As high schoolers prepare for ACT testing this year, they have a few extracurricular resources in Ardmore to help them.
The University Center of Southern Oklahoma is holding a four hour ACT prep course next month, and the Southern Oklahoma Library System offers free test prep resources online through a database called Brainfuse.
UCSO coordinator Georgeanne Westfall said the ACT prep course is a concentrated, four hour crash course in test-taking strategies.
“They’ll take sample exams in English, reading, science and math, but the teacher mainly stresses preparation for the test and how to take the test, because the students sometimes do not understand that there is a strategy.”
The class also covers little things like eating and sleeping properly before the test, something that could easily slip a teenager’s mind.
The ACT prep class will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct.14, at the UCSO building in Ardmore. Students must enroll by Oct.12 by calling (580)- 319-0300 or emailing gwestfall@ucso.osrhe.edu. Westfall said the class is offered a few times a year, but can only accommodate 10 to 15 students at a time.
If a student is looking to take multiple practice tests and study ahead of time, the Southern Oklahoma Library System provides access to a database of testing material to card holders for free.
“The nice thing about the computer resource, Brainfuse, is that it has the most current version of the practice test and they can just do it from their home if they want to, or anywhere that they have Wi-Fi,” Champion Public Library spokesperson Gail Currier said.
The Brainfuse database is extensive, covering everything from kindergarten-level study guides to Advanced Placement practice tests to ACT and SAT test prep.
“It also offers tips,” Currier said. “It explains the tests, the different sections, how long they are, and just breaks it all down so when people go take it, they know what they’re doing.”
The database includes information on how long each student will have for each test, how the tests are scored, and even what scores different colleges require.
“It goes into test-taking strategies, it gives them an overview and descriptions of the tests,” Currier said. “What I’d recommend, what I do with my own children, is setting the kitchen timer so they get used to taking it in that time frame.”
 The practice tests are graded immediately once they’re done. The library also has ACT and SAT test-prep books available for checkout, but they usually require a deposit because they’re larger and more expensive than most books in the library.