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Fast-Track Your ACT or SAT Prep

  • 29th July 2019
  • Lauren Bachelder

If you’re a junior or senior in high school who needs to fast track your ACT or SAT prep, it’s not too late to squeeze in summer studying. Let our expert tutors help you create a game plan before the school year starts and your schedule becomes crazy busy!


Here’s how to get back on track:

  1. Let us match you with an Apollo Tutor who is an ACT or SAT expert!
    At Apollo, we provide a personalized, simple, and successful game plan to tackle standardized tests. Book an Apollo Tutor who is an expert in test-taking and who can meet your individual learning style and needs!
  2. Set your goal test date
    “How late can you wait to test?” you may ask. It depends. You should look up application deadlines for all of the colleges that are on your target list, and ensure that you have ample time to both take the test and receive your score. As a general rule, for “Early Action” or “Early Decision,” you must take the ACT by October of your senior year (at the very latest) and the SAT by November. For regular decision, take the ACT by February of your senior year and the SAT by January. To set your test-taking schedule, check out these lists of college application deadlines, SAT dates, and ACT dates.
  3. Set Your Score Goals
    • What’s your diagnostic score?
      Before you start studying, take a full practice SAT or ACT under realistic timing and conditions to benchmark your current abilities. Find a practice ACT here, and practice SAT here, and afterwards compare your scores with this percentile chart!
    • What is the average ACT/SAT score of the students accepted into your target colleges?
      Check the score listings on the websites of the colleges on your list to determine what scores you need to make the cut! You can also use this online tool by College AI to calculate your chance of acceptance, using your GPA and goal test score. (Don’t forget that a school’s listed scores are just averages, and it’s possible to “write your way in” to your dream college with a stellar application essay and resume!)
    • How much can you raise your score?

      • 0-1 point improvement: 0 hours
      • 1-2 point improvement: 20 hours
      • 2-4 point improvement: 40 hours
      • 4-6 point improvement: 80 hours
      • 6-9 points improvement: 150+ hours


      • 0-30 point improvement: 10 hours
      • 30-70 point improvement: 20 hours
      • 70-130 point improvement: 40 hours
      • 130-200 point improvement: 80 hours
      • 200-330 point improvement: 150+ hours

    Don’t know whether to take the ACT or SAT? We have a blog that covers that that too!

  4. Use your score goals to make a study plan
    A standard package of 12-16 one-on-one tutoring hours usually yields 3-5 points of improvement on the ACT and 100-140 points of improvement on the SAT! What are you waiting for? Book an Apollo Tutor Now!