ACT Program FAQ
SAT: Test FAQ | Classes/Tutoring
ACT: Test FAQ | Classes/Tutoring
What are the class sizes?
Class sizes are typically 5-10 students. In addition to our primary instructor
in class, we provide additional support with teacher assistants who help students
periodically with tailored one-on-one help. Please follow this link for a
current list of ACT courses.
How is Ivy Global different than other schools?
Ivy Global differentiates itself from other schools in that our instructors
have scored in the 99th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT. Additionally,
we only select teachers with strong academic backgrounds or credentials from
top universities. Ivy Global is committed to offering a uniquely-tailored
program. Our small class sizes allow instructors to teach the classes to meet
each student’s unique needs.
Who are your instructors?
We hand-pick instructors who combine high-academic achievement with a passion
for teaching. Many of our instructors are graduates of top US colleges and
experts in writing and teaching standardized tests. Meet some of our instructors
and tutors here.
What if I miss a class session?
We highly encourage students not to miss any classes. However, if you have to, please call in to discuss your options with us. This will be by a case-by-case basis up to the discretion of Ivy Global. Refunds will not be given.
Do classes run on holidays?
Unless otherwise noted, classes that are scheduled through a national holiday
will run on that day.
When and how can I sign up for a course?
Click here to view
our course schedule. In order to ensure a space in our classes, we generally
recommend you sign up for courses at least one month in advance of the start
When is payment for the course required?
We require payment for a course within 5 business days of your online registration
in order to secure your space in the class.
Can I sample a class?
Students can arrange to drop in and observe one session of a currently running
course in their location, as long as this is authorized by our office. Please
call to schedule.
Do I get to choose my tutor?
We try to accommodate the student's request but the match depends heavily
on the student's and the tutor's schedule. Regardless, we can assure you that
our tutors are experienced, have exceptional academic credentials and a deep
commitment to seeing their students succeed.
How much homework is given for each class? What if I am unable to
complete all the assignments and homework?
The amount of homework assigned varies for each course, but in all cases
there is significant flexibility. The instructor will always assign a “bare
minimum” amount of homework with additional work optional. If a student
is unable to complete the “bare minimum” work before class, the
instructor will work with the student to devise a catch-up schedule. We understand
the hectic nature of the student life, and our instructors and courses reflect
What makes Ivy Global's program so unique? What makes it more effective
than other programs?
There are several factors that distinguish Ivy Global from other test prep
Teacher quality: Our instructors are knowledgeable, experienced,
and committed to helping students maximize their test scores.
Individualized approach: Our classes are customized according
to the needs of every student. At too many prep agencies, instructors rely
on scripted material. Our instructors engage directly with students, answering
questions and responding to concerns as they arise. Our prep programs offer
flexible homework assignments to suit students with varying schedules.
Close teacher-student rapport: Our instructors gain a
deep understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, and personality of each
student. This understanding allows the instructor to shape the class according
to the needs of students.
Selective prep material: The prep books and practice tests
employed in our classes are chosen after a rigorous evaluative process.
Unlike many other test prep agencies, which utilize material from only one
source, we use the best materials available from all sources.
Real practice tests: Many other test prep agencies utilize
unrealistic practice tests that have not been written or approved by the
actual test-makers. Our courses rely on real practice tests from the test-makers.
What is the ACT?
The ACT is a standardized college entrance exam. The test covers the following
subject areas: English grammar, math, reading, science, and writing (which
is optional). The majority of American colleges accept either the ACT or SAT.
See below for more information about the ACT (and how it compares to the SAT).
Should I take the SAT or ACT?
Previously, the ACT was the test preferred by colleges in the midwestern
United States, while the SAT was preferred by schools on the east and west
coasts as well as in the northeast. However, an increasing number of schools
are now accepting the ACT; in fact, at present, the majority of colleges in
the United States will accept the ACT in lieu of the SAT.
This is excellent news for students, who can now choose between these two
distinct tests in accordance with their particular skills. Here are some ways
in which the two tests differ:
- Unlike the SAT, the ACT test includes a science section.
