The Best ACT Tutors
Some people are great at taking tests; others are great at explaining things. We only hire tutors who are excellent at both. Company president Brian Stewart personally evaluates and thoroughly trains every tutor. Before even earning an interview, candidates must have test scores in at least the 95th percentile and must have extensive instructional experience. Before going into the field, tutors must complete a rigorous teaching evaluation to demonstrate that (1) they can explain any question students might have on the practice material and (2) they can offer customized ACT strategy advice and content instruction to students. It is no surprise that we hire less than 4% of our applicants. For more information, please check out our testimonials and staff introductions.
Highest Quality ACT Test Prep Materials
Practice only makes perfect if you are using the right materials. Our students use previous real ACT tests and ACT practice tests we have created. The quality of our materials was recognized by Barron’s Educational Series, which selected them after a nationwide search for its new series of ACT books.
Completely Customized Instruction
Working with students one-on-one enables us to meet their unique learning needs. What works for one student to prepare for the ACT will not necessarily work for another. Among the factors we consider in customizing our preparation:
- How has a student done previously on the Pre-ACT, PSAT, and/or ACT?
- What is a student’s baseline knowledge of English grammar, ACT math, or other key ACT test content?
- Does the student receive extended time or other testing accommodations due to an IEP or 504 Plan?
- How much of a factor is test anxiety?
- What are the student’s goals for an ACT score and college admission?
Your registration form will give us the information we need to match your child with the best tutor for his or her overall situation. Our tutors continually tailor their instruction by communicating with parents, conversing with students, and evaluating student performance during every tutoring session.
Our tutoring represents the best value in ACT test preparation in Columbus, Ohio and beyond.
Please use our secure registration form to sign up for tutoring. (If you are registering using a mobile device, review the tutoring options on our FAQs page.) Tutors usually book up at least a month in advance, so email us as soon as possible to begin the enrollment process.
Tutoring with an associate tutor is currently $90 per hour for individual ACT tutoring. Learn more about our associate ACT tutors here.
ACT tutoring with company President Brian Stewart is currently $180 per hour.
Associate tutors can work with pairs of students who have similar goals and ability level at a per-student per-hour rate of $63 ($126 total for the hour for both students). Brian can work with pairs of students who have similar goals and ability levels at a per-student per-hour rate of $126 ($252 total for the hour for both students). We do not have a list of students waiting to be placed to work with other students in pairs. If you form your own pair, we can try to accommodate you.
If you would like to arrange a customized group package for 3 or more students, please email us for details. Also, consider one of our Group ACT Test Prep Classes.
Based on your registration information, we will match you with a tutor whose schedule and location matches yours. Our tutors are generally available on afternoons, evenings, and weekends, but not all tutors are available at all times and locations.
We recommend at least 10-12 hours of ACT tutoring leading up to a particular ACT test date. Some students may need more than this. If you are not sure as to how much tutoring is needed, we recommend scheduling an initial appointment. At the end of the session, you and the tutor can discuss a plan going forward.
ACT tutoring sessions are typically 1.5-2 hours in length to allow for sufficient time to cover the material in-depth.
Sometimes students like to begin with a group class and follow up with individual tutoring afterwards. Please let us know in your registration form if you are doing tutoring along with a group class so that the tutor will know what you have already covered.
We make ACT tutoring convenient by meeting students in areas convenient for them. Sessions typically take place in public libraries or coffee shops. We also offer online ACT tutoring via our Socrates online learning system to Columbus-area students who need a flexible option, and to students anywhere in the world.
We are able to provide in-person, one-to-one ACT tutoring to students from the following parts of central Ohio:
Columbus, Worthington, Dublin, Hilliard, Bexley, Powell, Grove City, Reynoldsburg, Granville, Grandview Heights, Upper Arlington, New Albany, and Gahanna.
Students in other cities in Ohio, like Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, Kettering, Terrace Park, Gates Mills, Hudson, Chagrin Falls, Galena, Solon, and Hinckley, may want to do a combination of in-person ACT tutoring and online ACT tutoring.
