ACT Tutoring Options
I understand that the decision to commit your child's time and your family's resources to a test prep program is an important one. My goal, therefore, is to help you understand how StudyPoint's ACT tutoring program is different from other ACT prep options you may be considering.
If you're considering ACT classes or small group ACT test prep, you should know that StudyPoint specializes in highly personalized, 1-to-1 tutoring in the convenience of your home. Though private ACT tutoring is a premium service, it provides your child a level of personalized, tailored instruction that can't be duplicated in a classroom or small group setting. With a StudyPoint ACT tutor, your child receives an expert instructor's undivided attention, leading to greater lesson engagement and a higher degree of accountability. Your child's learning needs are the sole focus of the program instructor, and the program moves at a pace and difficulty level commensurate with your child's testing abilities.
If you've already decided to work with a private tutor, we want you to know that one-to-one tutoring is and always has been our only focus. Too often, a test prep provider will use a curriculum designed for a classroom program in a one-on-one setting and label that type of test prep "private tutoring". For a private ACT tutoring program to be as effective as possible, it requires a curriculum designed for the one-on-one setting, one that can be customized to each student's unique abilities, and which adapts as that student's abilities progress over the course of the program. It's this type of curriculum that StudyPoint has utilized in its ACT tutoring programs since we first began helping students succeed on the ACT over ten years ago.
I invite you to learn more about our ACT tutoring programs. We're very proud of our results, and would welcome the opportunity to work with your family.
Richard J. Enos
CEO & Co-Founder
Personalized ACT Tutoring
Each student comes to us with his or her own unique testing needs and abilities. For this reason, we've developed one of the most innovative and personalized private ACT tutoring programs in the test preparation industry. As a StudyPoint ACT tutoring student, your child's ACT program will be custom tailored to his or her needs in three specific ways:
- Initial Diagnostic Exam
Before meeting with a tutor, your child will take an initial practice ACT. The results of this exam, as well as your child's performance in the first few sessions, will be used by the tutor to determine the focus of the program and will enable that tutor to teach to your child's unique strengths and weaknesses. Over the course of the program, your child will take additional practice tests to track progress and ensure that he or she is achieving the desired results.
- Personalized Homework Assignments
The content, strategies, and techniques your child learns during his or her tutoring sessions are supplemented by a Personalized Online Homework Plan that continuously adapts to your child's abilities. As your child's skills improve, he or she is presented with increasingly difficult material to ensure that he or she is appropriately challenged throughout the program.
- The Right Student-Tutor Match
The better your child connects with his or her ACT tutor, the more motivated he or she will be during our program and the more committed he or she will be to the work required. For this reason, we try to learn about your child's interests, personality, and learning style and incorporate these factors into the tutor selection process. We want your child's tutor to be someone with whom he or she works well and from whom he or she can easily learn.
Regardless of the specific tutor with whom your child works, you'll have the security of knowing that all of our tutors meet the following minimum requirements. Each tutor has:
- Taught or tutored for at least two years before joining StudyPoint
- Completed his or her undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Passed a comprehensive background screening, reference check, and education verification
- Passed a teaching test. Our live teaching tests ensure that our tutors have a firm grasp of the material they're teaching and that they can communicate that material in a dynamic and engaging way
- Undergone an initial 10-12 hours of training on our curriculum as well as ongoing training and professional development
StudyPoint employs some of the strictest hiring criteria in the industry; only about 5% of our tutor applicants ever go on to become StudyPoint tutors.
An Industry Leading Score Increase Guarantee
One of the core values that guides our day to day work is to Live by the Golden Rule, and to us that translates to standing behind our product and delivering on our promises. If you purchase an iPhone and it doesn't work, you take it back to the store and they make it right. To the people here at StudyPoint, delivering on what we promise is just common sense.
Where many companies offer little or no guarantee, we're proud to have always backed our ACT tutoring with an industry-leading one: if your child completes our Standard 30-Hour In-Home Tutoring Program and doesn't improve by at least 4 points from his or her baseline* score (or a proctored practice test if you don't have an official baseline score), we'll provide you with an additional 18 hours of ACT tutoring for a subsequent exam for free.
And if you choose to work with one of our most experienced online ACT tutors, we'll raise that guarantee amount to 5 points. These instructors have over 2500 hours of tutoring experience with us, and are some of the most experienced test prep tutors in the industry.
*Note: whenever possible we prefer to use official test scores as the baseline score for your child's program. Towards this end, we use your child’s first official ACT score if he or she has already taken an official ACT, or your child’s PreACT score if he or she has taken the PreACT but not an official ACT. If your child has not taken either the PreACT or the ACT, we use a parent-proctored ACT that your child can take at home under timed conditions.
In order to maintain eligibility for our guarantee, students must complete all components of their program.
These components include:
- Tutoring: Student must complete all tutoring hours in his/her program.
- Practice Tests: Student must complete all ACT Practice Tests.
- Homework: Student must complete all homework by the end of the program
- Test Date: Student must take the ACT within three weeks of his/her final tutoring session.
- Scores: Student must submit his/her official baseline and final ACT scores.
We have always believed that an education company should be willing to share their student results, and stand behind those results with a meaningful guarantee. We always have, and we know that is one of the primary reasons that more than 60% of our clients come from referrals and repeat families. If you hold up your end, we'll hold up ours and work to make sure your child leaves our program with a dramatically improved ACT score.
ACT Program Options
We offer a variety of ACT tutoring options, ranging from section-specific programs to programs that cover all content and strategies tested on the exam. We can help you decide which option will best prepare your child for test day.
Learn About The ACT
Ready to learn more about the exam? Click on the links below to view upcoming test dates, learn more about the format of the ACT, or about how the exam is scored.
