21 Dec How ACT Prep Class Could Save You $80,000
Student-athletes— are you considering taking an ACT Prep Class? It’s a good idea for your academic and financial future. We have 80,000 reasons for you to commit to the class—in fact, an ACT Prep class could save you $80,000 on college tuition, and help you stay competitive in the classroom, especially when it comes to getting into your top choice college or university.
Parents—we know that it’s common for your student to resist the idea of signing up for an ACT prep class. Maybe your high schooler thinks the investment is a waste of money because they already know the material. However, did you know that college admissions combine your student’s GPA with their test scores to calculate academic-based scholarships? Simply put, higher ACT scores mean more scholarship money, and that means less college debt. While your student-athlete may be counting on athletic scholarship money, the truth is that schools have far more funds available in academic scholarships.
Paying for the ever-rising cost of college plagues parents. The average private school education is now over $190,000! Do we have your attention now? 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. But fear not! Here are a few more tips to lessen the financial burden of college tuition.
Balance is the game: Every college is in search of smart, hard-working students with high character and aspirations. If this is you, you’re on the right track! Keep it up. Challenging yourself with some Honors and AP high school courses will prepare you for college material, but take care to balance your scholastic difficulty while still mastering the material (getting good grades).
Protect your GPA: Most academic scholarships are awarded based on three factors: GPA, scholastic track (# of advanced classes), and standardized test scores (ACT or SAT). If you are taking all Honors and AP courses and you have a low GPA, that won’t help your cause. To raise your GPA, rethink your class load, trim some extracurricular activities, and cut back your time spent on social media. Dedicate more time during the week to studying or private tutoring in your hardest subjects. Some colleges require a 3.5 unweighted GPA* to qualify for any Scholastic money; other schools have more lenient 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 after school.
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 on their ACT can qualify for $18,000 per year in scholastic money. See the chart below for more information about how Carthage College awards scholarships.
At Learning Ascent Tutoring, we help students increase their ACT Comprehensive Scores by an average of 2-6 points. When it comes to scholarship money, just a 2-point increase on your student’s ACT score would mean an extra $2,000 per year ($8,000 over the 4-year education). That 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.
More About the ACT Test
The ACT is a rigorous and demanding test that cover multiple years of scholastic rigor and subject mastery. Without guidance, the majority of students will not maximize their score or improve on a repeat test, according to act.org. Let Learning Ascent’s proven plan help you to beat these odds!
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:
Join An Upcoming ACT Prep Class
- Tuesday 7-9 pm; January 30 – April 10, 2018; (No class 3/27)
- Tuesday 4:30-7 pm; February 13 – April 10, 2018; (No class 3/27)
- Sunday 6:30-9 pm; April 8 – June 3, 2018; (No class 5/27)
- Tues/Thurs 12-2 pm; July 10 – August 9, 2018
- Mon/Wed 6-8 pm; July 9 – August 8, 2018
How do I sign up? You can sign up online at http://www.learningascent.com or call 630-587-2795 to chat with our team 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 timed to prepare you for your chosen 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. Prioritize your future. 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.