If you live outside of the Columbus area, contact us to set up one-on-one ACT tutoring via our Socrates online learning system. Socrates enables us to work with students throughout the United States and all over the world to help them prepare for the ACT. Socrates offers a virtual tutoring option that is just like being in the same room with a tutor. We can share a whiteboard through the screen-sharing feature to solve problems as though you were in a classroom. Sessions can take place in the convenience of your home, and can often take place at times that in-person tutoring could not. Please click here for extensive details about our online ACT tutoring platform.
If you would like to set up in-person individual ACT tutoring with company President Brian Stewart and you live outside of Ohio – New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Phoenix, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Boston, China, or Europe—please email us to arrange a customized tutorial for your child. Depending on the particulars, Brian might be able to fly to you for an in-depth ACT tutoring workshop.
We are proud to have provided ACT tutoring to central Ohio students from the following high schools:
- Bexley High School
- Bishop Hartley
- Bishop Ready
- Bishop Watterson
- Columbus Academy
- Columbus Alternative
- Columbus School for Girls
- Dublin Coffman
- Dublin Jerome
- Dublin Scioto
- Gahanna Lincoln
- Grandview Heights
- Granville High School
- Hilliard Bradley
- Hilliard Darby
- Hilliard Davidson
- Interlochen Arts Academy
- Licking Valley High School
- Newark Catholic
- Newark High School
- Olentangy High School
- Olentangy Liberty
- Olentangy Orange
- Phillips Academy (Andover)
- Pickerington H.S. Central
- Pickerington H.S. North
- Reynoldsburg High School
- St. Charles Preparatory School
- St. Francis Desales
- The Wellington School
- Thomas Worthington
- Upper Arlington
- Westerville Central
- Westerville North
- Westerville South
- Western Reserve Academy
- Worthington Christian High School
- Worthington Kilbourne
What is the ACT?
The ACT is a 4 hour college admissions standardized test accepted by all universities in the United States as part of the college application. It is a general test of the academic skills that students should have to be well-prepared for college.
What does the ACT cover?
The ACT has 5 sections that cover the following academic and critical thinking skills:
- English—Editing and grammar skills
- Math—Algebra, geometry, trigonometry
- Reading—Reading comprehension
- Science—Analysis of scientific information
- Writing—An optional essay
When is it offered?
In the fall of 2020, the test dates are:
- September 12
- September 13
- September 19
- October 10
- October 17
- October 24
- October 25
- December 12
How do I register?
Go to www.actstudent.org. If you are eligible for extended time due to an I.E.P. or 504 Plan due to a learning disability like ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, concussions, or traumatic brain injury, please go to this website: www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/.
How is the ACT scored?
The ACT is scored on a curve that is adjusted on each test date to ensure that results from one ACT test compare fairly to those of another ACT test. It is scored on a 1-36 scale, with a 36 being a perfect score. The national average ACT score is around a 21. Each of the four main sections—English, Math, Reading, and Science—is scored from 1-36. The overall composite score is taken from a simple average of the individual test sections. The ACT writing score is reported on the score report, but it does not factor into the overall composite score.
When should I take it?
Most students find it helpful to take the ACT once in the fall of Junior year, once in the spring of Junior year, and once in the fall of Senior year. Individual circumstances vary so contact us for recommendations on your personal situation.
How are the ACT and SAT different?
The ACT is a bit more straight-forward than the SAT, but is more difficult to finish. The SAT has quite a bit of vocab, which the ACT does not; the ACT has science reasoning, which the SAT does not. With the recently revised SAT, the tests are much more similar than they have been in the past.
Can I get a copy of my ACT test booklet?
For the December, April, and June tests, you can order a copy of your ACT test booklet and answers by requesting the ACT Test Information Release when you register, or by going here on the ACT website: www.actstudent.org/scores/release.html.