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Stamford ACT Prep Tutors

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  • 13 years in business
  • 554 hires on Thumbtack
Nick B.
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I enlisted the help of Arbor Tutors to help me with test prep for grad school. Oh man! I am SUPER happy I did that. The tutoring manager walked me through the whole process and set me up with TWO tutors. They also said I could change tutors at any time, but I didn't need to. I was accepted into all of my top choices (Columbia, Penn, Cornell and Duke). I used the application services also (they reviewed my essays).

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Dan the GMAT Man
from 56 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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Lauren F.
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Had a great experience with Dan. He's super flexible in terms of timing and meeting locations, which was great since my schedule was so unpredictable. I told him I wanted to focus on GMAT quant and he walked me through various kinds of questions I should expect to come across, going subject by subject and teaching me helpful tips and tricks along the way. He's incredibly patient and a great teacher. Would definitely recommend for GMAT prep

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  • 16 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Yael L.
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We initially hired Jeremy to help my daughter prepare for the ACT's. (She has an auditory processing disorder which can make it difficult for her to grasp certain concepts and Jeremy was recommended as someone who had experience in effectively teaching kids who had similar issues) Last spring, months before we were to officially begin the ACT prep, he stepped in to rescue her from a math class that she was on track to fail. He not only helped reteach her the material in a way she could understand but also liaised with her teacher and advisor to help ensure her success in the class. He has also been very accommodating with scheduling the time-consuming ACT prep sessions and instills my daughter with confidence to tackle the subjects that are particularly difficult for her.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
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Alex S.
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I started working with Kamil late in my college process. Many tutors doubted that I had enough time to prep and were only willing to work with me as a sort of "second hand client". With only two months left before my last possibly act during my senior year, Kamil and I worked day and night to achieve my goal score. Often meeting before and running after midnight only to see each other at six the next day, Kamil and I turned my test scores around to help me get into Cornell University. Kamil is kind, conscientious and committed. For him, standardized testing tutoring is a calling. He is his own brand.

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Take Note Lessons
from 31 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
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Johanna F.
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My daughter had the privilege of working with James on her ACT prep these past two months. My daughter who is very bright but struggles with focus and lack of confidence clicked nicely with James. He was extremely timely and easy to schedule with. Our daughter found his sessions to be very engaging and helpful not only with her ACT prep, but also with her regular studies. My daughter set an ACT goal for herself and was extremely surprised and thrilled that she scored beyond her goal. We highly recommend James as an ACT prep tutor!

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Aron Gleyzer
from 28 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
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Jim D.
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Aron is very knowledgeable about ACT/SAT math prep. He explained everything very well, and was also very easy to work with in setting up the appointment.

The Harvard Review
from 27 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph C.
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I went to The Harvard Review for my MCAT Prep. I had already gone to Kaplan first, and they were only able to help me get a 502. I was hoping for Cornell, but my MCAT wasn't high enough. I began tutoring with Dr. Fikar last Fall, and took my MCAT early this year. I got a 519, and am now looking at Columbia. This would not have been possible without the phenomenal instruction I received from Dr. Fikar. I will be forever grateful

Lyceum Tutoring
from 19 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Alexander R.
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Josh was a thoughtful, patient, and excellent tutor for the ACT. He helped me raise my score over 5 composite points to a 33. I am extremely grateful for his assistance, and because of it, I got into DUKE UNIVERSITY! Again, I am eternally grateful.

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Odyssey Test Prep
from 18 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Mariam H.
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Prior to hiring Jon as a tutor, I was struggling with LSAT prep despite taking a TestMasters course and 7sage. My score was not improving regardless of the hours I put in. That's when Jon came along and everything changed. After just one tutoring session, my sore went up 5 points! It felt absolutely incredible. Jon helped me tremendously with my weak points and gave great advise and tricks on how to tackle certain types of problems. I wish I had found out about Odyssey Test Prep sooner, wouldn't have wasted my time/money on TestMasters. If you are still debating between TestMasters and Odyssey Test Prep, go with Jon at Odyssey - you will not regret it!! Not only is he extremely knowledgable, he is always available for his students. Also, his Logic Games course is amazing. I have improved tremendously in the LG section and though I hate to admit this, I actually enjoy doing Logic Games now. Hiring Jon was the best decision I've made!

