Test Prep Webinar, Counselor Resources, and More
- February ACT Test Registration Deadline: Jan. 11
- ACT Test Prep Webinar: Jan. 23
- National School Counseling Week: Feb. 4-8
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Webinar: How Students Can Prepare for the ACT® Test
Because the ACT® test content is based on what’s taught in the classroom, the best way students can prepare for the test is to take rigorous courses in high school. However, many students seek out additional advantages by using test prep tools. There are several prep resources available, and each one offers unique features and benefits that serve specific student needs.
Attend this free webinar from ACT that answers the question, “What kind of test prep is right for each student?” Our presenters will describe best practices in how students can prepare for test day and provide a detailed overview of the new and traditional prep products (free and paid) offered by ACT. This webinar will uncover strategies and materials best fit for each student, based on:
- Subject matter needs
- Cost (including free options)
- Time constraints
- Format (live instruction, videos, books, etc.)
Ask the Expert: What Counselor Resources Does ACT Offer?
Counselors, particularly those who work with large student populations, are challenged with educating students about college and career readiness without getting a lot of one-on-one face time with those students. ACT offers resources that you can circulate to your students through various information channels—including in-person and online.
This month’s “Ask the Expert” video features Edgar Sanchez, Senior Research Scientist at ACT, who speaks about how counselors can take advantage of these resources as well as how to determine timing for distributing information to students and families.
PreACT® is a multiple-choice assessment designed for students in grade 10, allowing students and educators to get earlier insights into college and career readiness, helping students map a path to success with more time to plan.
With PreACT®, students can practice taking the ACT test in a familiar environment—their own classroom—while getting real insights and ideas to improve their readiness for college and career. Students experience questions like those that appear on the actual ACT test, allowing them to practice the testing experience early. They receive a score that predicts their performance on the ACT after an additional year of school, helping them determine which subjects should be their focus during their junior and senior years. Students can also opt in to share their names with colleges and scholarship agencies through the ACT Educational Opportunity Service.
PreACT gives educators and counselors insights to help them target interventions, inform classroom instruction, and guide students in course selection. Counselors can also use insights on possible career directions for students through the ACT Interest Inventory, taken as part of PreACT. Schools that adopt PreACT tend to produce higher scores on the ACT test.
PreACT allows for flexible and affordable administration and can be offered to your students anytime between now and June 1.
Paying for College: Federal Aid Programs
Every year, more than $120 billion is available in federal student aid through grants, work-study, and loans. Learn about the funding available to students who fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about federal student aid programs.
Opt In to EOS
When registering for the ACT test, students can choose to sign up for the ACT Educational Opportunity Service (EOS®). EOS is a free service that connects examinees with colleges, financial aid, and scholarship agencies that offer educational and career programs. Learn more about the ACT Educational Opportunity Service.
Go on a Virtual College Visit
The internet has made it easy to get a glimpse into life at college just by using your computer. Consider these tips when you research potential schools.