one-on-one settings with an instructor who has the ability and experience to identify different learning styles and translate years of test analysis into straightforward lessons customized to the strengths and needs of the individual student.
Students and parents alike mistakenly believe anyone can prepare for the ACT in a short period of time with minimal effort. But real success on the ACT requires sustained commitment to preparation. Students will retain more information, gain more confidence and comfort and deliver higher scores if they work on preparation on a regular basis over an extended stretch of time.
The ACT is a backward-looking test. It is designed to measure how well students have mastered basic skills in reading comprehension, mathematics, grammar and science. It builds time as a necessary component of the test. Preparing for the SAT requires a different mindset and discipline than the ACT. And yet, we encourage students to take both tests because students tend to favor one test over another, and also colleges prefer to see a student show initiative in sitting for both tests.
Our ACT Test Prep Approach
Because our approach focuses on relating the individual student to the test at hand, we have worked with hundreds of students with vastly different abilities and profiles, and yet at the end of the program, these students see success and real results. Visit the College Prep Case Studies to see how very different types of students worked with us to meet their ACT test goals.
In our performance-based world, we try to measure success objectively, and that means testing. Starting in elementary school and extending to graduate school, students face an alphabet soup of tests – ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT,LSAT, MCAT. Consequently, many students feel a general, continuing and growing sense of unease about testing. Some feel anxious. Some express outright panic.