Free online ACT prep offered for MHS juniors

The American College Testing (ACT) exam is coming up for high school juniors, and a free online prep course is available to all students.

Similar to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the ACT indicates a student’s level of college readiness based on skills in reading comprehension, mathematics, science, English and writing. Both tests are used for college admissions and merit-based scholarships, however, the ACT has a science section and the SAT does not. The SAT is also different in that it has a mathematics section that does not allow calculator use.

This year, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for College), has paid for free online tutoring for all grades in all academic areas through, but only juniors can access the free ACT prep. All juniors have received a school email with information concerning the ACT. To access the free tutoring for ACT, juniors need to visit, type in their McDowell County Schools Gmail address and use the password ACT123.

“Most students don't think (the ACT) ‘counts.’ Then they roll into their senior year and don't have a decent score to submit on college applications. They also don't realize the range of scores colleges are looking for and how good ACT scores can be used in place of the placement test given at the community college,” said GEAR Up Facilitator Pat Gross.

The online test prep provides a comprehensive review of the ACT’s four subjects, identifies student strengths and where they need work, creates personalized learning paths, helps students become more familiar with the format of the ACT and gives each student online access, including a free mobile app.

The cost for taking the ACT is $62.50 which includes the writing section. Juniors will take the ACT online on Tuesday, Feb. 27 and should bring a fully-charged Chromebook with them to school that day.

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