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Sep 25
Mid-Plains offers help with ACT test prep


Preparing for the ACT just got a little bit easier. 

The Business and Community Education department at Mid-Plains Community College is now offering an ACT Test Prep class. 

Dr. Brenda Petersen, owner of Cervelle Consulting Services, Inc., is the instructor for the six-week course. Class time is one day per week, typically a Sunday afternoon, for three hours each session. 

"This class teaches students what to expect on the ACT exam and how to take it," said Petersen. "It's often the opposite of how they are trained to take a test in school." 

Petersen maintains that the ACT isn't that difficult – it's just presented in an unusual manner. 

"It is not a normal high school test," said Petersen. "The ACT is only challenging because it is a weird test of basic skills. ACT questions are always written so that exactly one answer choice is valid according to the test's rules. So, if we can't distinguish a correct answer, it is because we have made a mistake and read the question wrong." 

Her ACT Test Prep class shows students how to conquer the mind game. Petersen's proven methods for achieving a high score utilize a triangulated approach, including diagnostic assessments, practice tests, linked skill review and test-taking strategies. 

She draws on insights and practices from brain function and psychology to help students gain a better understanding of the ACT test design and develop a positive outlook on the test, both of which assist in diminishing anxiety. 

"Students [struggling with the ACT] are often told they need to learn more math, grammar, or science when it's more likely their problem is related to executing some basic skills in a consistent manner," said Petersen. "Standardized tests like the ACT require a higher degree of precision and consistency." 

More information about her class, including upcoming sessions, is available through the BCE department at 535-3614, or Registration is $325, which includes materials. 

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​