Fairfield County Test Prep.
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Robert S.
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I've worked with Mr.Dolan for SAT prep and he was very helpful in teaching me new ways of finding the answer and teaching ways to study for the SAT.

  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Ethan J.
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My son is in 10th grade and a bright boy. However, with ACT tests coming up, we wanted him to reach his highest potential. Through the Chelsea International Getting Into The Ivys test prep program, my son has excelled so much so that he is up to go to Stanford. After doing 6 weeks of private tuition with Dr. Michelle, her patience, understanding and encouragement, has driven my son’s greatest results. He scored 34 on his first time taking the ACT and he had no prior ACT testing experience. I am so impressed and so thankful for the professional experience of Chelsea International.

  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Christine K.
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SAT/ACT prep and essay coaching

  • 8 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Frank W.
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we hired Hallie to tutor our hs junior son for the april ACT. she was pleasant, courteous and effective. he scored 33 and we are very very happy with the outcome.

Horace Grant
from 9 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Dorothy L.
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Horace has good intuition on how to motivate a student, which is a rare asset in the test prep world.

Deep Test Prep
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Addy O.
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I had a fantastic experience with Thomas as my tutor! He helped me raise my SAT score over 300 points from a 1230 to a 1540. My ACT also went from a 32 to a 36. I can be a bit lazy sometimes but working with Thomas inspired me to do better. He kept me accountable while being one of my biggest supporters. I feel like through out our time together I learned so many things beyond just the SAT that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. After all, I couldn't have gotten into Harvard with out Thomas. I would recommend him to anyone!

Rose Stewart
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Teo R.
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Rose was on time well prepared and ready to go! We will continue to work with her on SAT prep.

Ken Markham
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Elizabeth D.
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Ken was an exceptional tutor. He had a very disciplined approach with my son when preparing for the ACT. In addition to helping him with concepts/ test taking skills, Ken had keen insight into the whole college board process. A godsend for an overwhelmed student and parent. My son's score went up 6 pts. Doors were opened, self esteem lifted and my child learned that hard work pays off. Never late, so responsible and had a very pleasant manner. A+

Math, SAT & ACT Tutoring
from 4 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa G.
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Laura was so great. Our 9th grader needed last minute help prepping for a Geometry midterm. Laura was super-responsive and engaged, and made time for us the day after we posted our Thumbtack ad. She was able to work through all of the prep packet in a way that made it MUCH clearer than our daughter's teacher had. We are so grateful.

Brittany S.
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I had a fantastic tutoring experience with Lauren. I worked with her for three months before re-taking the LSAT this past December, and I'm happy to report that my LSAT score increased by 7pts!! She had a great 'here's why' approach to her teaching methodology, which I found particularly helpful in Logic Games as this was my largest area of weakness. She was very patient and I appreciated that she spent time listening to my thought process for areas to make specific suggestions versus handing out generic advice that seems to be more common among high-profile tutors & prep classes. As a general note, she was also responsive & professional throughout each session, and very accommodating to adjust to my schedule (I work full time and am taking the LSAT to expand my career path).

General and ACT Tutoring

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    I'm here to teach students how to understand the topics they're having difficulty with, and at the same time, I hope to have students be happy in school in regards to academics. I can tutor ACT/SSAT tests and at the same time teach the general subjects of the core classes (mathematics, science, English, and social studies,) from pre-K to 12th grade.


    I help students with the writing and reading sections of the SAT and ACT exams. Students' scores improve by a minimum of 200 points. I also help prepare students to sit the ELA exams, grades 6-12.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What is ACT test prep?

    The ACT is a college entrance exam taken by students (typically in their junior year of high school) to determine admission eligibility and merit-based scholarship eligibility. The test may be taken as many times as desired and is not limited to high school juniors. Originally the acronym stood for American College Testing, but now ACT is the stand-alone name. ACT prep is a way for students to strategically prepare for test-taking. ACT prep helps students improve scores, practice taking the test, learn test-taking strategies, and improve material comprehension. Students can get help with ACT prep tutors in one-on-one sessions, via group tutoring lessons, in online self-study programs, or online with a tutor in video calls. The ACT test covers:

    • English
    • Science understanding and reasoning
    • Math
    • Reading
    • Writing essay (optional)

    How do you prepare for the ACT?

