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ACT Prep

Discover methods to maximize your ACT score. Offered year-round on campus or through live online class, you'll uncover the convenience, value and quality of ACT prep courses offered through the University of South Carolina. Learn the skills and techniques needed to ace the ACT exam.

Since 2006, USC's University Test Prep has helped over 800 students prepare for the ACT exam. Let us assist you with meeting your potential on the exam.

We understand the vital role college entrance exams like the ACT play in college admission and scholarship opportunities. Properly prepared students are more likely to perform to their highest potential after completing a test preparation course.

All of our ACT test prep course options include expert instruction, a proven format, all required course materials, access to diagnostic exams, and online support resources in one convenient, affordable package. 

  • Expert Instructors: Our test prep instructors are highly trained professionals.  Our experienced instructors know the ACT and care about helping you achieve your goal.
  • Proven Strategies: USC's curriculum was developed by test prep experts, who have years of experience writing exam questions and preparing students for success.
  • Superior Materials: The ACT Prep Class includes the official preparation guide including practice tests from ACT and a course workbook.
  • Online Support: Our online support package for both in-person and live-online ACT classes includes access to recordings of all class modules, an instructor-monitored question forum, and online office hours. Access to the student portal which contains these online resources continues through 120 days after your last scheduled day of class, so you will still have support for your independent practice after class is over.
  • Convenient Schedule Options: Classroom test prep programs are conveniently held on the USC campus in Columbia, SC. Live online classes provide alternative schedules and the added benefit of taking the class from anywhere in the world.
  • Value: The course fee includes all course materials, access to online resources, and instruction from a trained professional who cares about your success.

All ACT prep classes include:

  • 16 hours of classroom instruction
  • Experienced, dedicated instructors
  • Official preparation guide which includes practice tests from ACT
  • Course workbook
  • Thorough presentations and explanations
  • Review of frequently-tested topics
  • Access to online support resources

You can choose the environment that best fits your learning style and schedule. Take a look at our prep courses to see which one best fits your needs and your schedule and learn more about the ACT exam and application information by visiting About ACT and USC.                             


This ACT class was great. I know more about the ACT than I did before. We covered all of the material we needed to know for the test.

Our Prep Course Curriculum

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: 

  • Practice solution techniques for problems containing variables.
  • Learn efficient approaches to complicated multi-step problems.
  • Discover tactics for translating difficult word problems into equations.
  • Identify correct idiomatic speech in sentence correction problems.
  • Understand the basic concepts of rhetorical construction.
  • Learn which grammar errors are most frequently tested.
  • Understand which part of the passage to read for reading comprehension questions.
  • Recognize the difference between global and local test items.
  • Identify passages written from the journalistic and engaged perspectives.
  • Identify parameters for test items involving graphs and charts.
  • Interpolate or extrapolate answers from data given in tables.
  • Recognize the point of an experiment in research summary items.
  • Use the process of elimination.
  • Master time management skills.
  • Minimize test anxiety.
  • Identify common distractors.


This was a very informative course and the material was explained thoroughly.

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