As students in this age group and their parents likely know, all Tennessee high school juniors are now required by law to take the College Board's ACT test (or the SAT test) no later than March of students' junior year of high school. The state pays the cost of all students' single attempt at the test.
Students wanting to boost their ACT test scores beyond the scores earned on their first attempts may also repeat the test as many times as they choose, at the students' cost (of around $50 per test), right up through their dates of college admission.
Many businesses and organizations offer ACT test prep in the form of classes, software packages, and books at costs of up to $1000 and more--but do be aware of several ways students may prepare for the test inexpensively or even for free.
Our family previously purchased online a book-and-CD package available by Kaplan at a cost (five years ago) of $130. Our older student found the product to be highly engaging (replete with whistles, cheers, and wild applause for correct answers) and she actually used it! This Kaplan product, at the lesser cost of just $20.89 plus shipping, appears to be comparable and will become available for purchase on November 13.
Other companies like Baron's and Cliff publish ACT prep materials, as well.
Students and parents may also want to puruse used bookstores like McKay's and online sources like eBay or Craig's List for comparable "gently used" products published in just recent years (do verify that such used products still include any CD originally part of the package).
Also, five Knox County high schools will pilot a FREE multi-session ACT tutoring program this fall, afterschool and for a limited number of junior-year students.
Read details about how Powell High, one of the participating high schools, will deliver its program here.
To determine if your community's high school will also participate in the pilot program, go to the Knox County Schools website, then click on "Schools" to the left of your screen to find your community's school. Hint: You may find details under the "Guidance" tab for your school.
Finally, eKnowledge is partnering with Boy Scouts of America to offer all registered Boy Scouts FREE ACT prep software valued at $200 (a nominal shipping charge applies). Scouts or their parents may claim the aid at the eKnowledge website, here.
Now is the perfect time for students and their parents to acquire ACT test prep materials in time for students to begin using them over the holiday break.
Remember: Even our very modest monetary investment in test prep aids like these can reap returns in the form of college scholarships worth far more!
And there's simply no excuse for passing up test prep aids that are free!
Best of luck, students! You're almost there!
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