Online Courses

ACT Essentials Online

Students can boost their ACT scores by 2-4 points in as little as four weeks with our online test prep program.

  • Per student or sitewide licenses
  • Year-long access
  • Over 30 lessons and 36 additional practice modules
  • 600+ authentic practice questions


  • Time Management Strategies: Students who complete this course learn to better manage their time on the ACT. In ACT Essentials, we teach students the techniques they need to know to beat the clock.
  • Structure of the ACT: ACT Essentials helps students crack the code on the structure of the ACT. Students learn how the test is set up, what kinds of questions it asks, and how to follow the test directions (as well as when it’s best not to).
  • ACT-Specific Test-Taking Strategies: Some ACT test items can be tricky, but in ACT Essentials we show students how to use that fact to their advantage. Students learn powerful strategies that can double the effectiveness of their guesses and give them an edge on test day..
  • Lots of Authentic Practice Problems: Just because a student understands a grammar or math concept doesn’t mean that he or she is prepared for how it will be asked about on the ACT. ACT Essentials practice questions exactly match the format and rigor of real ACT test questions, and each topic includes five times more practice questions than traditional test prep books.
  • Subject-Specific Tips and Strategies: ACT Essentials helps students make substantial gains in each subject area. For example:
    • How to ignore distractors in English and reading
    • How to avoid becoming confused by technical jargon and equations in the science section
    • Which math formulas students need to know


Our course is powered by Acrobatiq, the result of Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative, which means that your students experience a course that incorporates the latest research developments in online learning.

  • Learn by doing: Our course isn’t a wall of text or a river of passive video streams. Students actually take action and complete activities to move through to course completion. As a result, they stay engaged and learn more.
  • Hinting system: Students disengage when a question is too difficult. Our hinting system gently prompts them in the right direction, like a tutor over their shoulder, to keep them on track.
  • Learning estimates: Every task and piece of content in our course is tied to ACT College Readiness Standards, and each time students interact with the content, the software updates its learning estimate. The result? Deep insights into student performance across every essential college readiness standard.
  • Adaptive practice: Not every student needs the same amount of practice. Students who did well in the lesson move straight to the harder questions, while students who struggled are given more runway. 
“MasteryPrep’s products are helping us raise our students’ ACT scores, and their customer service is second to none. We have been thoroughly pleased with every aspect of MasteryPrep’s services. They are a first class company with a first class product!”
Nic Mounts
Centerpoint High School, AR
“The MasteryPrep staff is always so friendly, professional, and provides immediate attention to every need and detail. The products are wonderful and the personal attention given to our schools and faculty in assisting with the implementation of resources is what makes this ACT initiative the best in the country.”
Traci Aucoin
GEAR UP Director, Lafayette Parish School District, LA

Featured District

De Soto Parish School District provided its students with the ACT Mastery Student Online App throughout the 2013-2014 school year. Subsequently, the number of students meeting state ACT standards improved by more than 15% at Logansport High School and more than 50% at Mansfield High School.
“[Because] our district achieved a one-to-one device ratio, with an iPad available to every high school student, we knew that we had to find software that would help us make the most of this exciting opportunity for our students. The ACT Mastery Student Online App fit the bill. It’s a student-friendly application that allows us to reach every student in our district with ACT preparation. Desoto Parish School District strives to help our students achieve college readiness, and ACT Mastery Student Online App is a part of that.”

Further Reading

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