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Gaithersburg ACT Prep Tutors

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Bill Knows Math
from 47 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Morgan W.
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I am a senior at American University and first contacted Bill to help me prep for the math portion of the GRE. I experienced a jump of over 10 points on my math portion after working with Bill! Bill is an awesome tutor. He is flexible and quick to respond to changes in my busy schedule. He is also high energy and makes the process exciting! It was apparent during our first lesson that Bill really has a passion for teaching mathematics.

Lita Tutoring
from 48 reviews
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
Honour M.
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Julissa was my sons ACT tutor and she was phenomenal. She is very pleasant, assertive, and efficient! I would definitely hire her again!

Arbor Tutors DC VA MD
from 34 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer B.
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I could not seem to score well on the ACT. I ended up with Arbor Tutors and had a tutor who met me every week for 8 weeks and when I took the test and got an excellent score (33). Worth every cent.

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PTG Tutoring Services
from 23 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katie P.
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Paul has been great working with my daughter on SAT/ACT prep.

Equity Tutors
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Jason B.
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Alex was great in helping my son prep for the SAT!

Arbor Tutors- Baltimore
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Allison E.
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With so many options for ACT and SAT preparation, it can be frustrating for parents trying to choose the best option for their children. We didn't have particularly high expectations at the beginning, which is why we were so pleasantly surprised when our son went up 380 points after only about 6 lessons. Based on our experience, Arbor Tutors is a premium service that delivers above and beyond what you pay. We were immediately impressed by their extensive knowledge of the testing process. Worth every penny.

Student Excel Tutoring
from 13 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Sheridan P.
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Eric has been very helpful assisting my daughter with ACT math and we are so happy with him we plan to continue using him to help her with her regular math studies too.

Top Score Education Inc
from 6 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Camille L.
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I worked many hours with Emily in TOP SCORE EDU with essays along with GRE Prep. She was full of energy and always pushing me to do better and helping me focus on my weak points to make them strong. It was always a pleasure to sit down with Emily and work. My GRE increased immensely and also my writing and outlining skills. It was a perfect fit for me.

Modern Muse Education
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Zachary W.
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Jessica and her team at Modern Muse Education are sincere, intelligent, and professional. Their new Gaithersburg facility is wonderful and provides students with a comfortable place to get test help (she even provides snacks!). Jessica and her team are not only extremely patient and educated on the test themselves, but also connect the testing content to public and private school curriculums, customizing a student’s test prep course based on their current grade level and course schedule. The course provides students with everything they need to succeed on the test, as well as how to evaluate their test scores to identify what they need to improve on future tests. I 100% reccomend Modern Muse Education for all students in need of SAT/ACT prep!

Club Z! In Home Tutoring
from 5 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rhonda S.
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Club Z is a terrific program. We loved the in home tutoring. That saved so much time for us and we used the program for two of our daughters. We did a summer reading program and SAT prep course. The tutors were highly qualified and each of them worked really well with our girls. The tutors were also very flexible and that was so appreciated with a busy household full of schedule changes. Our students are better prepared for the upcoming challenges. We highly recommend Club Z.

from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
Elizabeth G.
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My daughter was recently tutored by Sam for a college pre-cal/trig summer school course. The pace was fast and by the time we called Sam, she was in the fifth of her sixth week. By week 5 her grades were taking a downward spiral as the material was getting more complex. She was teetering on the precipice with a C-. After one intense week of working with Sam she finished with a B. He worked magic. He was patient and and an excellent teacher .I initially worried that he would be "too qualified" to tutor the course, but he was able to explain math to my rising sophomore college daughter, who has always struggled with the subject. He was the best math tutor my daughter has ever had. And a very nice man.
from 1 review
  • 27 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lauren B.
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I observed an SAT prep class. Jason was well prepared, knew how to answer every question, provided good feedback to the students, and prepared them well. I highly recommend him as a tutor.

  • 17 years in business

Tutoring comes natural. We're experts after years of teaching and training, and we love to share our wisdom with students who increase scores and improve confidence.


I am an Ex-Big Four IT Consultant turned entrepreneur on a mission to help students master the fundamentals, boost their confidence, and achieve high test scores. I take pride in delivering personalized tutoring to each of my students. I don't believe in rote memorization or taking shortcuts. Instead, I strive to transfer the skills necessary for their long-term success. After years of experience and research, I have compiled a list of concepts that many students struggle with and created effective methods of demystifying them. By filling in a few fundamental gaps, I set my students up to realize their full potential. The best parts of my job are to help students reach that moment of enlightenment and to see them grow into confident young adults. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of so many people's journey.

