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Master the ACT

Smash the test and strengthen your candidacy for top US universities.

Why Crimson ACT tutoring?

Our tutors all achieved exceptional ACT scores and have undergone extensive teacher training to ensure they are equipped to help you learn.

Not only will your tutor guide you academically but they will inspire you to replicate their success. Your tutor has achieved what you are now setting out to achieve: admission into a top US university.

Your personalised study program is designed to ensure you get the right attention, exactly where you need it.

Your ACT tutor will set goals for you and ensure you meet them with regular assessments and one-on-one sessions.

ACT Exam Explained

US universities use the American College Test (ACT) as an alternative to the SAT to assess your college readiness.

The ACT is divided into four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science. Like the SAT, there is also an optional essay component.

In total, the ACT is two hours and 55 minutes long (or three hours and 35 minutes long with the essay section).

The exam is offered seven times a year in the US and typically five times for international students, depending on the country.

What is a good ACT score?

All four sections of the ACT are scored separately and are combined to give you a final score out of 36. The essay is not part of the combined score and instead is a seperate score out of 12.

If you dream of going to an Ivy League university, you’ll need to score above a 32 to have a good chance of getting in.

Extremely selective universities such as MIT and Stanford look for even higher ACT scores than some Ivy Leagues but other good universities, such as UCLA and UC Berkeley, are more lenient.

How does technology improve your chances?

The biggest difference between the ACT and the SAT is time. The ACT is basically designed for you not to finish the exam, while the SAT allows more time per question.

Two other key differences are the science section in the ACT, and the ability to use a calculator in the maths section (in the SAT - no calculator).

Ultimately, you should sit the test that plays to your strengths. If you’re a science whiz, sit the ACT. The SAT works for people who are good with numbers on-the-fly.

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Gain access to a world-class network of more than 2,000 tutors and mentors, who can only join the Crimson family if they’re in the 95th percentile in their expert area. Work with the finest minds in the world and reach for your best-possible future.
Lori
Yale University

Lori is a chemistry major and premedical student at Yale University. She scored a 5 on 7 different AP subject tests and a 2370 on the SAT Reasoning Test and 800 in SAT Subject Chemistry, Latin, and Mathematics Level 2.

Michaela Kane
Harvard College

Michaela studies at Harvard College, majoring in statistics. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. She also scored a 2360 on the SAT Reasoning Test and a 800 on the SAT English Literature Subject Test.

Melissa Li
Princeton

Melissa scored top marks in many US standardized exams, including a perfect 36 on the ACT and 800 on SAT Subject Literature, Math Level 2, and Chemistry exams, as well as a 2350 on the SAT Reasoning exam.

June Lee
Swarthmore College

June scored a 35 on the ACT exam and top marks on various AP and SAT Subject tests, helping her to gain admission into Swarthmore College with a full scholarship.

Jacky Ye
Swarthmore College

Jacky scored a 35 on the ACT and increased his SAT Reasoning score 400 points to a 2300. He is currently a student with a full scholarship at Swarthmore College.

Nick Curran
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Nick is a recent Mathematics graduate from Duke University, and is now studying at The University of Illinois College of Medicine. He scored a 5 in 5 AP classes and a 34 on the ACT. He also received a perfect 800 on the Math Level 2 SAT Subject Test.

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