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Randell Tutoring
4.7
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
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Joey G.
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Our daughter was never very good at taking tests. Arbor Tutors helped her get a great SAT score.

Judy Y
5.0
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
5.0
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
5.0
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
4.8
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!

Bashkansky Academy
5.0
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.

Derek Ko
5.0
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.

Brown Test Prep
5.0
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.

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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