ACT Tutoring

Applying to colleges can be daunting. Your GPA, extracurricular activities, coursework and letters of recommendations all factor into admissions and scholarship awards. And then there is the standardized test…it may seem overwhelming at first but ACT tutoring can help. Given several months of guidance, preparation and carefully breaking down each section you can take control over your scores and make it an asset in your applications.

Here is an overview of the ACT:

  1. Required sections: English, math, reading, science
  2. Optional: Writing
  3. Scoring: 1-36
  4. More commonly taken than SAT
  5. Accepted by all 4 year colleges and universities
ACT Tutoring

Distribution of scores (2005)


  • English
    • 45 min
    • 75 questions
    • 5 passages
    • questions about usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills
  • Mathematics
    • 60 min
    • 60 questions
      • 14 pre-algebra
      • 10 elementary algebra
      • 9 intermediate algebra
      • 14 plane geometry
      • 9 coordinate geometry
      • 4 elementary trigonometry
  • Reading
    • 35 min
    • 4 passages
    • fiction, social science, humanities, natural science
  • Science reasoning
    • 35 min
    • 40 questions
      • 7 passages w/ 5-7 questions each
      • 3 formats
        • Data representation
        • Research Summary
        • Conflicting Viewpoints
  • Writing
    • 40 min
    • optional
    • prompts regard social issues
    • graded based on categories
      • Ideas & Analysis
      • Development and Support
      • Organization
      • Language Use and Conventions

ACT tutoring can provide guidance on the nuts and bolts of the test, including getting assistance tailored to your strengths and weaknesses.

Meet Megen M., an experienced ACT tutor who scored in the 90th percentile, helping her land a full ride scholarship in the Honors Program at the University of Utah.


“Tutoring the ACT in both a class setting and in one-on-one sessions has been very rewarding as I’ve seen my students’ confidence and scores rise. By dissecting the different types of questions and concepts tested in each of the four sections, my students can go into the test feeling confident that they’ll be able to work through any type of problem that comes their way.”