- Unlike the ACT, the SAT has a guessing penalty.
- Unlike the SAT, the ACT tests trigonometry.
- The vocabulary on the SAT is more difficult than that on the ACT.
Ultimately, the best way to tell which test is better for you is to try writing
each test. Of course, before you commit to either the ACT or SAT, check the
application material from your schools of interest to ensure that they accept
the test you plan to take.
Should I take an ACT class or private tutoring?
Both our ACT classes and private ACT
tutoring services offer thorough preparation in terms of the strategy
and substance of the ACT. The private tutoring option is best suited for those
who work best in a one-on-one context. These students might include those
with special learning needs or those who want to focus on only one of the
five sections of the ACT. The class option is an excellent choice for those
who enjoy the classroom environment. Teamwork, friendly competition, and laughter
are important aspects of our classes.
If I need ACT tutoring, do I need to sign-up for the complete tutoring
No. We offer tutoring per session in addition to the complete tutoring package.
We recommend tutoring per session for those students who are unsure about
how many sessions they need and also want to just try out tutoring to see
if it might be effective for them.
What are the main differences between Ivy Global's different ACT
At Ivy Global, we offer two types of classes: the intensive three-week summer
course (60 hours) and the crash course (24 hours).
Our three-week summer course provides intensive and thorough coverage of
the ACT test content and strategy. The class will review the math, reading,
grammar, writing, and data interpretation concepts tested by the ACT. Students
are given ample opportunities to practice their new knowledge. Daily homework
assignments are given, with flexible options provided to students with less
free time. There are typically 5-10 students per class.
The Crash Course provides a condensed overview of test content and strategy.
The class will review the math, reading, grammar and data interpretation concepts
tested by the ACT. Students will also be introduced to the most effective
test-taking methods. Guided by the instructor, students will discuss and develop
longer-term study schedules to structure their test preparation after the
end of the course.
Learn more about our classes.
Will the student be taking practice exams during classes?
Yes. Experiencing the test under accurate test conditions is an integral
element of test preparation. In each of our classes, students take practice
exams and also write a substantial number of practice sections in true test
conditions. Our longer courses (the three-week summer courses) offer more
What is a typical class like?
A typical class consists of a combination of lecture-based explanation, individual
practice sections, and collaborative discussion. Our small classes make it
possible for teachers to respond directly to student concerns about particular
questions or concepts. Our instructors maintain a relaxed atmosphere. A typical
class ends with our famous vocabulary game, fueled by friendly competition
Will students lose the information between the course and the test?
It is certainly vital for students to review course material after the course
has ended until the date of the test. However, in general we recommend that
students take the course early in their test prep schedule, to allow for maximum
time to practice strategies and test-taking techniques. Students may find
that they can continue to improve upon their weaknesses by reviewing, drilling,
and writing additional practice tests while utilizing the strategies they’ve
learned in our prep courses.
My son or daughter needs particular help with one section of the
ACT. Does your program address individual needs?
All of our ACT prep classes strive to respond to the particular needs of
our students. The instructors are trained to maximize class time according
to the individual student's strengths and weaknesses.
Nonetheless, for a student who has truly mastered a few of the sections of
the ACT (English, Mathematics, Reading, Science Reasoning and Writing), one-on-one
ACT tutoring may be the optimal choice.
What if I need more help after an ACT class?
We recommend taking one-on-one private ACT tutoring
sessions if you need additional help. This provides a tailored curriculum
for the areas you need particular help with.
What is your registration and cancellation policy?
We do offer partial refunds for cancellations made at least 1 week prior
to the class start. For refunds involving any of our services, a 5% administration
fee will be applied. View Full
Do you offer other services for students interested in applying to
In addition to our ACT prep program, we also offer education consulting services.
Our consulting services are comprised of both long-term strategic consulting
(for younger students) and also application packaging (for senior high school
students commencing the college application process.)
See here for more
information about our consulting services.