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Free Test Prep in I Have A Plan Iowa™ 

With fall test dates for the ACT and SAT quickly approaching, many students are looking for ways to help them achieve high scores. Iowa students have an added advantage because they have free access to test prep resources through I Have A Plan Iowa™ located here https://secure.ihaveaplaniowa.gov/ !


Iowa College Aid provides free ACT, SAT and GRE test prep to help students strengthen skills, learn test-taking strategies, and gain more confidence in their abilities. This is provided free of charge to all Iowa students through the College Planning section of I Have A Plan Iowa™, a comprehensive web-based system for exploring education and career options.

The test prep program covers current subject areas and question types included in each of the standardized college admission tests. User-friendly tutorials encourage students by providing hints and suggestions for incorrect responses as well as detailed explanations for correct answers.
The test prep includes:

  • Ability for the student to enter an anticipated test date to personalize the preparation program depending on the length of time available to prepare.
  • Allows for the student to enter a “coach” who receives information on his/her progress.
  • Practice sessions that adapt to each student’s ability level so that the difficulty of the questions match each student’s ability.
  • Test-taking tips that provide strategies for time and stress management as well as an interactive game to help with guessing strategies.
  • Timed sample tests help students to identify their strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to design their own effective study programs.
  • The timed tests are designed to mimic actual admission exams and should be taken at the end of the test prep program.
  • Includes a vocabulary builder to improve verbal skills.

Tests are held throughout the year for the ACT and SAT exams. Students can register online for the ACT at www.actstudent.org and for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com. Upcoming ACT exam dates for the 2013-2014 academic year are listed below:

Test DateRegistration Deadline(Late Fee Required)
September 12, 2015August 7, 2015August 8–21, 2015
October 24, 2015September 18, 2015September 19–October 2, 2015
December 12, 2015November 6, 2015November 7–20, 2015
February 6, 2016*January 8, 2016January 9–15, 2016
April 9, 2016March 4, 2016March 5–18, 2016
June 11, 2016**May 6, 2016May 7–20, 2016

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February test date.
**See Non-Saturday testing for information related to this test date.

College Admissions Testing information

Students who are interested in attending a 4-year public or private institution will most likely be required to take an admissions test. There are several options, the most common are listed below. Many schools accept either the ACT or SAT. Be sure to closely review registration deadlines and cost information.  Most students attending Midwest colleges take the ACT.

ACTwww.actstudent.org Register online and gain more information about the test and test tips. 

The ACT test is given nationally 5-6 times per year. Students may register using a mail-in form available in the Guidance Office or by registering online. Be sure to check registration deadlines for your desired test date. Students may take the test more than once. The highest score is used by admissions officers.

Benton High School Code: 164-385

SAT- www.collegeboard.com

The SAT is given nationally 7 times per year. Students may register via the website. Be sure to check registration deadlines for your desired test date. Students may take the test more than once. The highest score is used by admissions officers.


Placement Testing Information

Some community colleges use placement tests in order to accurately place students in math and english classes. A common one used in our area is the COMPASS test. Students may register to take the compass test as a part of their admissions process to their selected community college, and it is a required part of admissions at Kirkwood Community College. Students who take the ACT may not be required to also take the COMPASS test.  Click on this link in order to receive further information about the COMPASS as well as test tips. 

http://www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html

Call Kirkwood Community College at 319-398-5456 to schedule a time to take the COMPASS.  It is free. 





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