Master the ACT
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Master the ACT

A start-to-finish ACT prep program designed to help students achieve their maximum potential score on test day.
4.2 (21 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
526 students enrolled
Created by Patrick Garvey
Last updated 10/2013
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
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  • 10 hours on-demand video
  • 53 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • To pass on expert ACT knowledge and strategy to students in an clear, efficient method
  • To help you achieve your maximum potential ACT score - which means more admittance letters, scholarships, and choices
  • To help you feel calm and confident on test day because you know that you are fully prepared
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  • The Real ACT Prep Guide (3rd Edition)
  • Calculator with graphing capabilities
  • No previous knowledge of the ACT necessary!

"My goal was to score above a 30 on the ACT and I surpassed that with the help of Master the ACT" - Aaron, freshman @ Centre College


"My ACT score went up 3 points using the strategies in Master the ACT" - Ellie, freshman @ Vanderbilt University


"Not only does Patrick cover all of the basic ACT material in detail, but he breaks down the questions until they make complete sense. There is no doubt that his instruction was a major factor in my success. Highly recommended!" - Christina, freshman @ College of Charleston


"Before this course, I was dreading the college application process. Now, I'm going into my senior year with a great ACT score and I'm actually excited about applying to schools. It's a great feeling." - Sean, freshman @ University of Kentucky


"I went from a 23 to a 26 thanks to Master the ACT." - Joseph, senior at Trinity High School


Master the ACT is a comprehensive, start-to-finish ACT prep program designed to help students achieve their maximum potential score on test day. That means we'll cover all four sections of the test in great detail, providing the explanations and strategy you need to make your ACT score stand out on your college applications.

As a veteran ACT instructor, I have spent hundreds of hours perfecting strategies and explaining concepts to students in a live classroom environment. While it's nice to get to work with students in-person, it is very difficult to teach at a pace that is optimal for everyone. I've learned that every student starts at their own place with standardized tests like the ACT and has his or her own unique mix of strengths and weaknesses. On top of that, live courses are very expensive and many students never get the opportunity to enroll.

When I discovered Udemy, I realized that I finally had the opportunity to build the ideal ACT prep course - one that is affordable and allows everyone to truly learn at their own pace.

The course format and curriculum is designed around the following principles:

  • Uses only authentic ACT questions for practice and explanation
  • Every drill and practice problem set has a clear purpose
  • Comprehension of test material comes first, then timing and strategy
  • Multiple learning tools (video, audio, text, etc.) reinforce comprehension
  • Reviewing mistakes and learning from them is key to significant improvement
  • The best study plan is one that is custom tailored to match your skills, goals, and schedule

Why is The Real ACT Prep Guide (3rd Edition) a course requirement?

The reason is simple - it is the only book on the market that contains authentic ACT questions from official tests given to students in previous years. On top of that, it contains five full-length practice tests with an explanation for every single question! Other books and companies attempt to mimic the test by creating their own ACT-style questions, but this approach is simply less effective for students.

Although this added requirement reduces the number of students able to take the course, I cannot stand behind any test prep product that does not use the authentic questions. Please message me if you are having trouble purchasing the book - I am working on creative ways to make sure anyone who wants to take this course has that opportunity!

Disclaimer: The creators of this course have no affiliation with the makers of The Real ACT Prep Guide.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students who are motivated to maximize their ACT score
  • Students who are looking for a logical, easy-to-understand study plan for the ACT
  • Students who learn best through multiple channels: textbook, video, audio, documents, etc
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Curriculum For This Course
53 Lectures
Getting Started
1 Lecture 05:08
Content Mastery - ACT English
8 Lectures 01:19:02

Subject-verb Agreement

Comma Usage


More Punctuation & Grammar

Common Pitfalls: Relevance, Tense, & Simplicity

Transitions & Organization

English Diagnostic Test
Content Mastery - ACT Math
9 Lectures 02:41:37

Basic Number Properties

Variables & Equations

Circles & Rectangles

Triangles & Trigonometry

Averages & Probability

Graphing & the Coordinate Plane

Solving Word Problems

Math Diagnostic Test
Content Mastery - ACT Reading
6 Lectures 01:11:33

Prose Fiction

Social Studies


Natural Sciences

Reading Diagnostic Test
Content Mastery - ACT Science
5 Lectures 01:09:15

The Scientific Method

Data & Relationships

Conflicting Viewpoints

Science Diagnostic Test
Timing & Strategy - Universal Concepts
2 Lectures 16:02
Multiple Choice Strategy

Keeping Track of Your Time
Timing & Strategy - ACT English
2 Lectures 15:06
Strategy & Timing Tips

Timed English Test
Timing & Strategy - ACT Math
8 Lectures 56:00
Process of Elimination

Creating a Visual

Plugging in the Answers

Substituting in Your Numbers

Multiple Paths to the Correct Answer

Using Your Calculator

Strategy & Timing Tips

Timed Math Test
Timing & Strategy - ACT Reading
5 Lectures 59:16
Proactive Answering I

Proactive Answering II

Proactive Answering III

Strategy & Timing Tips

Timed Reading Test
Timing & Strategy - ACT Science
3 Lectures 26:56
Simplifying the Data

Strategy & Timing Tips

Timed Science Test
3 More Sections
About the Instructor
Patrick Garvey
4.2 Average rating
21 Reviews
526 Students
1 Course
Test Strategist

Spent three years teaching the ACT at some of the highest-performing high schools in the nation, including DuPont Manual Magnet High School in Louisville, KY

Graduated with honors from Centre College in Kentucky (2010)

Awarded a full tuition scholarship to a top 25 law school and was accepted into the #2 ranked masters program for public affairs (2012)

Scored above the 95th-percentile on a variety of standardized tests, including the SAT and LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)