So your High Schooler has some “push back” on attending an ACT Prep class? Perhaps they believe the classes will cut into their busy social calendar; that ACT prep is unnecessary because they “know it”; or that the investment in an ACT class is a waste of money.

Want some reasons to pursue an ACT prep class? How about 80,000 of them … as in dollars…as in $80,000! Colleges combine GPA with College Prep Test scores to calculate academic based scholarships. Higher scores mean more money, and what’s more necessary than college debt relief? Frankly, Scarlett (Johansson), you have my attention now!

Learn the game: Paying for the ever-rising cost of College plagues parents. The average private school education is now over $190,000! Many of us are sandwiched between school-age kids and aging parents, which means we simply don’t have the $200,000 per student ready to transfer to the Bursar’s coffers. Take heart — we have good news!

Every college is in search of smart, hard-working students with high character. If this is you, you’re on the right track! Keep it up. Challenging yourself with some Honors and AP Courses will prepare you for college material, but take care to balance your scholastic rigor (hard classes) while still mastering the material (getting good grades).

Protect your GPA: Most academic scholarships are based on GPA, scholastic track (tough classes), and standardized test scores (ACT or SAT). If you are taking all Honors and AP courses and you have a low GPA, it’s time to either rethink the class load, work harder, trim some extracurricular activities, or cut back on the social media. Some colleges require a 3.5 unweighted GPA* to qualify for any Scholastic money; other colleges are less tight with the criteria, but mastering tough subjects, scoring well on the ACT, and earning a high GPA is a recipe for success. This might mean taking fewer Honors and AP Classes — especially if you play a sport or have a job.

Do the math: Getting help with tough high school subjects and preparing for your standardized tests is a smart investment. At Carthage College in Wisconsin, a student with a 3.5 GPA and a 24 ACT can qualify for $18,000 per year in scholastic money. See the chart below for more information about how Carthage College awards scholarships.

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At Learning Ascent Tutoring, we help students increase their ACT Comprehensive Scores by an average of 2-6 points. Just a 2-point increase would net another $2,000 per year or $8,000 over the 4-year education – this pays for the ACT prep class ten times over. For our Carthage student with a new ACT of 26, this would yield a total scholastic award of $80,000! Now, that is a great Return on Investment!

Additionally, According to some estimates, between 28% and 40% of college freshmen are eligible to attend college, but have to take remedial courses in either English or math. Unfortunately, at most schools, those remedial courses are expensive and don’t count for college credit.

Want to know more about the ACT Tests? The ACT is a rigorous and demanding test that cover multiple years of scholastic rigor and mastery. Without guidance, the majority of students will not maximize their score or improve on a repeat test. Let Learning Ascent’s proven plan help you to beat these odds!  (act.org).

College admission testing is one of the criteria used by colleges to vet students. Your performance on this test —  along with GPA, extracurricular interests, volunteerism, and the quality of your character — will help determine which colleges are the best fit for a given student.

When are the next ACT Prep Classes at Learning Ascent? We offer test prep courses year-round to coincide strategically with the 7 test dates available.  Learning Ascent’s 20-hour ACT prep class covers high school material through junior year and prepares students to achieve the best score possible.  Here are our class start dates:

ACT Classes:

  • Jan 21 – March 24, 2020 (Tuesdays 7-9 pm)
  • Feb 2 – March 22, 2020 (Sundays 1:30 – 4 pm)

Interested in SAT Prep Classes instead? We offer the same 20-hour rate for SAT prep as we do for ACT. The fall class availability for SAT is as follows:

SAT Classes:

  • Jan 30 – April 19, 2020 (Thursdays 7 – 9 pm)
  • Feb 3 – April 13, 2020 (Mondays 4 -6 pm)
  • Feb 17 – April 13, 2019 (Mondays 6:30 – 9 pm)

How do I sign up? You can sign up online here or call 630-587-2795 to speak to us personally about the best test for your student. We are here to answer your questions and learn more about your unique situation.

Our Guarantee: After completing all twenty hours of ACT Prep (Class or Private Tutoring) and the required practice work, if you are not satisfied with your ACT score gain, you may re-attend classes for up to six months without charge. Classes are strategically times to prepare you for a particular test date; you must take the targeted ACT test while the material is fresh in your mind.

In the whirlwind of our lives, we spend vast amounts of energy managing the immediate and unimportant. Proactive decisions around college and standardized test prep can be subjugated to the immediacy of high school social lives, sports, or social media. Don’t make this mistake. Call today and enroll in a class or tough subject tutoring! Inspiring student success is what we do! 630.587-2795

*Unweighted GPAs are measured on a scale of 0 to 4.0 and do not take the difficulty of your courses into account. This means that an “A” in an AP class and an “A” in a low-level class will both translate into 4.0’s.

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One Comment

  1. Jennifer December 28, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Wow, so applicants to Carthage could earn $8000 more in scholarships just by increasing their ACT score from 29 to 30?!?! That is a really great return on investment of time for a student and ACT prep tutoring costs for the parent.

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