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Our Curriculum

ACT Prep, a 4-book series for high school students, was written to give ALL STUDENTS equal access to ACT Prep instruction. This series, taught in two phases, includes a student text for each section of the ACT: English, Math, Reading, and Science. In phase one, students complete the text to review concepts and learn test-taking strategies. In phase two, students  practice their pacing and evaluate their progress using authentic ACT practice tests.

Students appreciate that each book…

  • Provides practice questions using the ACT format.

  • Teaches test-taking strategies that can be used in all high school courses.

  • Includes enough practice exercises to truly master concepts and strategies.

  • Offers guidance for setting ACT goals, monitoring progress, and creating a plan for test day.

  • Shows students how to analyze their mistakes to determine which concepts they still need to practice.

Teachers appreciate that…

  • Each book can be completed in 2-3 weeks (about 10 hours of classroom time).

  • Each book reviews and reinforces concepts that teachers have previously taught.

  • You don’t need to be an “ACT expert” to effectively teach this series. Everything teachers need is included in the student text or in the teacher packet titled “ACT Basics for Teachers.”

  • The curriculum can be implemented five different ways. Schools can choose the method that serves their needs.

  • Answers are provided for every question asked throughout each book.



Frequently Asked Questions

1. Many colleges have test-optional admission policies. Why should I take the ACT? 
70-80% of all applicants are still sending ACT scores to colleges and universities. Institutions of higher education report significant use of testing data in almost every aspect of the enrollment process. A high ACT score encourages college admissions to overlook a weakness in another area.


2. I understand the benefits of ACT Prep, but why should schools offer it? If a student wants to take an ACT Prep course, shouldn’t it be the student’s responsibility to find one?
Students who take ACT Prep courses have an advantage over students who don’t. Unfortunately many students lack access or do not have the financial means to prepare on their own. Offering ACT Prep during the school day ensures an equitable opportunity for every student.


3. I’d like to add ACT Prep into my curriculum, but some students in my class have plans that don’t include college. How would this book benefit every student?
Except for the advanced math problems at the end of the math section, the ACT tests concepts that every student has already been taught. These books provide a great review. Students also learn test-taking strategies they can use in all of their high school courses and reading strategies that help them read critically and analyze thoroughly.  


4. Can teachers without any previous ACT teaching experience effectively teach students what they need to know?
Yes! Every student book includes all the information teachers need to effectively teach this curriculum. Teachers also receive a packet titled “ACT Basics for Teachers” which includes general ACT information.


5. We are using ACT Prep: English and ACT Prep: Reading in grades 9 and 10. We believe our students would do better in all subject areas if they mastered these skills earlier. Should we use these books in grades 7 and 8 instead of grades 9 and 10?
No. ACT Prep is a high school curriculum. Most of the grammar, punctuation, and reading comprehension skills taught in ACT Prep: English and ACT Prep: Reading are also taught in a 3-book series for middle school. If you want students to learn and practice these skills in grades 6-8, check out Reading Comprehension: Book One, Book Two and Book Three.


"ACT Prep books effectively prepare students not only for the ACT exam itself but also for becoming more proficient readers and writers. Cathy’s proven strategies for test-taking have enabled my students to be more confident and skillful test takers. Nearly every student sees significant improvement in his/her test score after completing the books’ material. Beyond that, however, the ACT Prep books enable students to see areas of weakness and ways to overcome those deficiencies to be more effective communicators."

Shari P.

High School English Teacher

Implementing ACT Prep in Schools

ACT Prep is Taught in Two Phases

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Choose the Approach that Meets Your Needs

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