What is Crushing the Test ACT prep course?
Crushing the Test was developed with the intention of getting you into the college of your choice, and not needing any money out of pocket or student loan to pay for it.
In the 1st week of the course, you will apply to the top 6 colleges you want to consider and will know the requirements needed to be accepted for scholarships like the Presidential Scholarship and other full ride scholarships.
Imagine going to the college of your choice, without having to pay for it.
How many points will my score go up after taking the prep course?
If you follow the course and prepare as instructed, you can expect a minimum composite score of a 5 point increase. Most students see upwards to 10, and some even more. With Valencia Belle as creator of Crushing the Test, we are the only ACT prep course that is allowed to claim these point increases.
What can I expect from the course?
The six weeks includes: Week 1 – to complete a 4 hour pretest to see where you currently stand with your scores. Even if you have taken the test already, the pretest should be taken. Also in week 1, you are to research and apply to 6 colleges that you want to attend, knowing the requirements of GPAs and ACT scores for any and all scholarships available, whether you are for academic scholarships or athletic scholarships.
The next 4 weeks will cover each section of the test. You will gain an understanding on how and why each question of the ACT is given, and the know-how of answering them correctly.
You will also be required to read a 200 page book each week for the 6 weeks of the course. That’s only 28 pages a day, each week. This is designed to get you reading faster and more comfortably so that when you are taking the ACT, the reading of scenarios for questions will not intimidate you on the times given for each section of the test.
Week 2 – English
Week 3 – Math
Week 4 – Reading
Week 5 – Science
Week 6 – Overview/review of material and post test to see how well the prep course helped your score. If you are taking the course to coincide with testing dates, a 7th week is there to go over any sections you feel you need additional help in.
What if I want to improve my score even more after taking the prep course?
You can go thru the course as many times as you feel you need for a better score, although if you give the course complete effort on your first attempt, you will not need a 2nd testing or 2nd prep course.
During the 1st week of the prep course you will research and apply for at least 6 colleges you want to consider. This will give you the information needed to qualify for scholarships. If you meet these requirements with your scores, then wanting is higher score would be a personal goal. Consider why you would feel the need to take the test and prep course again.
How long is the prep course?
The prep course is 6 weeks long. It is intensive and designed to completely give you the exact skills you need to increase your score 5-10 points afterwards. Your participation is dependent on how well the course serves you.
Why do I need to read a book a week during the prep course?
All 4 sections fo the ACT involves reading of scenerios for the questions. With each section of the test being timed, allowing only seconds per question, your speed in reading the test content and the stress you may develop of reading them could lead to inadequate answering.
The reading requirement is based on 200 pages per week (that’s only 28 pages a night) on the subject of your choice.
This is based on your honest efforts but the reading will increase your reading speed, your comprehension, and your comfortability in reading. Thus giving you the confidence and improved skill when it comes to reading the small scenerios on the test, versus 200 pages a week.
When should I take the prep course?
It is never too soon to take the ACT, therefore it is never too soon to take the Crushing the Test Prep Course.
It can be, however, too late to take the ACT when it comes to applying for scholarship money.
The prep course is 6 weeks long, and we prefer a 7th week to give yourself a break from the studying and/or give yourself a bit more time to go over any areas you feel needed.
It is not advised to take the prep course less than 6 weeks before the test date. You will only run the risk of developing anxiety and confusion on test day.
With all of that being said, it is ideal to start preparing for the ACT in the 7th grade. However, ACT recommends that you start taking the test your junior year because by then you will probably have completed the coursework corresponding to the test material.
The reason why we recommend earlier is due to the fact that the ACT is structured a certain way by questions, not material; if you can gain the skills to master that structure, it doesn’t matter what the questions are. In return, colleges can begin scouting you out earlier, giving you a wider choice range of where you want to attend college.