ACT, Kaplan announce new online-only test prep course

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The makers of the ACT, the college admissions test, and Kaplan Test Prep, announced a new online-only preparation program on Monday.

The program, called ACT Kaplan Online Prep Live, will offer interactive, real-time, content-based instruction from teachers, and will be free for low-income students. Other students will pay under $200, according to ACT officials. By comparison, Princeton Review offers a course three times a week over a month, running about $1,000.

The platform, which will be available this fall, will include recorded sessions that students can access on any device, according to officials.

The ACT test is taken by more than 3 million students annually, and it is accepted at all four-year colleges and universities across the country.

“This ground-breaking program will help students perform their best not only on test day, but also in the classroom,” said Marten Roorda, chief executive officer of ACT, Inc. “We saw the need for a high-quality, engaging, live teaching experience that connects students with expert instructors through virtual classroom technology. Kaplan is the only organization with the instructional experience and digital expertise to deliver such a quality program with both synchronous and asynchronous learning options, deliverable on any device.”

The announcement was made at the ASU GSV Summit, an education innovation conference, in San Diego.

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