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ACT Weekend Classroom Course

Prepare for the ACT in a classroom environment with onsite instructors. The ACT Prep course is available multiple times a year and held during the weekends on the UofSC campus in Columbia. Our affordable price makes it even easier to perform your best.

This course was extremely helpful.  I feel much more prepared to take the ACT than I did the first time, when I studied on my own.

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The University of South Carolina's flagship campus provides exceptional academic resources in an energetic environment that easily connects you to other students. Nestled in downtown Columbia, you'll be close to everything.

Who should take this course?

Students generally take the ACT during their junior year of high school. This course is ideal for current 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.

This ACT weekend course is ideal for students that need an intensive preparation program during the school year who wish to develop essential test-taking tools. Students are expected to actively participate in class.


About the Course

Our expert instructors guide you through each section of ACT exam and provide personal attention in and out of the classroom. Learn useful study and test-taking strategies and time management skills to help limit test anxiety.

This affordable and comprehensive course is offered on the UofSC Columbia campus on Sundays afternoons or Saturday mornings. This once a week course is delivered over four weekends and requires students to continue to practice their skills during the week, leading to greater opportunities for learning and interaction with our expert instructors.

Our comprehensive program emphasizes the ACT test components including test taking strategies, question formats, process of elimination, math, reading, and writing and language. 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 instruction and course materials.

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

  • 16 hours of expert classroom instruction
  • The textbook - The Real ACT Prep Guide and a workbook provided on the first day of class
  • Real ACT practice questions and tests
  • Easy-to-follow study plan  

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

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


My instructor was great!  He provided me with a wide range of strategies.  All of the topics were covered and I was able to practice real ACT questions from older exams.    


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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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