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Grand Rapids Learning Foundation to provide ACT prep courses this summer

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This summer, the Grand Rapids Learning Foundation will host ACT prep courses for students grades 8-12th. Courses will cover unique test characteristics and key strategies for effective test taking.

/Katie Kirouac

Registration is now open for the Grand Rapids Learning Foundation’s Summer Series ACT prep courses! This summer, the Grand Rapids Learning Foundation (GRLF) will host ACT prep courses for students grades 8-12th at the Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan. GRLF’s ACT prep courses cover the ACT’s unique characteristics and model application of key strategies for effective test taking. Students will gain confidence through understanding the skills measured in each ACT subject and practicing strategies to effectively employ those skills. Individual courses include All Subjects Overview, English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing.


The All Subjects Overview course provides an overview of what the ACT is, how it’s used by colleges, and helpful tips for test taking. Students who have not yet taken the ACT or who have never had an ACT class are encouraged to enroll. This 2 day course will be offered on July 7-8 @1-2:50pm and July 13-14 @3-4:50pm.

The ACT English test addresses grammatical understanding and development of effective sentence structures. This course reveals the broad variety of English concepts covered on the ACT, and our educators model helpful tricks and techniques to enhance understanding. Students will closely study and practice application of those concepts, improving their ability to distinguish correct answers. This 2 day course will be offered on July 7-8 @3-4:50pm, July 13-14 @5-6:50pm, and July 27-28 @3-4:50pm.

The ACT Math test presents questions from a range of mathematical levels, and not always in the most familiar format. This prep course offers students helpful tools for solving ACT math problems. Brushing up on past math concepts or learning something new only improves students’ preparation for this ACT subject! This 2 day course will be offered on July 15-16 @1-2:50pm, July 27-28 @1-2:50pm, and July 29-30 @3-4:50pm.

The ACT Reading test does not simply address overall comprehension of written passages, but also presents questions about specific details. Students will learn specific ACT Reading test strategies that enhance the brain’s ability to recognize & recall necessary information upon swift reading, as well as overall conceptual importance. This 2 day course will be offered on July 15-16 @ 3-4:50pm, July 22-23 @ 5-6:50pm, and August 3-4 @5-6:50pm.

The ACT Science Reasoning test tends to intimidate students because of its unfamiliar nature. This course enlightens students with understanding of what the test actually measures, models utilization of necessary skills and strategies, and promotes confidence through comprehensive practice. This 2 day course will be offered on July 9-10 @1-2:50pm, July 22-23 @3-4:50pm, and July 29-30 @1-2:50pm.

While the ACT offers the option to take the ACT Writing portion, many colleges actually require taking it. This course will teach a methodical approach to writing an effective essay using the writing process stages and addressing significant components ACT graders measure. Through evaluation of sample essays, students will discover what writing tactics to use and what to avoid. Students will write practice essays and receive reciprocal feedback to enhance their skills, confidence, and test preparation. This 2 day course will be offered on July 9-10 @3-4:50pm and August 10-11 @1-2:50pm.

Each course includes approximately 4 hours of contact time with the instructor and is kept small, so that students get targeted practice and have the opportunity to get all of their questions answered. Each course costs approximately $60 plus the cost of materials, which students may keep for their own future use. Any student who is eligible for free or reduced lunch may apply for a GRLF scholarship to attend courses at a free or reduced rate. Please visit for more information, or to register now for summer ACT courses! 

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