ACT Program FAQ

SAT: Test FAQ | Classes/Tutoring FAQ
ACT: Test FAQ | Classes/Tutoring FAQ


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 date.


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 that understanding.

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 agencies:

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 package?

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 classes?

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.

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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 practice exams.


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 and laughter!


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 Policy.


Do you offer other services for students interested in applying to US colleges?

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.

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