2016-2017 Test Dates
- Start Tutoring
- June 1 - July 20
- June 15 - August 31
- August 15 - Oct. 20
- October 1 - Nov. 15
- Dec. 15 - Feb. 20
- Jan. 1 - April 15
- Test Date
- Sept. 10, 2016
- Oct. 22, 2016
- Dec. 10, 2016
- Feb. 11, 2017 **
- Apr. 8, 2017
- June 10, 2017
- August 5, 2016
- September 16, 2016
- November 4, 2016
- January 13, 2017
- March 3, 2017
- May 5, 2017
- Scores Begin
To Release: ***
- September 20
- November 8
- December 20
- February 22
- April 26
- June 21
*The recommended tutoring start dates are suggested start times for a full-length ACT program. Actual start dates vary based upon program length, student scheduling availabilty, and other factors. Contact us to discuss your child's specific scheduling needs.
**The February 11th test date is not available in the state of New York.
***The ACT begins releasing scores online on these dates for the multiple choice section of the exam. Writing scores take longer. In general all scores will be released by eight weeks from the test date.
The ACT is a standardized test that measures a student's skills in five core areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing (optional). Students in grades 11 and 12 take the ACT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process.
The ACT is composed of four multiple-choice sections—English, Math, Reading, and Science—and one optional essay section—Writing. Total testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes for the ACT without Writing and 3 hours and 35 minutes for the ACT with Writing. The breakdown of each section is as follows:
Before taking an actual ACT exam, it's important that students understand how ACT scoring works.
Scoring for the Multiple-Choice Sections (English, Math, Reading, and Science)
- Students earn 1 point for each correct answer and neither lose nor gain points for each omitted or incorrect answer. (It's therefore to a student's advantage to answer every question on the exam.)
- A student’s raw score for a section is calculated by determining the number of questions answered correctly in that section. Example: If a student answered 60 questions correctly in the English section, his English raw score would be 60.
- A student’s raw score for a section is converted to a scaled score, which ranges between a 1 and a 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students receive a scaled score for each of the four multiple-choice test sections (English, Math, Reading, and Science).
- A student’s composite ACT score is the average of the student’s scaled scores for the four multiple-choice test sections. Example: If a student scored a 24 English, 28 Math, 26 Reading, and 23 Science, his composite ACT score would be (24 + 28 + 26 + 23)/4 = 25.25, which is rounded down to a 25.
Scoring for the Writing Test
- Two readers read and score each student’s Writing test essay based on four domains: Ideas and Analysis, Development and Support, Organization, and Language Use and Conventions.
- Each reader gives the essay a score ranging between a 1 and a 6 for each of the four domains, with 6 being the highest possible score. The two scores are added together to get a student’s Writing subscore for each domain, which can range between a 2 and a 12 (12 being the highest possible score). If the two readers’ scores differ by more than one point, a third reader will be called in to resolve the disagreement. The Writing score is calculated from the domain scores and ranges between 1 and 36.
- A student’s English, Reading and Writing scores are scaled to create a student’s combined English Language Arts (ELA) score. Choosing to take the Writing test does not impact your Composite score or subject area scores, but without the Writing test score, no ELA score will be reported.
ACT vs SAT: which test is a better fit for your child? Students may take whichever test they prefer (assuming there are available testing locations for both tests). If you're not sure which test your child would prefer, consider the key differences between the ACT and SAT. Some students find that the ACT caters to their strengths more so than the SAT, and vice versa.
Here's a quick side-by-side comparison of the two tests:
|content-based test||Type of Test||content-based test|
|Reading: 1, 65-min section;
Math: 1, 25-min section (no calculator) & 1, 55-min section (w/calculator);
Writing & Langauge: 1, 35-min section; Essay: 1, 50-min section (optional)
|Test Format||English: 1, 45-min section;
Math: 1, 60-min section;
Reading: 1, 35-min section;
Science: 1, 35-min section;
Writing: 1, 40-min essay (optional)
|reading, relevant words in context, math, grammar & usage, analytical writing (optional)||Content Covered||grammar & usage, math, reading, science reasoning, and writing (optional)|
|questions are evidence and context-based in an effort to focus on real-world situations and multi-step problem-solving||Test Style||straightforward, questions may be long but are usually less difficult to decipher|
|Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing are each scored on a scale of 200-800. Composite SAT score is the sum of the two section scores and ranged from 400-1600.||Scoring||English, Math, Reading, and Science scores will each range between 1-36. Composite ACT score is the average of your scores on the four sections; ranges between 1-36|
|no - you do not lose points for incorrect answers||Penalty for Wrong Answers?||no – you do not lose points for incorrect answers|
|yes – you can choose which set(s) of SAT scores to submit to colleges||Score Choice?||yes – you can choose which set(s) of ACT scores to submit to colleges|
|questions increase in difficulty level as you move through that question type in a section (except reading passage questions, which progress chronologically through the passage)||Difficulty Levels||difficulty level of the questions is random|
|arithmetic, problem-solving & data analysis, heart of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; formulas provided.||Math Levels||arithmetic, algebra I and II, functions, geometry, trigonometry; no formulas are provided|
|with private schools and schools on the east and west coasts; however, every four-year college in the US accepts SAT scores||Tends to be more popular?||with public schools and schools in the Midwest and south; however, every four-year college in the US accepts ACT scores|
|seven times per year: January, March or April, May, June, October, November, December||Offered when?||six times per year: February, April, June, September, October, December (note that some states offer the ACT as part of their state testing requirements; these tests are not administered on the national test dates)|
|typically about four weeks before the test date||Registration deadline?||typically about five to six weeks before the test date|
Still have questions about the ACT? Contact a member of our Enrollment Team at
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