  • 24 years in business

We provide top-notch tutoring and SAT/ACT prep from a small team of trusted pros. We have been serving Nova for over 15 years.


My work stands out because I was once one of the students who thought math was an undecipherable mess until I learned how easy it can if it was just explained in an unintimidating way. I can identify with students who have trouble in math, which makes me patient and understanding with my students. I like being able to see how lightbulbs go on when I explain something to my students and they truly understand it for the first time. They light up with excitement because they feel empowered and confident in their abilities. This is essential to a good and effective education.

  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack

Personalized tutoring for standardized exams and academic subjects taught by top performing undergraduate and graduate school students from Ivy League. Get personalized tutoring and coaching from high performing tutors who have recently taken the exams they teach, and do so at affordable pricing.


What makes my business grow is by helping others who need help. My business sets a example to do better.


WE LOVE MATH AND TEACH IT WITH A CONTAGIOUS PASSION at Abacus Learn STEM and SAT Prep Tutoring! Our tutors have many decades of teaching experience with degrees and credentials from Ivy-league institutions and top academic universities in the United States and abroad. We have a passion to see ALL students succeed and grow in understanding in math/science/tech subjects that may seem hard. We cater lessons to each child's specific learning style and speed so each lesson boosts students' confidence. Abacus Learn now offers Homework Help tutoring plans for as low as $25 per session to help students get better with homework completion. Abacus Learn tutors specialize in obviating very hard STEM subjects including Algebra 1, Geometry, Trigonometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3, Differential Equations, AP Computer Science, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics and much more. We also teach how to crack the SAT college entrance exam including the SAT Verbal, SAT Math, & SAT Writing sections. With us, your children will learn the secrets to mastering the SAT exam, how to avoid test day anxiety & intimidation, and how to optimize their scores to better target the colleges and universities they desire to attend! Tutoring slots are limited as the 2017 school year begins. To schedule your Abacus Learn Math, Science, or SAT prep tutoring sessions call (240)394-MATH (6284) We put your child and their needs first! We take particular care to cater lesson plans, questions, and practice problem sets to boost your child's abilities & confidences in hard-to-understand subjects. We are innovative with lesson creation! We are not just educators, but mentors too! Our tutors have a deep compassion for improving children's understanding in not just school subjects but other avenues of life. Our students feel comfortable asking advice about college entry, how to build a more attractive college entrance profile and much more!


I work one on one with my students to help them excel! I love the ah ha moment!! It happens with all students at some point but it still feels special!


I have a track record of success on standardized tests. This success is achieved by first identifying weak areas and focusing on developing the skills necessary to improve in those areas. HSPT PREP AVERAGES: Verbal Before: 46.5% Verbal After: 68.5% Math Before: 31% Math After: 61% TERRANOVA(6th-8th Grade) Avg. Increase: 2.27 Grade levels SAT PREP: Coming Soon

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.

How long does the ACT take?

Total time for the ACT is 2 hours and 55 minutes. If students elect to do the optional writing section, the ACT will be 3 hours and 35 minutes. The ACT college entrance exam has multiple sections. The students receive a set amount of time for each section, within which they complete as much of that category as possible before they must stop. For each timed section, there is a five-minute warning before time is up. There is a 10-minute break between the math and reading sections. When tutors coach students in ACT prep, they can provide timed runs to simulate the experience of taking the different subject matter tests. As part of ACT prep, it’s important to take the entire exam at least once as a practice run. Here is a breakdown of timing and number of questions for each section.

  • ACT English test: 45 minutes for 75 questions that test students’ understanding of standard English rules, production of writing, and vocabulary.
  • ACT mathematics test: 60 minutes for 60 questions that test students’ understanding of math skills up to the start of senior year of high school.  
  • Ten-minute break.
  • ACT reading test: 35 minutes for 40 questions that measure students’ reading comprehension.
  • ACT science test: 35 minutes for 40 questions that measure students’ understanding and problem-solving skills in the realm of natural sciences.
  • ACT writing test: 40-minute written essay that will measure students' writing skills.


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.

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.

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