I have followed the pre-registration link, but I can't register...

When registration is closed, a message like the one below will appear when the link is clicked:

Pre-registration opens on the date listed in the information given by the school and closes when capacity is met. Students who wish to be placed on the waiting list can attend the Saturday orientation to do so. Being placed on the waiting list does not guarantee a spot in the round.


I pre-registered through the link but I didn't get any response.

When your pre-registration is processed, you will receive an email stating the time and location of the Parent/Student orientation, where you can complete registration. Please allow up to 12 hours to receive this email. If you haven't received an email within this time frame, you are not pre-registered. This means that your email address was entered incorrectly, the application is not complete, or the terms and conditions have not been accepted. Return to the link, log in to your application, and ensure all information is complete and correct.


I pre-registered through the link, but I did not receive follow-up information, such as classroom number, instructor/coach names, and busing schedule.

Registration is a two-step process, which requires both pre-registration through the link and parental attendance at the Saturday orientation or at a school hosted orientation. Once parental permission is given at the orientation, information about location, instructors, and busing will be sent by email within one week.


Do parents need to attend the orientation to complete registration?

Yes. Peer Power must obtain the permission of a parent/guardian prior to student attendance and transportation.


Can my 7th or 8th grade student attend?

The ACT test measures achievement through the first five semesters of high school. ACT Prep University reinforces and reviews this material after it has been covered in the high school classroom. For this reason, our program is designed for 11 and 12th graders. Students will not be admitted to ACT Prep University prior to enrollment in high school.


Where are the orientation and classes held? 

Registration and classes are both held in Ball Hall at the University of Memphis. Please see the map below.

Is transportation provided for my student?

Yes. If requested during registration, buses are provided by Shelby County Schools and Durham Transportation. Pick-up and drop-off schedules are provided by email after completed registration.


Where will the buses pick up and drop off my student?  

Students who request transportation at registration will be picked up and dropped off by bus at their high schools. The buses will depart and arrive at the generally used busing areas for each high school.


Does my student have to attend every Saturday session?

Attendance is strongly encouraged. Absences will decrease the level of content exposure that students receive, which will lower the effectiveness of the program.

How can my student practice between Saturdays? 

For at home practice, ACT Prep University gives students access to our online classroom, which provides a session by session guide to SCS curriculum and ACT aligned online study materials.  After the orientation has been attended and registration is complete, an email will be sent with instructions and an online code that grants access to the course.


Does ACT Prep University conduct the official ACT test?

We DO NOT conduct the ACT test. We assist students in preparing for the test and are not an affiliate of ACT. While the program may utilize practice tests for instructional purposes, the ACT can only be conducted at official testing locations. For further information regarding the official test, go to http://www.act.org/


How soon should I register for the ACT Test after participation in the ACT Prep University program?

ACT Prep University is most effective when students take the test immediately after attending the program. Be sure to register for the test at https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html


Can my student attend the program more than once?

Yes. Students may participate in the program more than once, as long as they successfully pre-register and a parent/guardian attends the orientation for each round.


Is the Act Prep University Program free?

Yes. ACT Prep University is free of charge and open to high school students who attend Shelby County Schools.




For more information, please contact us at actprep [at] peerpowerfoundation [dot] org.

Life is a competitive sport.

Kylea Spradley

I am currently a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis. I also work as a success coach for Peer Power at East High School and I absolutely adore my job. The satisfaction from helping and encouraging young scholars is an overwhelmingly positive feeling that fills me with determination to constantly do better not only in my educational life, but in my personal life too. I take great pride walking into East High School knowing that I am not only a resource for the students, but also a mentor. I am that friend to talk to when something is going on, or even the outside opinion on a situation that shines the light onto a new viewpoint.

Peer Power to me is helping motivate students to graduate on time, and with dignity. Peer Power to me means inspiring that scholar to take the ACT again and raise their score, even if it is just by one more point. That one point can be the difference of a 2,000-dollar scholarship for college. Peer Power to me is getting the students excited for the endless possibilities past graduation, whether it be college or joining the work force. Peer Power to me is igniting the fire of determination and motivation under every student, and to welcome them into our world, post high school, with arms wide open, as that shoulder to lean on, as that support system when they need it.

Another reason why I love Peer Power so very much, is that it helps me to revisit old topics that I may have forgotten about when I was in high school. In turn, it benefits me in my college classes. As a biomedical engineering student, I take a ton of math classes. As a math success coach at East High, I get a refresh on topics that I haven’t seen in a long while, And if I am able to explain a topic, such as proofs in Geometry or absolute value functions in Algebra 2, to a student who may or may not have seen said topic before and for the students to understand it even just a little better, then I know that I fully understand the topic myself.

The relationships I have built during my time as a success coach at East High School are ones I will remember forever. Whether it be with my team leads, my teacher, students, and even other success coaches, the entirety of it all feels like a second family. I know that I have a support system at Peer Power, one that will always be there to pick me up when I am down, to congratulate me when I succeed, and one I can reply on in the future of my academic career.