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.
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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.
Security of a Guarantee
We guarantee a score increase over an initial baseline score. This initial baseline score can be from:
- an official proctored ACT if the student has previously taken the ACT, or
- a proctored ACT Practice Test score (if the student has not previously taken the ACT), proctored by a StudyPoint tutor
• 30 Hour Program Increase of at least 4 points from an administered ACT or proctored ACT Practice Test • 24 Hour Program Increase of at least 2 points from an administered ACT or proctored ACT Practice Test • 18 Hour Program Increase of at least 1 point from an administered ACT or proctored ACT Practice Test
In order to maintain eligibility for our guarantee, students must complete all components of their program.
• 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.
What We Guarantee
Students who maintain eligibility and fail to achieve the guaranteed score increase will be entitled to an additional 18 hours of tutoring free. With these additional hours, we'll provide new materials for the student to work from, and a new tutor if requested.
To learn more about our ACT tutoring guarantee, click here.
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.
2015-2016 Test Dates
- Start Tutoring
On or Around *
- Jun 14
- Jul 26
- Sep 13
- Nov 8
- Jan 10
- Mar 13
- Registration Deadline
- Aug 7
- Sep 18
- Nov 6
- Jan 8
- Mar 4
- May 6
- Late Registration Deadline
- Aug 21
- Oct 2
- Nov 20
- Jan 15
- Mar 18
- May 20
- Test Date
- Sep 12, 2015
- Oct 24, 2015
- Dec 12, 2015
- Feb 06, 2016
- Apr 19, 2016
- Jun 11, 2016
- Online Score Release
- Sep 25
- Nov 10
- Dec 22
- Feb 17
- Apr 19
- Jun 21
* Note: 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 availability, and other factors. Visit this page to learn about our recommendations for the class of 2017. Contact us to discuss your child's specific scheduling needs.
** The February 6th test date is not available in the state of New York.
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 25 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. Essays are scored holistically (i.e., based on the overall impression your essay makes).
- Each reader gives the essay a score ranging between a 1 and a 6, with 6 being the highest possible score. The two scores are added together to get a student’s Writing subscore, which can range between a 2 and a 12, with 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.
- A student’s English score and Writing subscore are scaled to create a student’s Combined English/Writing score. The English score accounts for 2/3 of the Combined score while the Writing score accounts for the remaining 1/3. A student’s Combined English/Writing score will range between a 1 and a 36, with 36 being the highest possible score.
- Neither the Writing subscore nor the Combined English/Writing score affects a student’s composite ACT score. Instead, they serve as stand-alone scores that appear on a student’s score report.
The main difference between the ACT & the SAT is how each exam tests a student's knowledge. The ACT is a straightforward test of a student's content knowledge while the SAT places slightly more emphasis on logic and reasoning skills.
In March of 2016, the SAT is changing. To see how the new SAT will compare to the ACT, view this infographic.
Still have questions about the ACT? Contact a member of our Enrollment Team at