Four 3-Hour Sessions Meeting 1-on-1 in Libraries & Homes. $60 per hour.
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Our 4-week course concentrates on a different section of the ACT each week. The course is taught one-on-one so each student gets the undivided attention of their tutor and customized strategies. The tutor meets your student at your desired meeting place. Each session is 3 hours long and is divided into 3 stages: learning, practice, and review. First, students learn new strategies for approaching each section of the test, then they get an opportunity to practice those strategies on practice ACT tests, then they review their scores and missed questions with the tutor to learn what kind of mistakes they typically make and how they can use different strategies to prevent those mistakes in the future. Between each session, the student takes home practice sections to complete for homework and review with the tutor during the next session. After completing the 4 sessions, the student is given the opportunity to practice what they've learned on a full-length, timed ACT test. Then we provide detailed scores and analysis to the student before the real ACT test on Saturday.
You must 1) fill out the registration form (click the "Register Now" button at the top of this page) to provide us with the basic info we need to help your student, and 2) pay the course deposit. Once we receive both of these things, your student has a reserved spot in the course. We'll send you an email approximately 1 week before the start of the course with your student's confirmed time, meeting place, and tutor. Payment for each session is due at least 1 hour before each session. Students need to bring what they would to an actual ACT test (pencils, erasers, calculator, water, snack) along with a positive, motivated attitude, and the tutor will provide the rest!
It's taught over the course of 4 sessions, each session lasting 3 hours. To accommodate busy schedules, we offer 4 weekend time slots to choose from: 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. We also have some weekday timeslots available. When you fill out the registration form, you'll select your first and second choices for your student's time slot. We'll choose one of those choices based on tutor availability and which time slots have been filled by students who've already registered and paid the deposit. Your student will meet their tutor at that same time for 4 weeks, but if they won't be available one or more weeks, we're flexible and can usually reschedule.
COURSE DATES 2018 - 2019
|Suggested Start of Course||ACT Test|
|December 8, 2018|
|January 12, 2019||February 9, 2019|
|March 9, 2019||April 13, 2019|
|May 4, 2019||June 8, 2019|
Anywhere within our ACT course service radius, which you can see by clicking here. We don’t have a physical location; we send our tutors to you. Our ACT tutors can meet in your home or at a nearby library.
$60 an hour (the course is 12 hours in total) plus a one-time deposit payment of $34.99, which pays for the workbook that your student will use throughout the course and will keep after the course is over. The deposit payment also reserves your student's spot in the course and is non-refundable, but you can transfer it to a future ACT course if you let us know at least a week before the first session. If we realize that we can't make the course work for you (based on limited tutor availability, etc.), then we'll refund your deposit.
You can pay through our website’s "Payments" page (via Square) or provide your credit card information over the phone. If paying by credit card, there's a 3.5% processing fee charged by Square. If needed, you can also pay by check or cash, which can be mailed to the address at the bottom of this page, but the check must clear at least an hour before the session. Tutors cannot receive payment directly.
Click here to see our tutors and learn more about them. Select "ACT Course" in the box at the top of the page to see only our ACT tutors. Some are college students who are teachers-in-training or are studying the subject areas that they tutor, some are professionals who are uniquely qualified to tutor certain subjects, and others are retired teachers who still have a passion for teaching. All of our tutors go through a multi-step interview process and comprehensive background check to ensure that they're qualified to tutor your student. All of our ACT tutors have scored a 30 or higher on the ACT and are trained by us to tutor the course.
First of all, don't trust any person or company who tells you they can guarantee a certain score increase. We cannot and do not guarantee any particular outcome because the effectiveness of our course depends largely on the student’s motivation and willingness to both practice and apply the strategies we teach and a number of other factors that no one can control (such as whether or not the student feels well on the day of the test, whether or not the testing environment is comfortable and distraction-free, etc.). However, we can tell you that, in general, we see students’ scores increase by about 3 composite points (with a typical range of a 2 to 5 point increase) after taking our course.
