The ACT is a standardized assessment that helps colleges assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in college. Schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in a college program.

The ACT measures critical reasoning skills by testing math and verbal concepts that students have developed over time. It does not measure specific content from high school. The ACT comprises four main sections: English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science. There is also an optional Writing section.

  • English –  75 multiple-choice questions based on 5 passages tested in 45 minutes; This section tests knowledge of standard written English including grammar, sentence structure, and organization of writing.
  • Mathematics – 60 multiple-choice questions in 60 minutes; This section emphasizes math content prerequisite to most college courses, focusing on algebra, geometry, coordinate geometry, and basic trigonometry.
  • Science –  40 multiple-choice questions in 35 minutes; This section tests interpretation of scientific information and data presented in graphs, tables, experimental descriptions, or collections of differing hypotheses. This section does not require background scientific knowledge in the sciences. Rather, it tests your reasoning and analysis skills when presented with information in various formats.
  • Reading 40 passage-based, multiple-choice questions tested in 35 minutes; This section measures reading comprehension.
  • Writing –   One 40-minute essay; This section is optional, and must be registered for ahead of time. The prompt presents an issue and three different perspectives on that issue. Students are asked to evaluate the presented perspectives and to formulate their own.
We Offer a Variety of ACT Prep Formats

Choose the format that best fit the needs of your community

ACT Blitz

The ACT Blitz is an intensive test prep program that provides students with the tools they need to prepare for and ace the ACT. The ACT Blitz is offered during the academic year to prepare students to reach the test date of their choice at peak performance. These courses meet once per week, allowing time to practice new skills during the week. Our multi-week format of the ACT Prep Course leads to greater opportunities for learning and interaction with our expert instructors. Courses are conveniently scheduled in the weeks leading up to the most popular ACT dates and include 16 hours of instruction.

ACT Live-Online Blitz

Our ACT Live-online classes offer the same great program as the traditional ACT prep class with the added flexibility of attending class from anywhere or at any time. Our virtual classroom provides you with the opportunity to interact in real-time with our expert instructors with the added benefit of watching recordings of the class sessions for up to 30 days after the course ends. The Live-Online ACT Blitz is offered online using Adobe Connect, a free browser plug-in. All you need are a high-speed internet connection, speakers or head phones, and Adobe Flash Player, which can also be downloaded for free.

ACT Spring Institute

The ACT Spring Break Institute is ideal for students that need an intensive preparation program during the summer. This one-week institute is held over 4 consecutive days and requires students to continue to practice their skills in the weeks and months leading up to their fall test date. Students are expected to actively participate in class and in the online review sessions. Students generally take the ACT during their junior year of high school. This course is ideal for rising juniors that may be taking the test for the first time, for those high school students that have already taken the exam but wish to improve their score, and those younger students who are curious about the recent changes to the format of the ACT.

ACT Summer Institute

The ACT Summer Institute consists of 20 hours of classroom instruction covered in an intensive one-week format. The Summer Institute features instruction from an ACT test preparation expert and extensive online review tools. Our comprehensive program emphasizes the ACT test components: Test Taking Strategies, Question Formats, Math, English, Reading Comprehension, and Science Reasoning. Students receive in-depth review of the exam materials, insight into strategies for succeeding on standardized tests, and a comprehensive study plan. Class sessions use real test questions to show just how these skills are tested. The course fee includes all classroom and online sessions and course materials. Students also receive access to online review sessions and open office hours in the time leading up to fall exam dates.
ACT Course Content

An intensive test prep program that provides students with the tools they need to prepare for the ACT


Math Topics Include:

  • Practice solution techniques for problems containing variables.
  • Learn efficient approaches to complicated multi-step problems.
  • Discover tactics for translating difficult word problems into equations.


English Topics Include:

  • Identify correct idiomatic speech in sentence correction problems.
  • Understand the basic concepts of rhetorical construction.
  • Learn which grammar errors are most frequently tested.


Reading Topics Include:

  • Understand which part of the passage to read for reading comprehension questions.
  • Recognize the difference between global and local test items.
  • Identify passages written from the journalistic and engaged perspectives.

Hear what our ACT Students AND Parents have to say!

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Student & Parent Testimonials

See what our ACT students and parents have to say about our ACT program!
"It was a great class and I strongly recommend this class to others. I liked learning about picking numbers in math and learning to eliminate answer choices easier."
"This was a good introduction to the ACT. I learned a lot of good test strategies."
"The instructor clearly explained the questions and answers when one didn’t understand. It helped me become more confident."
"As soon as Will received his score, he emailed his instructor. I've also already referred two people. Thank you, Will had great success with your instructor."
Mary Alice (Parent)

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