We’ve advised thousands of families on the ACT. We’re also frequently invited to speak at schools, conferences, and PTO/PTA events to dispel misconceptions and help parents navigate the test prep process.
Ultimately, our goal is to MAXIMIZE each student’s score POTENTIAL, whether that’s a 25 or a 36.
We do this by tailoring our program to your child and equipping students with the knowledge, the tools, and the confidence to succeed.
Average time per ACT question (# seconds).INCREASE MY SCORES
“Sach got a 36 on his last try at the ACT in September. Off to finishing applications now! Thank you and the wonderful tutors for assistance with everything.”
V.I., Parent of 12th Grader
A 4-Step Approach
Our experienced Director will learn more about your student, answer any questions, and work with you to develop an appropriate plan
We start with a full-length official ACT Diagnostic. We analyze this test to identify specific problems areas for the largest gains.
World-class tutors tailor each lesson to your student’s evolving needs. Sessions are held either in-person or online.
Homework is the key to consistent score increases. We create detailed study plans so your child knows exactly WHAT to do and WHEN.
A thoughtfully designed program
Our ACT program is based on a deep understanding of the test and how students learn.
Our co-founders, Greg and Kevin, started tutoring the ACT in the early 2000s while undergraduates at Princeton.
Since then, they’ve spent THOUSANDS of hours tutoring the test, have scrutinized every aspect of the ACT, and continue to research and personally teach the test. Just as important is their deep insight into WHAT students struggle with and WHY they struggle.
These experiences and insights inform all aspects of our ACT program, including: our training, our strategies/ methodologies, and our materials.
“Justin truly enjoyed working with Ryan and gained so much confidence with the format and content. He’s an impressive tutor!! We’ve absolutely recommended your organization to his peers.”
T.C., Parent of 11th Grader
Addresses 5 common student issues
The ACT is described as a “curriculum-based achievement test” and is designed to test skills you’ve learned in your high school classes.
You’ll want to brush up on your basic content areas (e.g. grammar, Algebra 1 and 2, geometry, trigonometry) as well as your ability to critically read texts and data.
While strategies won’t make up for a lack of skills, knowing which strategies to use and when to use them will help students save time and improve accuracy.
For example, the ACT Science section trips up a lot of students. Knowing strategies to address the different passage and question types can prevent students from getting lost in the technical/scientific jargon.
The ACT is a long test, clocking in at 3 hrs and 35 min (w/ the essay) without any breaks.
However, one of the biggest challenges with the ACT is how fast-paced it is (vs the SAT). For example, you only have 45 minutes to complete 75 questions in the English section. Thats 36 seconds per question.
Even if you know the material, you have to be able to solve the questions under timed conditions.
A small percentage of students are natural test-takers. They seem to breeze though the test with little preparation and minimal effort.
For everybody else, test-taking skills CAN be learned. The specific approach and recommended study plans depend on your specific strengths and weaknesses.
Test anxiety is worse from some students than others. This is exacerbated by the fast-paced nature of the test. There are certain strategies we use that help mitigate these effects.
However, there will always be a number of students where the anxiety can be severely crippling and result in test scores that are well below their at-home practice tests.
Not all is lost for these students. There are still things we can try. Test prep is still worthwhile, but we’ll have to be realistic about diminishing benefits and develop realistic plans moving forward.
How is your child performing in these areas?LEARN HOW WE CAN HELP
Learn from world-class instructors
Our team includes award-winning Princeton University undergrads and Master’s/PhD graduates who have dominated the test and know the material inside-and-out.
We understand that knowing the material is very different than being able to TEACH the material.
A great ACT tutor is one who understands your student’s needs and is able to adapt the focus and pace of sessions accordingly.
Furthermore, our tutors are rigorously screened and trained. All have significant tutoring experience, a passion for teaching, and the ability to connect with students.
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“Chris just got his ACT score in – he got a composite 33 score – so it looks pretty good! Thank you and thank you Andrew so much… Again thank you 1000 times!”
N.C., Parent of 11th Grader
Regular updates & a risk-free guarantee
We regularly track progress and keep you informed, which means that you’re never in the dark about your student’s progress.
Timed practice tests are regularly administered to track score increases and to help re-calibrate our approach if necessary.
And while we don’t guarantee a specific score increase (more about that in our FAQs), we have a satisfaction guarantee:
If you’re not happy with any session, the next session is on us and we’ll find another tutor who’ll be a better fit. In the rare case that it still doesn’t work out, we’re happy to refund the unused balance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many points can I expect to increase?
Many programs tout the best tutors and guaranteed average score increases.
Please note that these numbers can often be misleading.
There are many factors that determine a student’s potential score increase:
- Student baseline score
- Previous amount of preparation
- Student work ethic/motivation
- # Hours of tutoring
We’ve produced several perfect scorers. Some of our students have made 6+ point jumps in a short period of time.
On the flip side, we’ve also had a small number of students who didn’t improve much because they didn’t put in the work.
Every student is unique. Our goal is to help each student achieve their personal max scores.
What we can guarantee is that we’ll track student progress to keep you in the loop and to make sure we’re moving in the right direction.
What materials do you use?
We supplement official ACT practice tests with our own high-quality materials:
- Official Tests – Official ACT tests and practice questions are essential for all students
- In-House Materials – Our own best-in-class Coursebooks and Strategy Guides. These materials are the result of hundreds of hours of research and testing. They include the best strategies and techniques, are clearly written, and are highly-rated by our students.
- In-House Tools – A personalized ACT “Command Center” track’s student progress
- Supplementary Materials – Other recommended materials for additional drilling
When are the ACT testing dates and deadlines?
The ACT is typically administered 7 times per year. Additional testing dates have been added due to COVID. Here are the dates for 2020-21:
- September 12, 2020
- September 13, 2020
- September 19, 2020
- October 10, 2020
- October 17, 2020
- October 24, 2020
- October 25, 2020
- December 12, 2020
- February 6, 2021
- April 17, 2021
- June 12, 2021
- July 17, 2021 (excluding New York)
The registration deadlines are usually 1 month before each testing date.
What is our pricing?
Pricing starts at 85/hr, 149/hr, and 349/hr depending on the tier of tutor. Discounts available for larger package purchases. 100% risk-free guarantee.
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We’ve produced consistent results over the past 15 years by combining a deep and nuanced understanding of the material, truly world-class tutors, and exceptional customer service.
What else differentiates us?
- Smaller boutique company
- Obsessive attention to quality
- Never any high pressure sales tactics
- Trusted resource with a strong reputation
We’d love to learn more about your student and see how we might be able to help!TALK TO JESSICA