ACT Tutoring

Making the Grade, LLC will be offering ACT Prep classes for Math, English, Reading, Science as well as a real life ACT test setting throughout the entire year! Click the box below to register for Making the Grade, LLC’s ACT Programs!


    Who can keep up with all those facts and figures? Not to mention geometry! And then you add in the letters…it gets complicated. Shape up and get your “ACT” together with our ACT Math Camps! We will be breaking down the components of the ACT over a course of four to six weeks and working out ACT problems together. The best part is exposure to a real life ACT setting – you can’t beat that!

  • ACT English

    Misplace a modifier? Splice your comma? Does grammar have you all tongue-tied? Speak now or forever hold your peace! Our three to four week ACT English Camp will cover all you need to know about the English portion of the test, including mechanics, grammar usage and rhetorical skills. Don’t find yourself at a loss for words when you’re taking your ACT!

  • ACT Reading & Science

    Reading and science lumped together? Believe it or not the reading and science sections of the ACT use a similar set of skills to complete. This three to four week course will cover the skills necessary to effectively complete the reading and science sections. Skills taught in this course will include inference, analysis and synthesis. Come join us as we explore, hypothesize and generally help you master these two seemingly unrelated sections.


    The Writing portion of the ACT can be the section that scares most students. It doesn’t have to be. We’ll teach you how to format your thoughts on any given subject by producing an outline and then filling it in with supportive data. Writing well is simply about following rules and we’ll teach you how to do just that!

The digital ACT is here

You now have a choice between testing formats: paper & pencil or online testing.

Digital ACT

What’s staying the same?

Everything you know about the ACT is staying the same whether you test using paper or test on a computer. The length of the ACT will also be the same regardless of test format. And your score reports aren’t changing either.

How do I take an online ACT test?

If you select “Computer” during registration, you will be able to find test centers that are offering the online ACT test. These centers will provide the devices for you to test with; you will not be able to bring or use your personal device to take the ACT.

Can I test at home on my own device or at another location?

No. The online ACT is not available as a “remote” exam and must be taken on a test center-managed device at your chosen test center.

Can I still bring a calculator?

Yes. You will still be able to bring your own approved calculator to the test center, regardless of your test format. If you are taking the online test, you will also have access to the calculator that is built into the platform.

ACT Test Dates

Registration Deadline: September 22

Registration Deadline: November 3

Registration Deadline: January 5

Registration Deadline: March 8

Registration Deadline: May 3

Registration Deadline: June 7

  • More ACT Tests

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ACT Test Outline

The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. The four multiple-choice sections contain 215 questions and take 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete. After the mathematics test, You will be given a 15-minute break.

If you  take the optional writing test you will have 40 minutes to complete the essay and will receive an additional 5-minute break before the writing portion begins.


Number of questions: 75

Time allotted: 45 minutes

Measures: Your ability to make decisions to revise and edit short texts and essays in different genres.

Production of Writing (29-32%)

Knowledge of Language (15-17%)

Conventions of Standard English (52-55%)

Scores range from 1 (Low) to 36 (High)


Number of questions: 60

Time allotted: 60 minutes

Measures: The mathematical skills you have typically acquired in courses up to the beginning of grade 12.

Preparing for higher math (57-60%)

  • Number & Quantity (7–10%)
  • Algebra (12–15%)
  • Functions (12–15%)
  • Geometry (12–15%)
  • Statistics & Probability (8–12%)

Integrating essential skills (40-43%)



Number of questions: 40

Time allotted: 35 minutes

Measures: Your ability to read closely, reason logically about texts using evidence, and integrate information from multiple resources.

Key ideas and details (52-60%)

Craft and structure (25-30%)

Integration of knowledge and ideas (13-23%)


Number of questions: 40

Time allotted: 35 minutes

Measures: The interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning and problem-solving skills required in biology, chemistry, Earth/space sciences and physics.

Interpretation of data (40-50%)

Scientific investigation (20-30%)

Evaluation of Models, inferences, and experimental results (25-35%)


Number of prompts: 1

Time allotted: 40 minutes

Measures: The optional writing section measures writing skills taught in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.

You will receive a total of five scores for this test: a single subject-level writing score reported on a range of 2-12, and four domain scores, also 2-12, that are based on an analytic scoring rubric. The subject-level score will be the rounded average of the four domain scores. The four domain scores are: Ideas and Analysis, Development and Support, Organization, and Language Use and Conventions.

How Schools Use Your ACT Score



As a college entrance exam, higher education institutions are looking at scores to help predict class profiles and overall academic success, and to address other factors needed during admissions and enrollments, including:

Results from the ACT, high school grades, academic preparation, out-of-class accomplishments, and future plans—these and other kinds of information help admissions officials identify applicants who can benefit most from their programs.

Colleges usually try to take into account individual strengths and weaknesses as they place students in first-year courses. For example, a college may offer three sections of a subject—developmental, regular, and advanced. A student’s results on the ACT, academic background, and high school grades might be used to determine which section would be most appropriate.

College academic advisors may consider results on the ACT, high school academic program, high school grades, planned extracurricular activities, areas in which there is a need for assistance, and part-time employment plans to tailor an appropriate program of study to a student.

Some scholarship and loan agencies may use results from the ACT information such as high school grades to identify qualified candidates. However, the agencies may not look at academic potential alone. The ACT score report provides information about a student’s educational needs, extracurricular achievements, and educational plans. This information, along with high school grades and test scores, helps the agencies evaluate applications for scholarships, loans, and other financial assistance.



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