|Self-Guided Books or Software: $10-$30||Online Courses: $20-$600||Private 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.
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- Self-Guided ACT study tools like books and software typically cost $10-$30. For example, The Real ACT Prep Guide book costs about $20 andCracking the ACT 2011 by The Princeton Review costs about $15. The Kaplan ACT 2011 Premier study book with CD-ROM costs $17 and the study software SAT/ACT/PSAT 2012 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 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 costs $75 for 12 hours of classroom instruction and covers all four subjects of the ACT. The Princeton Review 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 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 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).
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.
- It costs $34 to register for the ACT. Some colleges require applicants to also take the writing portion of the test, which costs an additional $15.50.
- A scientific or graphing calculator 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 calculators often sell for $30 or less on eBay, while a new TI-84 calculator from Texas Instruments costs about $115 including shipping.
Shopping for act prep:
- Peterson's College Search offers a free ACT practice test .
- ACCET is the Accrediting Council of Continuing Education and Training and offers a searchable directory 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 .
- Smart Money magazine lists 10 tips to remember when shopping for ACT prep products or services .
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