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Continuing Education Programs

ACT Summer Institute

Gain admission into the college of your choice with the University of South Carolina ACT test preparation. You'll discover the value and quality of our 4-day on campus summer institute. We can help you develop the skills and techniques to elevate your ACT score. Four online review sessions are also included in September leading up to the first exam. 

This course was great!  We covered all of the material we needed to know and I felt much more prepared leading up to the test.


Who should take this course?

Students generally take the ACT during their high school career. This course is ideal for high school students who may be taking the test for the first time and for those high school students who have already taken the exam but wish to improve their scores.

The ACT Summer Institute is ideal for students that need an intensive preparation program during the summer. This one-week institute is delivered over four consecutive days and requires students to continue to practice their skills in the weeks and months leading up to the exam. Students are expected to actively participate in class and in the online review sessions. 


About the Course

In our 4-day ACT Summer Institute, our expert instructors guide you through each section of the ACT exam and provide personal attention in and out of the classroom. This intensive one-week format features instruction from an ACT test preparation expert and extensive online review tools. Our comprehensive program emphasizes the ACT test components: Test Taking Strategies, Question Formats, Math, English, Reading Comprehension, and Science Reasoning.

This affordable and comprehensive course is offered on the USC Columbia campus Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM each day. The course includes 20 hours of education from a subject matter expert with over five years of teaching experience.  

Students receive in-depth review of the exam materials, insight into strategies for succeeding on standardized tests, and a comprehensive study plan. Class sessions use real test questions to show just how these skills are tested. The course fee includes all classroom and online sessions and course materials.

As part of your course program fee, you will receive:

  • 20 hours of expert classroom instruction.
  • The textbook - The Official ACT Prep Guide and a workbook provided on the first day of class.
  • Real ACT practice questions and tests.
  • Easy-to-follow study plan.
  • Four (4) hours of live-online review sessions that will be held in before the first test date. Access to online office hours and recorded review sessions.  

You'll receive an email about one week before the first class begins with the class location and directions.

 Our ACT Prep courses will help take the mystery out of the exam and maximize your ACT score. Courses includes topics covering required test concepts, including: 

Course Topics

Session 1  Introduction to the ACT, English-punctuation and verbs; Math-picking numbers.
Session 2 — English-pronouns, clauses and phrases, logical transitions; Math-advanced picking numbers, equations and inequalities.
Session 3  English-items with special instructions; Math-exponents, fractions and probability.
Session 4 — Reading comprehension; Math-word problems, averages, and percents.
Session 5 — Science reasoning-data representation; Math-rates and proportions.
Session 6 — Science reason- research summary; Math- geometry lines, angles and triangles.
Session 7 — Science reasoning- conflicting viewpoints; Math- polygons, circles, and combinations.
Session 8 — Emglish/Reading/Science review; Writing; Math-coordinate geometry and functions, and trigonometry.

Online review tools will help you stay at your peak

All of the ACT Summer Institutes include online tools to help you perform your best on test day. Four live online review sessions are held in the weeks leading up to the fall ACT test dates. Weekly online office hours also provide a convenient way for you to address specific questions or concerns that you may have. In addition, you will have access to pre-recorded lectures, quizzes and assignments, and a ACT discussion forum. You need only have high-speed access to the internet, speakers, and Adobe Flash Player to participate in the online sessions—no additional software is required. 

Live Online Review Sessions

The interactive, one-hour online review sessions allow you to participate and ask questions of our expert test prep instructors. The live-online review sessions are also recorded—so you can still benefit even if your schedule doesn’t allow live participation. Review sessions will be scheduled between the end of your course and the fall test dates.

Online office Hours

Online office hours are free-form meetings open to any student in an ACT Summer Institute. Instructors will be available to answer any questions that you might have. The sessions are “drop-in” sessions and are student-directed, meaning that there will not be a planned presentation each session. Our instructors will answer questions and work through problems in the order that they are received. 

I found this course to be very beneficial. The instructor helped me understand ways to approach the questions and explained how to answer questions that I struggled with.


Registration and Fees

Dates / SessionsTimesFees
ACT Summer Institute at USC Columbia
7/13/2020 – 7/16/2020

Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday; Thursday
4 Sessions

Register Online or Register By Mail

Notes: Optional parking permit for the week is available for a fee of $45. Class location will be emailed one week before it starts.
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM$499.00


Registration and Payment Notes

If you plan to pay by check or purchase order, select "register by mail." Complete the form and return a printout with payment to: USC Continuing Education and Conferences, Close/Hipp Building at 1705 College Street, Suite 591, Columbia, SC 29208. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received.

We accept online payment via electronic check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express through MarketPlace, a secure electronic environment that simplifies business transactions with the university. Follow the MarketPlace prompts to complete payment. Your transaction is only complete when you receive an order number, which is your receipt of payment. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received and you receive an order number.

Once you have paid and are enrolled, you'll be emailed location and parking information for face-to-face programs or online instructions about one week before the program begins.


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