Dear SECTA Parents & Students,
As you may be aware, the State of Nevada now requires all public school Juniors to take the ACT test. Colleges use ACT scores to help determine college admissions and scholarships. The test will be administered statewide to all Juniors during school on Feb. 27th. If students would like to take the ACT more than once, they’re welcome to sign up for additional tests on their own. Register at: www.ACTstudent.org
For students who would like help preparing for this important exam, Southeast Career and Technical Academy will be working with Tutors Across America to provide a discounted ACT weekend prep camp.
ACT Weekend Boot Camp
SECTA – 5710 Mountain Vista St., Las Vegas, NV 89120
Sat. Feb. 17th: 4:00pm-8:30pm
Sun. Feb. 18th: 9:00am-6:00pm (lunch break from 1:00-2:00)
Mon. Feb. 19th: 9:00am-6:00pm (lunch break from 1:00-2:00)
The ACT weekend camps are averaging 3-7 point improvements per student.
Regular Cost: $299
Discounted Cost: $149 for SECTA students.
SECTA Students: Use coupon code GOROADRUNNERS at checkout
Tutors Across America’s instructor, Ryan Fitzgibbons
Achieved Perfect Score on SAT
Scored in the 99th percentile on ACT
Member of Mensa High IQ Society
Completed Bachelors Degree at BYU in just 2 years
One of Kaplan’s highest rated teachers in the nation for student score improvement
Very friendly, patient, and experienced working with students of all levels
How To Enroll in the ACT Class
(1) Go to: http://TutorsAcrossAmerica.com/ACTcourse
(2) Scroll down to ACT WEEKEND BOOTCAMP
(3) Enroll as directed
(4) SECTA Students: Use coupon code GOROADRUNNERS at checkout
*Students may attend any class with this coupon, not just their home school. --------------------------
Why does the ACT matter?
ACT (or SAT) scores are generally the most important factor universities use in determining scholarship offers. The test scores are second only to GPA in terms of admissions decisions. A good ACT score can mean thousands (or tens of thousands) in scholarships. By scoring a 21 on the ACT, students qualify for the Millennium Scholarship ($10,000). By scoring a 22+, students often qualify for small scholarships at most universities. By scoring 26+, many schools offer mid-level scholarships (thousands to tens of thousands of dollars at most universities, and by scoring a 30+, many students qualify for full tuition and full-ride scholarships (potentially over $100,000 in savings if attending an expensive private university).
What’s considered a good ACT score?
The ACT is scored on a scale of 1-36. The national average is around a 20-21 most years. Nevada’s average has been in the 17 range. To be guaranteed admission to UNLV for example, a student can have either a 3.0 core GPA (Math, English, Science, & Social Studies classes only) or a 22 on the ACT. So a student needs either a solid GPA or a score significantly above the state average (and above the national average) to be admitted to UNLV. If students have both the GPA and test score, they’ll earn additional scholarships.
How much does ACT prep improve scores?
The weekend prep camps are averaging 3-7 point improvements per student. That’s the difference between scoring in the 50th percentile, and scoring in the 80th percentile. Or for students who already start out above average, it could be the difference in the 80th percentile, and the Ivy League level 96th percentile.
Is Test Prep really worth it?
It depends. If a student doesn’t plan to attend college, or if his/her family can pay full tuition price at the university of their choice without a hassle, there may not be a need. But if you’re like the majority of families who can’t imagine how they’d pay the insane $50k+ in annual tuition charged by many private universities, test prep can be a worthwhile investment. As our instructor Ryan explained: “The highlights of my career are when students send me excited emails and messages to report their amazing test scores and college admissions letters. But some of my favorite messages are from parents thanking me for helping their children earn full-ride scholarships. One parent whose child received an amazing scholarship to a California school told me: ‘She got a full ride scholarship worth $160k! We’re taking her college fund and spending it on a fabulous cruise!’”