ACT Prep

ACT Prep Syllabus:  Mrs. Couch, 2019-20

rachael_couch@ecboe.org

Syllabus for ACT Preparation 2019-2020


For this class, you will need:

Paper

Pencil

Black or Blue ink pen

3-ring binder

(1-inch with dividers)

A Good Attitude

ACT Preparation is a course designed to offer students opportunities to increase their current ACT scores in order to increase their post-secondary opportunities.

The ACT is a college entrance exam created by ACT Inc., in Iowa City, Iowa. The test is meant to indicate how you’ll do with college level work by testing your ability on skills that are deemed necessary for college. The ACT tests skills in four areas of your high school curriculum: English, Math, Reading, and Science. There is also an optional Writing Test, in which you compose a persuasive essay on a theoretical school situation. These areas form the foundation of a typical student’s curriculum in both high school and college.

The ACT is not an intelligence test, and it’s not an indicator of how successful you will be in life.

This course strengthens your skills in every content area, but will allow you to focus on the areas you need to work on to boost your score.

Along with ACT preparation, this class will also cover financial literacy and college planning. During these units we will discuss financial responsibility to preparation for college admissions.



ACT Prep Classroom Expectations

In order to have a smooth, well-functioning classroom environment, that makes effective use of time there are several rules that are necessary for students. The rules are:

- Come to class prepared to learn and on time. (Pencils sharpened, folder in hand, and homework finished)

- Students need to take responsibility for their workspace. Clean up after yourselves daily.

- Respect one another, as well as all ideas discussed in class, do not criticize anyone’s thoughts or ideas.

- If you cheat or attempt to cheat on any assignment you will be given a zero (0).

How does ACT Preparation connect to my future?

Students will learn how to market themselves to employers in order to beat out their competition in the workforce. Students will also learn how to be the best employee possibly by demonstrating a variety of employability skills.

ACT Preparation is a very important class for students that are college-bound.

Students will gain valuable knowledge that will help them become successful college students in the future. Students will research several careers that fall within their career interests in order to plan for your future.


If you are thinking that you have no idea what you want to do after high school, IT IS OKAY!

ACT Preparation is an entry-level course that familiarizes students with the ACT Exam as well as different careers and post-secondary choices. We will gain insight on your career interests throughout the semester. Please do not get discouraged as we discover new possibilities this semester!

Tip 1 - This course will have little homework assigned. Therefore, it is extremely important that you are at school every day to work on the assignments without getting behind in class.

If you consistently miss class, you will find yourself getting behind in class fast! The more you get behind the more time before or after school you are going to have to spend making up work!

Tip 2 – Keep all of your handouts that I give you in your folder. Once you graduate high school you might need them as you prepare for college and career choices, so please keep everything for future reference!

Tip 3 – DO YOUR BELLRINGERS! Bell ringers account for 40 points every week, meaning most points from the semester will come from bell ringers alone. Completing bell ringers may cost you a letter grade!

Tip 4 - Keep track of all of your work. I encourage you to keep all of work for grading purposes. I make mistakes too, so please keep everything in case a grading mishap might occur.

Tip 5 –Keep an open mind throughout this course. We will be discussing a variety of topics from the ACT exam, to career options, to what not to say during an interview, to the dangers of credit cards. So please keep an open mind throughout this semester and be respectful to not only me but to your classmates.

Course Description:

ACT Preparation is a course designed to offer students opportunities to increase their current ACT scores in order to increase their post-secondary opportunities. This course strengthens your skills in content but will also allow you to focus on the areas you need to work on to boost your score. Along with ACT preparation, this class will also cover financial literacy and college planning. During these units we will discuss financial responsibility to prepare for college and career choices that lie ahead. 


Brief Overview:

  • ACT – English, Reading, & Writing
  • Future Decision Making
  • Career & College Explorations
  • Technology Explorations
  • SAT 

  Rules/expectations/cell phone policy:

PHONES, TABLETS, AND/OR SMART WATCHES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN CLASS. THEY MUST BE TURNED OFF AND PUT AWAY UPON ENTERING THE CLASSROOM. (If students are using devices, it will be confiscated by the teacher. First offense: students may collect them at the end of the period. Second offense:  students may collect them at the end of the day. Third offense: students must go to Mr. Edwards in the office to collect their items.) Students are expected to arrive on time every day to class, prepared to work. Students will be assigned a textbook and will need to bring it to class every day.
Students will be assessed in a variety of ways throughout the course, including both open and closed book tests; open notes tests; composition; and online assessments that correlate with the course.  (It is difficult to perform well on any of these items if students are frequently absent.)


Students WILL be graded in this course and are subject to failure for lack of work. How much effort is put forth in this course is vital in how much learning will take place.  The purpose of this class is to teach both study skills and test taking strategies to correlate with the ACT/SAT. You will establish a sound study ethic if you are willing to learn.


Passes out of class:

Because of an added class change, and because of the rise in unacceptable behavior in the restrooms and other areas of the school during class instruction time, students will be allowed to leave the room only three times per grading period. This includes using the restroom. 


If students find they need to leave the room any additional time(s) after their third time during the grading period, students will be assigned Friday break detention each time they go over their three passes.  Students who fail to show up for Friday break detention will be reported to Mr. Edwards and will face disciplinary action.


All rules set forth in the Etowah County Schools Code of Conduct and the Southside High School Handbook will be followed.