Inspirica’s Approach ToACT Test Preparation


Inspirica has been preparing students for the ACT for more than 30 years. In those three decades, we have seen each type of question and every variation of question type. We have created our own proprietary test strategies using our vast knowledge of the test. Additionally, on a pedagogical and psychological level, our expert tutors have worked with every type of student and will know how best to inspire and motivate your child to achieve his or her personal best score on the ACT.

The ACT is the most popular college entrance examination in the United States, accepted by more schools now than even the SAT. Therefore, preparing for success on this test is more important than ever.

Our approach is, of course, personalized. Each tutor uses the initial diagnostic to craft an individualized course of action focusing primarily on shoring up strengths and giving most attention to areas that need strengthening. Our preparation has both a strategic and a psychological component because scoring well means going into the test with both a mastery of the material and an attitude of confidence and success.

As a parent, you are critically important to the process as well. Your Educational Consultant will regularly communicate with you via progress reports, answering your questions and letting you know how you might be able to help. You are one of the most important members of the team that includes your tutor, your Educational Consultant, the Inspirica staff—and, of course, your child! All of us together share the singular goal of having your child reach his or her personal best on test day, when we can all breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my child’s score improve through tutoring?
Inspirica’s tutors are experts at helping students achieve their maximum potential on the ACT. With the guidance, support, and strategies we offer, our students will be in the best possible position to succeed on the test. Specific score improvement goals will vary from student to student. Once we get to know you and your child, we can help you shape those goals and make a plan to reach them.
How much tutoring should my child complete?
The number of sessions any given student needs depends on many factors: how much time the student has until the test date, what his or her goals are, and how much work needs to be done to achieve those goals. Some students require only a few hours of tutoring, while others meet frequently over the course of months or longer. Every student is unique, and Inspirica's Educational Consultants and expert tutors will evaluate each student's circumstances in order to uniquely tailor a tutoring program to fit any situation. For a typical ACT preparation program, most students are able to achieve their goals by meeting with their Inspirica tutor once per week for two hours until the test date.
Should my child take both the SAT and the ACT?
Most students take only one test or the other. While similar in many ways, the SAT and the ACT are different enough that most students perform better on one than on the other. The best way to find out which test is more suited to your student is to take a diagnostic practice test of each kind. Once we have an understanding of your child’s skills and strengths, we can help you decide which test is a better fit and should be the focus of your preparation efforts.
When is the ideal time to take the ACT? When should my child start preparing for the ACT?
Many students take the ACT for the first time in the spring of their junior year of high school or in the fall of their senior year. Students frequently take the test multiple times. The right time to take the test and how long to prepare depend on the student’s skills, schedule, and goals. Each student is unique, and Inspirica’s Educational Consultants are happy to work with you and get to know your student’s circumstances so you can make the right choice about testing and preparation.
How much science does a student need to know for the ACT?
The ACT’s science section is designed to measure “science skills” rather than specific scientific content. This means that understanding the scientific method is important and so is the ability to read charts and graphs. Logical reasoning from evidence is also important in this section of the test. Knowledge pertaining to a particular scientific field, such as physics, biology, or chemistry, is not necessarily important.
What's a good score on the ACT?
The ACT has a score range of 1–36 in each of four categories: English, mathematics, reading, and science. There is an optional essay, which is also scored from 1 to 36. A good score depends on the goals of an individual student, target schools, and the rest of a student’s application. Once we get to know you and your child, we can help you shape those goals and make a plan to reach them.
Is there superscoring on the ACT?
Superscoring allows college applicants to combine the section scores from different tests taken on different days into one overall test score. This “superscore” represents the student’s best performance in each of the ACT’s test sections. The ACT allows superscoring when test scores are submitted to colleges, but the decision to consider a superscore rather than complete scores for each test is left to the colleges.
Does Inspirica offer mock tests?
Inspirica uses full-length practice test material to administer mock tests under realistic conditions. These tests are used to help gauge a student’s progress at different points during the tutoring program. In analyzing the results, our expert tutors go beyond the numbers, talking with the student and looking at what he or she has written on the test booklet to get a full picture of the improvement level and what else needs to be done to complete test preparation.

ACT Test Preparation 101

The ACT is one of two standardized reasoning tests for college applicants; the other is the SAT. Though the ACT is a less familiar name to some than the SAT, it is now taken by more students than the SAT each year and is accepted at all major colleges and universities in place of the SAT. The ACT is composed of four multiple-choice sections—english, math, reading, and science reasoning—and one optional essay section, each scored out of 36. As a reasoning test, the ACT seeks to measure a student’s reasoning abilities more than to measure specialized content knowledge, but the content is not easy. For example, though the science section emphasizes analysis of charts and graphs over memorization of facts, familiarity with the methodology and thinking the test utilises is paramount. Every Inspirica tutor has intimate knowledge of ACT content and can help a student feel comfortable and in control of his or her testing experience. The other major challenge of the ACT is pacing: the ACT moves fast! Students who have never previously had timing issues on standardized tests may find themselves rushing to finish the ACT. An Inspirica tutor will help students move efficiently through the test, allowing each student to get as much as possible from the limited time allotted!