ACT and Kaplan Announce New Online Test Prep Program at ASU-GSV Summit

This week at the ASU-GSV Summit, ACT, Inc. and Kaplan announced a new partnership: Online Prep Live, a test prep program to help high schoolers prepare for the ACT.

In a video press conference from Monday at the ASU GSV Summit, Lee Weiss, VP of pre-college and K-12 programs at Kaplan, spoke to the feedback they received from a pilot program tested by schools throughout the spring.

“We know we’ll be leveraging mass streaming technology to offer live interactive learning on any device at any time,” said Weiss.

Among the proposed features there will be live classes, the ability to speak or message other students and teachers in real time, study resources, practice tests and multimedia tools.

According to the press release, there will also be free resources for low income students, “the program will cost less than $200 and will be provided for free to low-income students who register for the ACT with a fee waiver.” According to ACT, $34 million in fee waivers were submitted by 700,000 students in the 2014-15 school year.

Although a pilot has been tested and has received feedback, the official launch will be in fall 2016. Until then, ACT is hosting three streamable teaching events, the first will be on April 30.

We had a chance to sit down with Kaplan’s Lee Weiss and ACT’s Marten Roorda to get the full story at the ASU-GSV Summit this week. Tune into the full interview to learn more.

Nate Leese

Nate Leese

Nate Leese is an Emerson College senior journalism student focusing on long term photography projects and visual media. Growing up a third culture kid he enjoys learning about relationships between cultures during times of change.