ACT Test Preparation

This fall, New Trier faculty members in the English, Science, and Mathematics Departments will again offer an after-school ACT test preparation course for all interested juniors and seniors. If your student's after-school schedule is busy this fall, we offer another session in the winter for juniors.

The American College Testing Program (ACT) measures verbal and mathematical ability. Colleges use the ACT to assist in the selection of applicants. Review courses frequently increase scores, in part by diminishing test anxiety. While enrolling in such a course does not guarantee higher scores, students reach their testing potential with training in the following areas: reading comprehension, sentence completion, vocabulary, student-written essays, critical reasoning, science reasoning, discrete quantitative math, and student-produced responses. Students also increase their scores and confidence level by taking previous versions of the official tests, a key component of our program.


We offer eighteen (18) hours of classroom instruction to train students. The course is offered at different paces based on students' current course level in math and English. Students are placed in Pace A Math if enrolled in a level-three math course or above; students are placed in Pace B Math if enrolled in a level-two math course or below. The same occurs for English and science.

Our program includes two (2) full-length practice exams to acquaint students with the test format and pacing; these tests gauge improvement during the program. We provide all materials, in-depth teacher instruction, and guided practice with test-taking strategies. Instruction will be after school every day--Mondays through Thursdays--at the Winnetka campus. The fee is $350, but reduced to $325 for online registrations completed on our payment page.