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ACT 36 is a test preparation program designed for college-bound juniors who will take the ACT for college/ university admission. While the ACT is offered on six different dates throughout the year, the fall dates are geared towards seniors who choose to retest. Most juniors opt to test in the spring (April or June). By the spring of the junior year, a student has mastered junior curriculum, the focus of the ACT. In fact, when state graduation qualifying tests include the ACT, those states have negotiated a spring test date with the ACT Corporation for their students. We agree that the April ACT is the optimal choice for juniors! We want our students to test on a date that will make them look their very best! Also note that spring testing also allows juniors the option of a June retest.

The Illinois ACT 36 programs are offered exclusively from late-January/ February through April in preparation for the April ACT, the month that Illinois requires all juniors to test as part of the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). The Michigan programs are offered in January and February in preparation for the March ACT that is part of the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). The Wisconsin programs are offered in February and March in preparation for the April ACT. Indiana programs are offered January through May for both the April and June ACT exams.

The goal of ACT 36 is to give students the confidence, strategies and content skills necessary to score their personal best on the ACT. Students’ scores are improved when juniors become familiar and comfortable with the ACT: its content, the timing, the pacing, and the strategies for taking the exam. Juniors practice at each class with authentic ACT tests, three ACT exams in all, ensuring that students learn to think like the test maker.

With ACT 36 classes meeting once a week for two hours over an eight to nine week period, students cover all five ACT test content areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and Writing. Near the end of the program, juniors take a complete ACT – 3.5 hours in length – that allows them to synthesize all tips and strategies for a final trial before test day. The last class is a review and analysis of items missed by the student.

ACT 36 will cover:

  • Introduction to ACT 36
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Writing
  • College Selection Seminar
  • Full-length Practice ACT
  • Test and Strategy Review
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