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How Much Does ACT Prep Cost?

 
low costSelf-Guided Books or Software: $10-$30average costOnline Courses: $20-$600high costPrivate Tutoring: $95-$250 Per Hour

The American College Test (ACT) is a college entrance exam covering four subjects: English, reading, math and science, with an optional writing component. Students may choose to prepare for the ACT, SAT or both tests, having scores sent to prospective colleges.

Typical costs:

  • Self-Guided ACT study tools like books and software typically cost $10-$30. For example, The Real ACT Prep Guide[1] book costs about $20 andCracking the ACT 2011 by The Princeton Review costs about $15. The Kaplan ACT 2011 Premier[2] study book with CD-ROM costs $17 and the study software SAT/ACT/PSAT 2012[3] by Topics Entertainment costs $30.
  • Online courses for ACT study typically cost $20-$600. For example, Barron's Test Prep offers 6 months of online access to ACT study tools for $20. This includes full-length ACT practice tests with instant scoring as well as customized tests focusing on areas where improvement is needed. Kaplan[4] offers a 2-3 month online class for $500, which includes online lessons, practice tests and a money-back guarantee if the student doesn't earn a higher score.
  • Instructor-led ACT prep classes typically cost $75-$600. For example, a review course held at Southeast Missouri State University[5] costs $75 for 12 hours of classroom instruction and covers all four subjects of the ACT. The Princeton Review[6] offers an 18-hour, in-person ACT prep course for $599, and courses are held at locations across the country.
  • Private tutoring for the ACT typically costs $95-$250 per hour, and can take place either in-person or online. For example, Revolution Prep[7] offers private ACT tutoring for packages ranging from $95 per hour ($3,799 for 40 hours of private ACT tutoring) to $250 per hour ($2,000 for 8 hours of private premium ACT tutoring), for tutoring in locations across the country. Packages with more hours are generally cheaper per hour. BWS Education Counseling[8] in Columbus, OH, charges $100 per hour for individual tutoring. Small group tutoring is offered at $50 per hour (per student with 4 students) to $70 per hour (per student for groups of 2 students).
Related articles: ACT Test, SAT, SAT Prep, College

What should be included:
  • ACT study courses and materials should include test-taking strategies and tips, as well as an overview of the test format. Multiple-choice practice questions should be provided in each of the four test sections: English, reading, math and science. One or more full-length practice tests should also be available. Study materials for the option ACT writing section may or may not be included.
Additional costs:
  • It costs $34 to register for the ACT. Some colleges require applicants to also take the writing portion[9] of the test, which costs an additional $15.50.
  • A scientific or graphing calculator[10] is required to take the SAT, as well as to complete test prep courses. A graphing calculator can cost $20 for a used, older model to $150 for a new, upgraded model. For example, used TI-82[11] calculators often sell for $30 or less on eBay, while a new TI-84 calculator[12] from Texas Instruments costs about $115 including shipping.
Discounts:
  • Peterson's College Search offers a free ACT practice test[13] .
Shopping for act prep:
  • ACCET[14] is the Accrediting Council of Continuing Education and Training and offers a searchable directory[15] of accredited test prep organizations.
  • In 2007, ACT scores were accepted by all U.S. four-year colleges or universities, although the SAT still had more total test-takers nationally. USA Today compares the ACT and SAT[16] .
  • Smart Money magazine lists 10 tips to remember when shopping for ACT prep products or services[17] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.amazon.com/Real-ACT-3rd-Prep-Guide/dp/0768934400
  2.  www.amazon.com/Kaplan-2011-Premier-CD-ROM-Online/dp/1607144719
  3.  www.amazon.com/TOPICS-Entertainment-81288-PSAT-2012/dp/B0050RDRYO
  4.  www.kaptest.com/College/ACT/Instructor-Led/complete-act-prep-classroom-anywhere.html
  5.  www.semo.edu/continuinged/testprep_14269.htm
  6.  www.princetonreview.com/ChooseProducts.aspx?&testtype=TBA&producttype=ILD&productd...
  7.  /www.revolutionprep.com/
  8.  bwseducationconsulting.com/individual_tutoring.html
  9.  www.actstudent.org/writing/
  10.  professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-subject/test-day/expect/calculators
  11.  www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?TI%2520Model=TI%252D82&_nkw=ti-82&rt=nc&LH_ItemCondition=1...
  12.  www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16844101109&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=...
  13.  www.petersons.com/college-search/free-act-practice-test.aspx
  14.  www.accet.org
  15.  www.accet.org/directory
  16.  usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-03-18-life-cover-acts_N.htm
  17.  www.smartmoney.com/borrow/student-loans/10-things-testprep-services-wont-tell-you-...
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