ACT

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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ACT

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

ACT Tutoring at with Wentworth Tutors

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.

English

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.

Mathematics

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.

Reading

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!

Science

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.

Writing

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.

ACT maths | Oliver Jackson

"The feedback from Oliver has been really helpful. We are all feeling more relaxed and confident for Jack to take the ACT next weekend, as Jack now understands the maths problems more fully. Thank you Oliver! " ... See Oliver Jackson'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 profiles of our ACT Tutors can be found on our dedicated tutors page, where you can filter by subject.

I graduated from Stanford University in 2014 with a degree in Human Biology -- my area of concentration is Cultural Neuroscience, an interdisciplinary field combining anthropology, psychology, and neurobiology. Though I majored in Human Biology, I also excelled in all my other courses (English, math, chemistry), earning above a 4.0 upon graduation. After university, I taught in the Human Biology department at Stanford, teaching courses such as Human Evolution, Child Psychology and Development, and Health and Environmental Policy. For the past two years, I have been working at a customer experience tech start-up, and I am now pursuing an MA in Service Design at the Royal College of Art. ...
I have experience teaching a range of ages, both privately part-time and in full time employment as a teacher at Hurstpierpoint College, where I worked for a year before starting my degree at Oxford University. I have a particular interest in entrance into the UK's top schools and Universities, teaching 11 plus, Common Entrance, and preparing students for Oxbridge. I am aided by a detailed understanding of UK independent schools as well as experience preparing for the American education system at ISEE and SSAT level in particular. I have delivered private tuition to children between 5 and 20 years. I find tutoring immensely rewarding and particularly enjoy the focused nature of assisting an individual with their academic goals. ...
Caitlin is currently in her final year of Kings college London Graduate medical school. She has been working for Wentworth since 2015 focusing on US school and college admissions. She is a dual (US and UK) citizen who graduated with a BA in Neurobiology and Anthropology from Harvard University in 2015. In Harvard, she worked for Veritas Education for 2 years and travelled to China to work as both a teacher and US college consultant. She also tutored children with Autism throughout college. Researching and teaching children who have learning difficulties is one of her main interests. Before Harvard she completed her GCSE's and A-levels (Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Geography) in the UK. Alongside her final year of A-levels she completed the SAT and SAT II exams and went through the US college application process alongside her UK UCAS application. She is well versed in the various US entrance exams and the US application process. ...
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. ...
After passing the 11+ I attended a Grammar School where I achieved 9 A*s and 2As at GCSE, followed by 4 A*s at A Level in Economics, English Literature, Biology and Religious Studies. I received a First Class degree at the University of Bath in Business Administration and joined McKinsey & Co. as a consultant on graduation.

I am a soon-to-be ICF qualified Life Coach and consequently enjoy coupling my deep and effective understanding of how to achieve the high grades students desire, with a holistic approach to their success as an individual. ...
I recently completed my Natural Sciences degree at Christ's College Cambridge, where for my first two years I read maths, physics, and chemistry. In my final year I received the second highest First in the university in history and philosophy of science. Before Cambridge I went to Oundle School, a private boarding school in Northamptonshire.

After a stint working at the Cabinet Office I am now conducting freelance policy research. My timetable is flexible and essentially self-managed, giving me lots of time to tutor outside of my other work.

I have now been tutoring for over eight years. I primarily teach maths, physics, and chemistry at UK GCSE and A level, but have recently begun more intensive tutoring for the USA ACTs, SATs, and PSATs. ...
I was born and raised in the United Kingdom and won an academic scholarship to Sherborne School at the age of 13. When I was 16 years old my family relocated to the United States, so I completed my secondary education at a competitive high school in the Houston area. After quickly adjusting to the American system, I achieved excellent results in my AP exams and SAT tests and received a place in the prestigious Plan II Honours program at the University of Texas at Austin. I graduated a year early with high honours, a second major in History, and an undergraduate dissertation that was awarded special honours. I have years of experience tutoring for the SAT and ACT exams and experience teaching the American public school curriculum in the humanities. I specialize in preparing international students wishing to attend university in the United States. ...
I was brought up in Paris and moved to London to study at Imperial College, where I obtained a Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Theoretical Physics with High First Class honours. My research focused on the way in which alternative logic systems can help us bridge the gap between quantum mechanics and relativity. I was awarded Associateship of the Royal College of Science.

Although I am a science specialist, I also have a strong background in English and Verbal Reasoning. I sat the GRE in 2016 for entrance to US Grad School and got exceptionally good grades (Verbal Reasoning - 99th percentile, Analytical Writing - 93rd percentile).

Since 2011, I have offered private tuition for all major examination boards as well as working for the Imperial College summer schools. ...
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. ...
I am a recent graduate of the University of Oxford, where I received a first-class MPhil in Politics. At Oxford, I was a Rhodes Scholar at New College, and I served as Tutor in politics at Keble College. Prior to my arrival in the United Kingdom, I attended Brown University, where I double-majored in history and economics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Following graduation in 2014, I spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, I am fluent in both American and British education systems — and have a passion for education, more broadly. My areas of expertise are maths, history, Spanish, College Counselling and preparation across the board. ...