The ACT, which is similar to the SAT I, is used for entrance into US Universities. We are very experienced at tutoring the ACT and the SAT and at helping students apply to US Universities.

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What is the ACT?

When applying to University in America, some students prefer to sit the ACT. The ACT is similar to the SAT I but has four sections: Critical Reading, English, Mathematics, and Science. There is an erroneous perception that the SAT I is 'more valid' than the ACT, as both are widely used and accepted. In fact, in 2011, the ACT surpassed the SAT for the first time in total number of test takers. Read about the ACT test format and question types below, or see our dedicated webpage on frequently asked questions comparing the SAT I vs the ACT.

Our Experience & Approach

There is considerably less practice material for the ACT than the SAT. Therefore, our tutors have developed ways to teach this exam with additional practice material. Our Head Tutor, Katherine Wiles, is experienced with helping parents to choose between the ACT and SAT and, along with your dedicated tutor, will advise on specialists for specific sections as needed.

ACT Test Format & Question Types

The ACT assesses the skills that are taught in all schools: reading, writing, mathematics, and science. It is scored out of 36 with the final or composite score determined by the average across the four sections. The English, Mathematics, and Reading sections also have subscores out of 18. The writing score does not affect the composite score.


The first section is the 45-minute 75-question English test that covers usage, mechanics, and rhetorical skills. There are five full passages with various sections underlined and questions on the other side of the page.


The second section is the 60-minute 60-question mathematics test that examines pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and elementary trigonometry. Calculators are permitted but with stricter requirements than the SAT. Computer algebra systems (TI-89s for example) are not allowed, but the standard graphing calculators TI-83 and TI-84 are permissible.


The reading section is a 35-minute 40-question test with four 10-question passages. These passages are usually in each of the following four categories: prose fiction, social science, humanities, and natural science. Many international students find the prose fiction passage in particular the most challenging. The only true preparation for this section is to read more!


The science section is a 35-minute 40-question test that contains six passages each followed by approximately 6 questions. There is usually only one conflicting viewpoints passage with the others some combination of data representation and research summary. The science section can be challenging to complete on time and so requires extensive preparation.


The writing (optional) is now 40 minutes long having recently increased from 30 minutes. Essays are given in response to a broad prompt which usually encompasses a social issue. The essay is assigned a score from 1 to 6 by two readers producing a final subscore ranging from 2 to 12.

Selected ACT Testimonials

Please see below some example ACT Testimonials that we have received. If you would like to hear more, you may be interested to read about our tutor guarantee or to read about Wentworth Tutors' philosophy and approach in a letter to parents from Dr Katherine Wiles, our Founder. Alternatively, some more ACT Testimonials can be found on our dedicated testimonials page, where you can filter by subject.

SAT/ACT | Sophia Ohler

"We're very impressed with Sophia, she's lovely and [my daughter] gets on with her very well. Sophia is very inspiring and a good role model for [her]." ... See Sophia Ohler's tutoring profile.

Selected Profiles of our ACT Tutors

Please see below some example profiles of the ACT Tutors that we represent. If you would like to hear more, you may be interested to read about our tutor selection criteria or to read about Wentworth Tutors' philosophy and approach in a letter to parents from Dr Katherine Wiles, our Founder. Alternatively, some more ACT Tutor profiles can be found on our dedicated tutors page, where you can filter by subject.

In 2015, I graduated from Cambridge with a Double First in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry). I have been a tutor for several years and I enjoy tutoring very much. I have particular experience tutoring students for US exams, as well as for UK Maths and Science exams. ... See Harry Taylor's tutoring profile
My approach as a tutor is deeply informed by my commitments to writing and the visual arts. With each student, I emphasise close reading, looking, and sustained attention as key tools for critical thought. Having graduated from an American liberal arts college, my teaching expertise spans all humanities subjects and I am an expert in US College applications. ... See Kylie Gilchrist's tutoring profile
I'm originally from New York, and have been living in London for a bit over a year now. After graduating from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing (Cum Laude), I received my Master's degree from the London Film School. I've been privately tutoring for years, as a peer tutor on Harvard's campus with the Bureau of Study Council, as well as with private agencies. I also have extensive experience as an Admissions Representative in the Harvard Admissions Office. I specialise in the American curriculum and US College Counselling, but know and work with the English curriculum as well. ... See Sophia Ohler's tutoring profile
I have always been dedicated to success. In 2015, I graduated from the University of Cambridge with first-class honours in Natural Sciences, and was awarded a number of prestigious prizes for my performance. I then went on to study Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, and was awarded a Distinction for my MSc. More recently, I have moved to London to study law, and will begin my training to be a solicitor in 2018.

During my law studies, I am hoping to fill my free time with tutoring, a pursuit that I really enjoy. Over the past few years I have spent hundreds of hours tutoring, and have loved seeing my pupils become more confident and learn to enjoy their studies. I have also taken part in pro bono tutoring, helping to give less privileged students the same opportunities as those who are more fortunate, and acting as a mentor through their school careers.
... See Elizabeth Bamber's tutoring profile
I graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2012 with a 1st class degree in Natural Sciences and the Cambridge University Physiology Prize for excellence in my written dissertation. Raised in both Princeton, New Jersey and Cambridge, England, I am an expert in the differences between the American and English educational systems as I was accepted as an undergraduate to Harvard, Princeton, MIT, CalTech, and Cambridge. I have been tutoring since 2005 as both a private tutor and in the non-profit sector. ... See Dr Katherine Wiles's tutoring profile