Online classes target ACT test preparation

Staff report

Students can boost their ACT scores without leaving their rooms.

New online classes this summer will help students master testing strategies, conquer core subjects and build confidence to ace the ACT. The online ACT Prep Course will be from 9 to 11 a.m. June 17, 19, 20, 24 and 26. Another course will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5, 7, 9, 12 and 14.

Students need only a computer with an Internet connection to join a five-session course. The classes provide live interaction between students and teachers.

“The online classes are more flexible for students,” said Laura Icardi, the owner of ACT Test Preparation, which offers traditional and online courses in five counties.

The online courses combine lectures, visual aids, and PowerPoint presentations for effective learning. Live video and audio also keep the classes interactive.

For instance, students can ask questions anytime during the courses by typing their inquiries, or they might choose to use a microphone, instead. Teachers also can monitor students’ typed responses on practice exams to determine whether more time is needed on teaching particular concepts.

Experienced teachers will help students polish their skills in English, math, reading, writing and science, as well as develop test-taking techniques.

The students also will practice solving problems in all subject areas, from figuring algebraic equations to analyzing scientific experiments. They will take sample tests to identify strengths and weaknesses, set goals and increase confidence as scores rise.

Icardi piloted the online course earlier this year as another tool to help area students prep for the ACT.

The course fee is $162. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. To register or receive more information, call Laura Icardi at 330-722-7235, or email

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