ACT Test Preparation Courses

Prepare for the ACT® with Winona State! Learn strategies to improve scores through our intense ACT preparation programs.

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

Winona State offers two versions of ACT Test Prep:

   
These prep courses offer:
  • 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. The curriculum for these courses developed by test-prep experts, who have years of experience writing test 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 online resources continues for 30 days after your last 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 campus. 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.

We’ve partnered with Educational Testing Consultants, a leader in higher education test preparation, to provide these courses.

Each year, Educational Testing Consultants helps thousands of students prepare for the important pre-college standardized tests at major colleges and universities across the United States.

Educational Testing Consultants provides a proven program with a record of success and highly trained, top-quality instructors.

These ACT Prep Courses cover:

  • 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.

ACT Blitz - Live-Online

Prep for the ACT online! ACT Blitz classes, offered during the academic year, are strategically scheduled for the weeks leading up to the most popular ACT test dates.

Classes are scheduled to allow time to practice new skills between sessions. Our multi-week course format allows abundant opportunities for learning and for interacting with our expert instructors.

Classes include 16 hours of instruction, the official preparation guide including practice tests from ACT, a course workbook, and access to our online resources—class recordings, pre-recorded class modules, an instructor-monitored question forum, and online office hours.

The ACT Blitz includes:

  • 16 hours of classroom instruction
  • Experienced, expert instructors
  • Official preparation guide including practice tests from ACT
  • Course workbook
  • Thorough presentations and explanations
  • Easy-to-follow study plan
  • Access to online support resources

Class Schedule & Registration Details

Aug. 17 - Sept. 7

Day/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6pm – 8pm CT
Registration deadline: Aug. 6
Cost: $399 Early Bird (until July 26); $449 Regular
Location: Online

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Sept. 22 - Oct. 18

Day/Time: Mondays & Wednesdays from 6pm – 8pm CT
Registration deadline: Sept. 17
Cost: $399 Early Bird (until Sept. 3); $449 Regular
Location: Online

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Oct. 27 - Nov. 22

Day/Time: Mondays & Wednesdays from 6pm – 8pm CT
Registration deadline: Oct. 23
Cost: $399 Early Bird (until Oct. 15); $449 Regular
Location: Online

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ACT Live-Online Summer Institute

The ACT Live-Online Summer Institute is an intensive test prep program that provides students with the tools they need to prepare for and succeed on the ACT.

Each course includes 20 hours of online instruction. Choose from a condensed one-week or two-week format or spread your preparation out over the entire summer.

Our Live-Online Summer Institutes are convenient for students seeking to develop essential test-taking tools during the summer, when many students have more time available for practice.

Students receive in-depth review of the exam materials, insight into strategies for succeeding on standardized tests, and a comprehensive study plan, and extended online support.

 

You will receive the official preparation guide including practice tests from ACT, a course workbook, and access to our online resource—class recordings, pre-recorded class modules, an instructor-monitored question forum, and online office hours.

In addition, four one-hour online review sessions are scheduled in the weeks leading up to the most popular fall test date.

The ACT Live-Online Summer Institute includes:

  • 20 hours of direct instruction
  • Experienced, expert instructors
  • Official preparation guide including practice tests from ACT
  • Course workbook
  • Thorough presentations and explanations
  • Easy-to-follow study plan
  • Access to online support resources
  • 4 hours of live-online review leading up to the fall test dates

Online Review Tools to Help You Stay at Your Peak

The ACT Live-Online Summer Institute includes online tools to help you maintain your skills until test day!

Four online review sessions are held in the weeks leading up to the fall ACT test dates. 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 recorded—you can still benefit even if your schedule doesn’t allow live participation. Review sessions will be scheduled between the end of the course and the fall test dates.

You need only high-speed internet access and speakers or headphones to participate in the online sessions—no additional software is required.

Weekly online office hours provide a convenient way for you to get individualized help with specific questions or concerns that you may have. Online office hours are free-form meetings open to all participants from the ACT Summer Institutes.

Instructors will be available to answer any questions that you might have. The sessions are “drop-in” and are student-directed, so there will not be a planned presentation for each session. Instead, our instructors will answer questions and work through problems in the order that they are received.

In addition, you will have access to an online instructor-monitored question forum and to recordings of an expert instructor explaining and reviewing all the class modules.

Access to the online resources will continue until the end of the calendar year, so you will have extended support as you complete your preparation independently.

Class Schedule & Registration Details

July 6 - 15

Day/Time: Monday through Friday from 12pm – 2:30pm CT
Registration deadline: June 29
Cost: $499 Early Bird (until June 21); $549 Regular
Location: Online


July 12 - 15

Day/Time: Monday through Thursday from 10am – 1pm & 2pm - 4pm CT
Registration deadline: July 5
Cost: $499 Early Bird (until June 28); $549 Regular
Location: Online