We offer much more individual attention and flexibility than most ACT prep courses. Most courses will place your student in a large classroom full of other students where they'll get little to no individual help from the tutor. In our course, sessions are taught one-on-one in a quiet, comfortable setting so your student gets undivided attention and strategies specific to them. We also provide the equivalent of 5 full-length practice tests throughout the course so your student gets as familiar with the test as possible before they take it.
Our course is open to any individual (regardless of age or grade) who wants to get the best score they can on the ACT.
Four 3-hour sessions of individualized test prep instruction (12 hours in total), a student workbook that includes detailed test-taking strategies, and the equivalent of five full-length ACT practice tests.
No. This is a common misconception about ACT training. If your student is missing the core math, science, reading, English or writing skills necessary to get their highest possible score on the ACT, we recommend scheduling sessions with our regular tutors, who can help your student improve in those areas. Our ACT course specializes in strategies and time-management skills specifically for the ACT. During sessions, tutors give a brief review of subject material and help students identify their areas of weakness, but it's up to the student (or the student in cooperation with one of our regular tutors) to review their areas of weakness. During the ACT course, we focus the majority of our time on test-taking shortcuts and strategies.
Possibly. If it's a busy course, all of our tutors might be totally booked, which means your student wouldn't be able to switch tutors. But, if other tutors have open slots, then a switch might be possible. However, all of our tutors receive the same training and use the same curriculum for the course, so we'd encourage students to stick with the tutor they're assigned unless there's a serious problem.
Some students choose to take the test first to familiarize themselves with it before they take our course. Others do the opposite, so it's really up to you. They don’t need to have taken the ACT before they take our course, but we recommend it so the student is familiar with the test format and knows their baseline score. If they've taken or are currently in Algebra 2, then they've probably seen all the material they need to know for the test.
We highly recommend that you take the whole course together because it's easier to raise the composite score by getting each subject up 2 points (for instance) rather than trying to focus on one subject and raising it 8 points. Usually, if you just focus on one subject, your composite score will drop because you're neglecting the other sections. But, if your student has high scores in a majority of the ACT sections, we do offer one-subject prep for the other sections. The cost is the same hourly rate as the course. We have the flexibility to set these sessions up at any time that's convenient for you. Each session is still 3 hours long and we would send several practice tests home for each section. You can also book follow-up sessions to review practice tests if needed. Email us if this option works best for you.
Yes. If you'd rather schedule unstructured sessions where your student brings their own ACT prep materials that they want to go over with the tutor, then you would do that by clicking the "Schedule Now" button on our homepage and selecting "Test Prep" as the subject. The hourly rate for those sessions would depend on the tutor you choose. You'll be able to write a note to the tutor in the scheduling form.
Please let us know if you need to reschedule any of the 4 sessions BEFORE the start of the course. Our tutors have some availabilities on weekdays after school. There's a rescheduling fee equal to 1 hour of tutoring for any rescheduling request (excluding sickness or family emergency) that we receive AFTER the start of the course. Please look at your family's calendar and student's schedule before registering so that you're not charged this fee. There's also a no-show fee (equal to 1 hour of tutoring) in the event that your student fails to show up to a scheduled session without you notifying us ahead of time.
We usually encourage everyone to take the course individually so they get the undivided attention of the tutor and don't waste any time switching back and forth from one student to the other if they have different scores and strategies. However, if two siblings' scores on their last ACT are similar, they can take the course together. In that case, we have a special deal: the second student gets the full course at half of the price!
Click here to go to the ACT's main website where you can see test dates and deadlines, sign your student up for the test, learn the format and length of the test, see what you need to bring on test day, see what kind of calculators are allowed, find out how to apply for extended time, and much more.
Sometimes, raising a student's ACT score by as little as one composite point can result in thousands of dollars in scholarships (for examples, see the University of Alabama's and Auburn University's scholarship pages). A student’s ACT score is a major factor in determining educational opportunities, whether your student is looking to meet admissions requirements or be more competitive for scholarships. After taking our course, students increase their composite score an average of 3 points.