Test Prep Courses
ACT Prep Course
College is just around the corner. Are you ready?
Gain a competitive edge in college admissions and scholarships by learning key test-taking strategies and reviewing required content knowledge for the ACT. This course begins with students taking a pre-test to assess exam strengths and weaknesses, continues with 20 hours of instruction on the English, Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Writing sections of the ACT. As a bonus, our instructors are available by appointment to work one-on-one with students who would like additional review.
About the ACT Prep Course:
- 20 hours of in-person instruction at the University of Arizona
- Review key content and learn test-taking strategies
- Taught by professional instructors
- Official ACT.org materials included
- Two full-length official practice tests in addition to instruction time
- Competitively priced at $350
Summer Session 1: July 13 - 18, 2020
One-week intensive course meets Monday – Saturday
Pre and Post Practice Tests (7/13 & 7/18): 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Instruction Days (7/14 – 7/17): 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (includes a one-hour lunch break)
TUSD Scholarships (Fall and Spring Semesters Only)
UA THINK TANK and TUSD are proud to announce that for the fifth year, prep course scholarships will be available to TUSD students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. If you meet the eligibility, you can receive a full prep course scholarship ($350 value). UA THINK TANK and TUSD will sponsor the registration! Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only one scholarship per student will be granted. To register, please download this form and have your school counselor, teacher, or administrator complete and send it back to us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each course includes full-length pre- and post-tests, an instructor-designed student workbook, and an official guidebook: for the SAT, The Official SAT Study Guide, 2020 Edition; for the ACT, The Official ACT Prep Guide 2019-2020. Our combo course includes both books.
Our SAT and ACT courses are generally designed for students to take the test shortly after the conclusion of the course.
The courses cover all the content required for success on each test, as well as essential test-taking strategies and helpful tips for reasoning skills, analysis and persuasive writing, and writing style.
Yes, you must still take the pre-test even if you have already taken the PSAT. The PSAT is similar but not identical to the SAT, and is unrelated to the ACT. Taking the pre-test will provide valuable information about your current performance and helps us evaluate the needs of our students.
Each course prepares only for a single test. The THINK TANK does offer an SAT / ACT combo course that covers basic strategy for both tests. If you elect to take that course, you may take either our SAT course or ACT course for half-price. The program coordinator can assist you with making the necessary arrangements: please contact (520) 626-9873.
Both the SAT and the ACT are accepted at all four-year colleges. Neither test is objectively easier, but they do differ significantly in content, format, and timing, and some students prefer one to the other.
It may be helpful to take practice tests for both the SAT and the ACT. You may also find our SAT / ACT Combo course helpful, as it gives a broad overview of the structure of each test and essential strategies applicable to both.
Below are the general differences between the two tests:
- The SAT emphasizes vocabulary and some of its reading and writing passages are at a higher level than the corresponding passages on the ACT. The SAT contains two math sections, one that permits the use of a calculator and one that does not, but does not test as wide a variety of math concepts as the ACT. SAT questions are often presented in complex ways, testing for logical reasoning skills as well as for content knowledge. As a result, timing on the SAT is more generous than timing on the ACT.
- The ACT is more straightforward than the SAT, and focuses primarily on content knowledge. The ACT contains only one math section and always permits use of a calculator, but tests a few more advanced math concepts than the SAT. In addition to the reading and English sections, the ACT contains a science section that tests reading and reasoning skills and, secondarily, basic scientific literacy. Timing on the ACT is tighter than timing on the SAT.
Yes, there will be homework assigned after every class. You should expect to spend time completing this homework, checking your answers, and analyzing your performance to identify strengths and weaknesses.