ACT and SAT 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 and SAT 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 Lyra, an experienced ACT and SAT tutor who scored in the 99th and 98th percentiles, helping her gain admission to Macalester College.


She was always very professional, and again, she knew her stuff like the back of her hand, did a ton of preparation for sessions, knew how to teach it, took on lots of kids, everyone loved her, really an excellent tutor.

…She tutored SAT and ACT, SSAT, ISEE, chemistry, biology, most maths, including precalc, essay writing, college application essays, and probably another thing or two I’m forgetting.  She was great at pretty much everything I asked her to do. 

…Lyra was calm and direct, and they worked well together. She is bright and knew the material and did not try to overpower Kit or make her feel inadequate.  For us, that was what made the teacher/ student relationship work.

      Professional, accommodating, affordable and knowledgeable! Highly recommend if you need extra help with math!

    thumb Seth A.