UK Admissions Offers a College Readiness and ACT Prep Workshop for Kentucky High Schoolers

ACT logoDid you know that starting in 2015, students who take the ACT test will also receive new readiness scores that will show preparedness for college and career? The new readiness scores and indicators will include:

  • STEM Score: overall performance on the science and math portions of the exam
  • Progress Toward Career Readiness Indicator: indicator of future performance on the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate
  • English Language Arts Score: overall performance on English, reading and writing
  • Text Complexity Progress Indicator: showing students if they are making sufficient progress toward understanding complex text they will encounter in college

The University of Kentucky Undergraduate Admissions Office is helping students get ready. Shelley Sizemore, Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment, has put together a college readiness program for Kentucky high schoolers. The College Readiness Workshop will take place all day on Friday, July 25th in the UK Student Center. This is an interactive program that provides an in-depth educational experience about the college admissions process. It is designed to not only make high school students aware of how the process works and what colleges are looking for, but also to teach students how to become highly-recruited prospects. In partnership with Kaplan, Inc., UK will provide students with information on what admissions officers what to see in applicants as well as various tips and techniques that will help them with taking the ACT. In addition, the students who complete the practice test will receive a UK Admissions application fee waiver for the 2015-2016 school year.

While the students are in those sessions, parents and guests will be invited to a voluntary Parent Session which will cover admission, scholarship, financial aid, and housing information. They will learn how to prepare their students to navigate a college search from investigating schools to securing finances.

After lunch, two guest speakers will present on college student life: Dr. Robert Mock, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education. Then student participants will take the practice ACT, proctored by Kaplan, Inc. Families will be encouraged to explore the campus and the city at their own leisure until their student(s) complete the ACT practice test.

The Road Ahead: Why is the ACT important?See Dr. Hollingsworth’s presentation “The Road Ahead: College Readiness in Kentucky and the ACT” (Prezi) here:




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