Program Information

In 2016, forty four Chicago high school juniors participated in the Prep to Succeed ACT tutoring program, a huge improvement from 2014, our first year of tutoring, when we tutored only twelve students. Our scholars attended four different schools, Curie High School, Josephinum High School, Prosser Career Academy High School and Taft High School. They met with their tutor on Saturday mornings at the DePaul University for eleven weeks from late January until early April to prepare for the April ACT exam.

Each week students spent half of their 3 ½ hour session taking two parts of ACT exams under conditions similar to the actual exam. During the other half of the session tutors reviewed the graded exam to identify areas for improvement and worked individually with their student to improve them. The aspects of the program the students found most beneficial was being able to work individually with their tutor to help them with problem areas and learning test taking techniques.

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  • The average score increased 2.6 points from 20.7 on the practice exam to 23.3 on the actual exam. Chicago Public School students average a score of 18.2 on the ACT.
  • Over 80% of the students improved their score by two points or more, with twelve students gaining four points or more.
  • Two of the students improved their score by six points which was the greatest increase.
  • The scores on the practice exam ranged from 15-27, with 16 students scoring below 20. On the actual exam, only three students scored below 20 and one of those students improved her score by four points from 15 to 19.
  • The highest score achieved by a student was 33, an improvement of six points from her practice exam.
  • Fourteen of the students scored 25 or higher.
  • Our scholars are attending many outstanding universities including DePaul University, University of Illinois-Urbana, University of Illinois-Chicago, Illinois Wesleyan University, Knox College, Loyola University-Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of St. Catherine, and Ball State University. Most of the students received significant scholarships.

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