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New ACT Prep Course Kicks Off April 10 at CVCC

UPublish story by Korinne Caniglia

Area students can stay in the game by netting higher ACT scores for college admission and scholarship dollars.

They will master skills and overcome testing jitters to boost scores and open doors to their top colleges after joining a new course next month. Better scores will rival peers as college entrance becomes more competitive and costly.

The ACT test-preparation course will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, 8001 Brecksville Road, Brecksville. The five-week course will be on Thursdays, starting April 10. Students must register before March 26.

In the previous courses, some students have averaged up to five-point increases on ACT practice exams. The students take sample tests to identify weaknesses, set goals and build confidence as scores rise, said Laura Icardi, the owner of ACT Test Preparation, which offers traditional classes throughout Northeast Ohio, as well as online courses.

“The main reason to prepare is to make sure the test score reflects your ability,” said Icardi, who first taught the course at the University of Akron. “It is getting more competitive getting into college, and the scholarship dollars are important. We review material comprehensively, plus focus on strategies.”

Experienced teachers will review skills in English and math, as well as test-taking techniques. Students also will solve problems in all subjects, from figuring algebraic equations to editing sentences to analyzing scientific experiments.

The sessions promise personal study plans and homework assignments, based on individual needs. Class sizes are small and made up of fewer than 24 students. Both small group and individual instruction are available.

Icardi said: “Over the last several years, the number of students preparing to take the test has increased, as well as the student’s awareness that he or she can do something to increase a score and this is how. My goal is to help the students feel more confident and get a higher score.”

The course fee is $162, which includes materials. Financial aid is available for qualifying students.

To register before March 26 or receive more information on traditional or online classes, call Laura Icardi at 330-722-7235, or email Parents and students also can visit the website at

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