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Raleigh ACT Prep Tutors

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Private Tutor
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
BP P.
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Both my girls worked with Susan for SAT and ACT prep. With her help and guidance both of them improved on their reading scores! Thanks Susan:-)

Arbor Tutors - NC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Jennifer M.
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The tutors are very knowledgeable. I can't thank them enough for helping my daughter with the ACT.

  • 10 years in business
M.E. F.
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Pat has helped us with ACT prep, college essay writing assistance, providing us with tutors for organizational skills, math and physics. We have been tremendously happy with ALL the services that ColPrep tutoring provides. Our son has gotten into 4 out of 5 schools that he applied to (5th school hasn't sent out acceptance info yet) and we owe it all to Pat. You can't go wrong!

M Howard Hyde
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
David L.
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It was a lot of fun working with Howard. We worked really hard and made a lot of progress. Together, we challenged each other and I feel that we both improved because of it. He was supportive and always had faith in me and my abilities. With his help I was able to get my ACT score from a 30 up to a 35! He stayed in contact with me after I took the ACT and checked in and see how I felt about it, and he continued to help even after our tutoring sessions ended. I would absolutely recommend using Howard as a tutor!

Alex M
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Hunter B.
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In only three weeks Alex helped me improve my GMAT score 60 points. For some reason, GMAT verbal was not coming to me naturally even after buying and using every online test prep company out there. Alex helped me go from a scaled score of 30 in previous official GMAT tests to 40 (90th percentile) on test day. He did a great job at re-framing how to think about and attack CR and RC questions- it definitely paid off!

Claudia Barcelo
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Calista C.
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Great Act tutor! I've learned so much and feel very good about thanking the ACT again.

  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Mary M.
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My daughter needed some help with SAT prep, and Ms. Blaine was wonderful. She was able to help her identify what she was not understanding and provided effective strategies to conserve time while taking the test.

IvyBound
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Elizabeth H.
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Natalia helped our son prepare for his ACT exams - his experience working with her and his final test results could not have been better! She is a wonderful tutor.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jeremiah T.
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Anna worked with my son to prep him for the new SAT this past spring. She worked with us to meet in a mutually convenient spot, and was always flexible with scheduling. Our son needed the most help with the essay, and Anna spent hours prepping him on how to brainstorm, organize, and write the essay on the SAT in such a short amount of time. She also helped him with the reading and writing sections by identifying his strengths and weaknesses, and helping him figure out the best strategy to beat the test. We will definitely be using Anna again to tutor in English next school year!

  • 7 years in business
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Our students get SCHOLARSHIPS. Our top three students in the class of 2016 earned over $1 million in college scholarships. SAT Prep. ACT Prep. PSAT Prep. Our students get SCHOLARSHIPS. Our top three students in the class of 2016 earned over $1 million in college scholarships.

About

I am a current Economics graduate student and teaching assistant at NC State. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Theoretical Economics, Mathematical Finance, and Business Administration with a minor in Mathematics at Trinity University in San Antonio. While attending school in Texas, I worked part time as a ACT/SAT Tutor and Classroom Instructor for Kaplan Test Prep. I have experience teaching classes and tutoring students of all ages, having taught high school SAT/ACT prep classes as well as giving undergraduate-level economics lectures and tutoring. My schedule is very flexible: I will have classes for about 12 hours a week for the next 2 weeks (ending at 2:45 each day), and then I will be available at all times after May 5th, until classes resume in August.

About

We offer one-on-one tutoring and test prep. We specialize in SAT and ACT, and also in any high school academic subject, including AP exams, study skills, organizational skills, SSAT, and ISEE. We also offer SAT classes in Raleigh and Durham. We use innovative and proven strategies to ensure scores go up. Get a 150-point improvement on your SAT, or your money back. We inspire success.

About

What makes me different? I tutor professionally full time rather than as a hobby or side job. I absolutely LOVE my job, and it shows in the quality of my work. When I take on a student I am invested in giving them everything I can to help them succeed. That often means I stay a few minutes extra or go out of my way to squeeze someone in my schedule for the day. I am patient and give constructive as well as positive feedback. I'm young and can better relate to my students. I am very flexible and do my best to accommodate whenever possible. Over the years I have developed unique strategies for explaining steps in ways that students can remember. I focus less on the proper vocabulary, if necessary, and use common language that the student will understand. I feel it is the teacher's job to explain the why of math and teach vocabulary, but my job as a tutor is to make sure the students can do the work. I LOVE seeing the lightbulb come on when students finally understand how to do a problem.

About

Open communication, technical know-how, and a true passion for education are the fundamental qualities on which I have grown my tutoring business. Over the past five years, I have helped more than 100 students gain admission to their dream colleges and have averaged a score increase of approximately 260 points for the SAT and 6.5 points for the ACT. I have personally played a role in the lives of students who have earned admission into such institutions as Stanford, Duke, UVA, Cal Tech, Georgia Tech, UNC, and UPenn. Over the years, I have developed a very efficient method for identifying and addressing student needs using a curriculum that is custom fit for each student. This curriculum includes a carefully proportioned combination of test taking strategies and academic development. The key to academic success, in my opinion, is confidence. This is why I recommend and administer benchmark practice tests for every willing student during the tutoring process. Whether the topic is algebra, geometry, chemistry, or exam prep, a transparent record of student progress provides a boost to student confidence. As confidence increases so does student motivation and interest. The result is a positive feedback loop that drives academic improvement. In this manner, I have watched countless students change from unmotivated, average performers to stars in the classroom. It is from this process that my passion for education was born.

About

I tutor K through 12 in all subjects at all levels. I also tutor in test prep -- SAT, ACT, PSAT, SSAT, PLAN, and ISEE. All our tutors have a master's degree or better and 3 years (min) of teaching experience. There are no contracts; you pay as you go!

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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