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ACT Test Prep

ACT Test Prep

“I wanted to thank you again for the ACT prep class. I got a 30 on the ACT on my first try. Your classes really prepared me — there’s no way I could have gotten that without your help. So THANK YOU!” —Jessica P, homeschool high school student

Schedule: This is a 6-week course that meets three times per week, one hour each session.

Format: Lecture to cover concepts, with lots of class interaction and individual practice during class. No grading; homework is optional but recommended.

Cost: $350 per person for a group class of 4 or more students; $1080 for one-on-one tutoring.

Payment options: Payments can be made via PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, cash, or check.

Materials: Pencil, paper, and a graphing calculator. (The ACT calculator policy is here: http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/ACT-calculator-policy.pdf) We’ll use free worksheets on the Internet for homework and supplements. No text, but a book like The Official ACT Prep Guide or Barron’s ACT Study Guide is recommended.

For more details or to schedule a class, contact Michael by email at michaelgold@goldams.com or by phone at 281-770-2276.

Upcoming ACT test dates.

“My son says: ‘Great experience. It really helped me improve my average score (statistics from practice tests) from about a 29 to a 32.’ “ –An Outschool parent, about the Outschool class “ACT Test Prep!,” 20 Jun 2020

Class Description.

Conquering the ACT is about knowing your stuff, and knowing how to do it quickly and accurately (knowing “tricks” and “short cuts,” as some might say). So we’ll go over the math, science, reading, and writing concepts that are tested, as well as learning some test techniques and strategies.

In this 6-week course, meeting 3 hours per week, students will do a lot of work in class. I’ll provide minimal — but sufficient! — instruction, just what students need to get the idea and run with it. So they should be prepared to use their pencil, paper, calculator, brain, and mind! This will be very much a practical class: some instruction, some discussion, some Q&A, lots of work.

If needed and desired, I will give students some supplemental work, on a class or an individual basis.

Be prepared to learn! And remember that studying for the ACT is not like studying for a typical test, or even for a final exam. The ACT covers your entire academic career, and is supposed to test “college readiness.” So studying well for the test takes more time and effort.

Tentative schedule:
Week 1: how the ACT is structured; basic test strategies; what kind of improvement is possible; planning for what your colleges want; geometry review; basic grammar; ACT reading basics

Week 2: geometry review; math techniques/tricks/tips; basic grammar; ACT reading basics, marking a reading, staying focused

Week 3: algebra review; math techniques/tricks/tips; grammar and writing; reading, questioning, and using the answers

Week 4: geometry review; math techniques/tricks/tips; grammar and writing; reading, questioning, and using the answers; cracking the ACT science section

Week 5: algebra review; math techniques/tricks/tips; reading and thinking; cracking the ACT science section; fundamental factors of success, fundamental factors that affect your test performance and score: logic, sleep, exercise, breathing, diet/nutrition, etc.

Week 6: hard math problems; math techniques/tricks/tips; working the writing section; ACT reading and science practice

Upcoming ACT test dates.

I wanted to let you know that Emily got a 33 on her most recent ACT. She was beyond happy. Her college list just expanded. She is being recruited by some schools, so she has a number of options, which makes this fun but challenging. She had a 29, so she’s gone to a 30 and then a 33. On her recent ACT, she was up 2 points in English and Science, 1 point in Reading, and 5 points in Mathematics: from a 30 to a 35. We appreciate all of your help.

–John M, father of a high school student

Thank you again for your efforts and wonderful tutoring for both the SAT and ACT prep classes. I think the benefits reach far beyond good scores on standardized tests. I believe the skills you teach and emphasize have a tremendous impact on our kiddos critical thinking as well. You are greatly appreciated by our family! —Michelle F, mother of a homeschool high school student

“When I met Michael Gold at a high school open house in 2008, I was impressed by qualifications and expertise in tutoring. Our daughter Maggie had a full schedule and opted for semi-private and private tutorials. Maggie got the remediation and test tactics she needed from Mr. Gold in half the traditional time it takes through testing companies. Our fees were also considerably less. He hones in on student needs and builds from there. We were very pleased with our SAT and ACT test results. She is getting letters from many upper-tier private colleges. I would recommend Mr. Gold to any ambitious high school junior.”
–Carol V, parent of an ex-high school student