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  • 11 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Aneisha N.
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We are pleased to write a referral for tutor extraordinaire, Mr, Chris Morris-Lent. To provide a well-rounded feedback, this referral encompasses our daughter’s experience as well as ours as parents. Mr. Morris-Lent's dedication and integrity towards helping students bring to fore the best in themselves is noteworthy. He emphasizes that the desired outcome from tutoring is a collaborative effort on the part of the student and tutor. Mr. Morris-Lent discussed the trials and triumphs of our daughter’s learning experiences, educational and career aspirations. He devised ACT/SAT tests prep program catered to our daughter's specific needs. He is approachable and timely in communicating with students; and providing progress information to the guardians/parents. This is a perk that very few, if any, ACT/SAT tutors or educational centers offer. Mr. Morris-Lent recognizes the importance of his role as a “guiding force” in influencing the educational endeavors of his students. He respects guardians/parents’ impelling positive impact in the educational voyage of their children. He is innately gifted in his ability to connect with his students and their families. The hallmark of a great tutor is the ability to connect with the student, help re-contextualize tasks into elemental areas, calibrate methods to solve the tasks, cultivate new habits (and “think outside the box”), and seek knowledge through centripetal (i.e, the desired ACT/SAT score) and centrifugal (i.e, the effect of achieving the desired score on aspirations - acceptance into the colleges of one’s choices, scholarships, etc., and considering the positive impact of one’s actions on the world)) forces. Tutoring with Morri-Lent, our daughter's test scores soared exponentially! We unequivocally recommend Mr. Morris-Lent's tutoring services to others. Best regards, The Cooks

Randell Tutoring
from 16 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Tylan E.
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I contact Alan for help with my GMAT prep. I haven't done any math in over 10yrs and I'm please with the results I've seen in the short time I've been making use of his services. He is thorough but most or all patient. I highly recommend using him

Arbor Tutors - Pacific NW
from 14 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth G.
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I highly recommend Arbor Tutors for test prep. Thanks to them I was able to improve my SAT score 300 points!

Judy Y
from 8 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Samy S.
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Judy has sincerely helped me to retake the ACT for access to a $10,000 scholarship to my top choice college. She gave me incredibly helpful tips, tricks, and strategies that prepared me really well to take the test. I am not very good with Math, and she helped me more than my math teachers did in a month preparing for the ACT retake. She did a really good job helping me out over the phone and through FaceTime. I've even gotten better test scores at school applying what I learned from Judy into school tests for my classes. Big thanks to Judy for all of her help!

Eastshore Tutoring
from 7 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie B.
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Grant has been working with my boys for only two months and I am very impressed with how much they have already benefited from what he has taught them. Thanks to Grant's help, my younger boy is doing much better in math and due to the study skills Grant has been teaching him, he takes less time than before to complete all his homework. My older boy has been so encouraged by Grant's help with improving his writing skills that he has decided to work with him on SAT prep for the test in spring. Both boys enjoy working with Grant and look forward to their tutoring sessions with him. He always brings a sense of fun to the learning process.

Math with Stephen
from 6 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Terri T.
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My son needed a tutor quickly to prepare for a college Calculus test. Stephen met with him the day we connected and the day after. My son made a 92 on his test. I would STRONGLY/HIGHLY recommend Stephen for math tutoring! Terri - Flower Mound TX

Test Prep Scholar
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Eric B.
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Evi was very thorough and professional in helping our student with SAT math test preparations. We can't recommend her enough!

  • 9 years in business
Cheryl S.
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Nguyet Nguyen at Learn to Succeed tutored my daughter in math all through middle school with great results. My daughter is now taking Geometry in her 1st year of high school and finding that she is far ahead of the other students based on her tutoring. Nguyet is very dedicated to her students and skillful in helping them succeed.

Derek Ko
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christy N.
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Derek was able to coordinate an organized study regimen comparable to that of an SAT course that students would pay hundreds of dollars for, and the schedule was flexible. He taught in small groups as well as one-on-one sessions. When studying under Derek, I felt like I was in an actual classroom, which included quizzes and test periods. However, I looked forward to each session because even if I failed, I knew I would be learning something new. The environment was engaging but calm so I didn't feel stressed out. He was very articulate and explained concepts in a way that I could understand. I felt free to ask any question due to his never-ending patience, and he was always able to answer me. Derek provided copious amounts of supplemental resources to further enhance my SAT-skills. He was able to point out recurring themes and helpful tips in each SAT section, which I wouldn't have been able to do on my own. With his tutoring, I was accepted into every UC that I applied for. I owe much of my admission success to Derek's SAT prep course and am forever thankful. Highly recommended!

Gwen F.
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Gabrielle is very personable, gentle, and helpful. She has the best class I have attended for writing to heal. As an instructor is is well prepared and uses a variety of materials to keep you focused and interested in doing your best. She is able to pace the class to match the students.

Bashkansky Academy
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Olga P.
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Ethan is a great tutor to my 8th grade son. He prepared my son for ACT and SAT tests. Thanks to Ethan, my son got good scores on these tests and was accepted by talented searches like TiP Duke, CTY John Hopkins and Robinson UW. Ethan also provided general consulting about school classes that he recommends to take, interesting magazines and articles. My son started to read Wired and other magazines after Ethan motivated him. Also, Ethan is very responsive and flexible with schedule. His unique benefit that he comes to your place, so you don't need to drive your kiddo anywhere. I highly recommend Ethan for tutoring for SAT/ACT tests, high school prep, math.

Brown Test Prep
from 2 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Carmen B.
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I highly recommend Mark Brown for tutoring. We were referred to Mark Brown when my daughter was a junior in high school. He helped my daughter to become an organized writer, helped her prepare for her SAT'S and I am proud to say she was accepted to all 4 of the universities she applied to. My daughter currently attends the UW and I credit Mark in not only helping her boost her testing skills but her academic confidence as well.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Patty D.
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Mr. Kelly has been a tutor for my son and now is a tutor for my daughter. With Mr. Kelly's assistance, my son was able to raise his SAT score 200 points resulting in a score of 2230. My daughter just received her ACT score and she scored in the top 3 percentile nationally. Mr. Kelly understands that the SAT and ACT tests are very predictable and he teaches specific strategies so students are prepared to do well. Without hesitation, I recommend Mr. Kelly as an SAT and ACT tutor. Additionally, Mr. Kelly has assisted my son with college essays, and will also assist my daughter this year. My son was accepted by his dream school and the college admissions counselor told us that his college essay was so remarkable that she shared it with her peers in the admissions department. With Mr. Kelly's assistance, my son wrote an essay which relected my son's personality and intellect.


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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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