    The ACT is a universally accepted college readiness exam. There are multiple ways to prepare for the exam. One-on-one ACT prep tutoring is one of the most effective ways for students to ready themselves for the test. A tutor who specializes in ACT prep will coach the student on the type of material they can expect while also working specifically with topics that are more challenging for that particular student. Group tutoring sessions are a more cost-effective way to reap the benefits of an ACT prep instructor; a suggestion is to gather a group of four friends or classmates to share the cost. Professional tutors often recommend that test prep begin approximately three months prior to the exam. Cramming — unfortunately — doesn’t provide the same score results as consistent study, test-related homework, and practice exams do. Weekly two-hour learning sessions are what many pro tutors suggest for their college exam prep students. For top test-taking performance, tutors usually provide work throughout the week and the weekly session is used to cement knowledge and address weak areas. Math is a hard topic for most students, so plan accordingly.

    What is on the ACT?

    The ACT is made up of a variety of multi-choice questions under four main subject areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. There is also the option for a written essay. For ACT prep, it’s important to study each subject. Each subject area is broken down into multiple parts to provide a comprehensive snapshot of the student’s understanding of the material. ACT prep provides an opportunity to prepare for the subject matter in each area.

    ACT English:

    • Production of writing: 29 percent-32 percent of English score. These questions focus on topic development and organization, unity, and cohesion.
    • Knowledge of language: 13 percent-19 percent of English score. This section examines the student’s use of vocabulary and effective language use.
    • Conventions of standard English: 51 percent-56 percent of English score. These questions address sentence structure and formation, punctuation and grammar, and recognition of grammatical errors and how to improve.


    ACT Math:

    • Preparing for higher math: 57 percent-60 percent of mathematics score. These questions cover number and quantity, algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability.
    • Integrating essential skills: 40 percent-43 percent of mathematics score. These questions address comprehension of math learned prior to and after 8th grade.
    • Modeling: less than 25 percent of mathematics score. These questions examine how students use modeling skills in all math topics.


    ACT Reading:

    • Key ideas and details: 55 percent-60 percent of reading score. The questions test students’ ability to summarize information, draw conclusions, and grasp central themes.
    • Craft and structure: 25-30 percent of reading score. These questions examine students’ ability to understand an author’s word choice and meaning and analyze various points of view.
    • Integration of knowledge and ideas: 13-18 percent of reading score. These questions examine students’ ability to understand facts and opinions and make connections between texts that share similar themes.


    ACT Science:

    • Interpretation of data: 45–55 percent of science score. Students will need to analyze and manipulate scientific data presented in various formats.
    • Scientific investigation: 20–30 percent of science score. These questions will test students’ understanding of experimental tools, procedures and design.
    • Evaluation of models, inferences, and experimental results: 25–35 percent of science score.


    ACT Writing:

    • This is a 40-minute written essay that examines students’ competence with ideas and analysis, development and support, organization, and language use and conventions.

    What are the subjects on the ACT?

    English, mathematics, reading, and science are the four main subjects on the ACT. Writing is an optional subject students can select when they register to take the test. The subjects were determined as a way to test the sum total of knowledge and comprehension that the students have accumulated up until the start of their senior year of high school. ACT prep breaks down each subject of the ACT test so the student understands what type of questions they will encounter and to provide them with strategies for answering questions. Doing well on the ACT is not only about academic smarts. Learning the nuances of taking a standardized test can greatly improve a student’s test scores. On the ACT, each of the four subjects is broken into subsections to test the students’ understanding in that area. The official ACT website provides free online ACT prep tools for each section, including English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing.

    How many questions are on the ACT test?

    There are 215 total questions on the ACT test. The ACT covers four academic areas and students have 175 minutes total to complete the test. For students who opt to take the ACT writing test, there will be a written essay (in addition to the standard ACT topics), which students will have 40 minutes to complete. For ACT prep, it’s wise to study the material that will be covered within each academic category and take practice tests to become comfortable with the format.

    The English test has 75 questions that must be completed within 45 minutes. The math test has 60 questions with a 60-minute time limit. The reading test has 40 questions and 35 minutes total. The science test has 40 questions that must be completed in 35 minutes. Tutors may recommend taking the test more than once as part of the ACT prep training, with the goal of improving your overall score each time. Official ACT recommendations urge students to answer each question on test day, even if it is a guess, as there is no penalty for guessing.

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