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Guidance/College & Career - ACT/SAT Test Prep Options

PSAT, ACT, and SAT Test Preparation Organizations

Note: The following companies and private tutors have either submitted their names to BSM or have been recommended by a BSM teacher or parent. BSM does not claim personal knowledge of each company or individual below. It is your responsibility to research the companies or individuals available.

*Denotes an organization that offers free practice tests in the area several times a year 

Note FREE option through Naviance Family Connection: BSM students have access to "Naviance Test Prep" in their Naviance accounts. Naviance Test Prep is paid for by BSM and is a comprehensive test prep option for both the ACT and the SAT. Once students log in to their Naviance account, "Naviance Test Prep" is on the left-hand sidebar of the homepage.


A+ Tutoring Service, Ltd.
Contact:  Marilyn Aspen, aplusrecords@aol.com, Edina: 952-953-8157 or 651-738-0149  http:/www.aplustutoringserviceLtd.com
Description: A+ Tutoring service provides ACT and SAT tutoring in small groups and one to one either in Woodbury, Edina, MN or in home.  More than 230 tutors available, most are teachers, or retired teachers.

Academic College Prep Services 
Contact: JohnLSwanson@gmail.com or 763-417-0659 or 612-202-7336
Description: Sherry Swanson (former teacher), Jacqueline Moldenhauer (U of M engineering graduate), John Swanson (Master of Science), Nancy Thimsen (Master of Education). Experts in PSAT, ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Test preparation with more than 20 years of college prep tutoring. Overcome test anxiety, become better organized, improve high school grades, and much more. Ask for our four-year college preparation guidelines based on our extensive experience. We're located near I-394, Highway 55 and Country Road 73 in Plymouth.

Academic Tutoring and Testing, Inc.
Contact: Elayne Engler, M.A. 952-591-9437 or www.acatutor.com
Description: ACT and SAT prep is available. Tutoring is formatted to fit the individual student's needs. Students can meet with tutors as many times as they feel necessary. This tutoring service works well with students of all ability levels, including students who have ADD/ADHD or learning disabilities. Tutors with virtus training available to tutor at BSM upon request.

Achieve Academics 

Contact Jennifer Paidosh, Owner & Director, 763-559-8378 www.achieveacademics.com.  https://www.facebook.com/AchieveAcademicsMn

Description: Achieve Academics help students in our community achieve their personal best in course work and college admissions exams. We offer comprehensive and customized 1:1, semi-private and small group ACT test prep programs. With the help of Master and PhD tutors, we’ve assisted more than 500 local students achieve their academic goals, BSM students included. Achieve Academics is proud to be a 3 time donor to the BSM Auction – A Knight for All Seasons and an active advertiser in sport programs.

This journey is about you and your student, not Achieve Academics and we will do what it takes to assist your student realize their academic goals, no matter where that takes them! BSM references are available upon request. Please Contact Us for a complimentary parent meeting atwww.achieveacademics.com/contactus/ or sign up your student for  a practice test at http://www.achieveacademics.com/practice-test-sign-up/

Advantage Educational Program
Contact: Gary Campbell, advantage@advantageprep.net, www.AdvantagePrep.net or 612-222-5108.
Description: ACT small group classes meet for three hours, one time per week, for 4-6 weeks. Classes are held all over the Twin Cities area. Cost: $140 for ACT. Students may repeat the course free of charge. Registration available online.

ACT Online Prep
Contact: www.actstudent.org
Description: Act prep accessible anytime, anywhere includes (1) Diagnostic test, (2) practice tests, essays with real-time scoring, comprehensive content review for each of the four required tests.
Cost: $24.95 for one year.  Include access for a singer user.

ACT Ready
Contact: Mary Ann Dorsher and Mary Langfeldtwww.actready.net or 612-250-8122/952-322-7722 or info@actready.net
Description: More than 3,200 students of all academic abilities from 86 metro high schools have benefited from ACT Ready's reasonably-priced, 6-week program.  Located in SW Minneapolis, our small group classes allow for individualized attention, enabling students to quickly build their testing skills and confidence.  On average, our students achieve gains of 3 to 4 points in their ACT composite scores or approximately 20% in their national percentile rankings.

Alberts ​ACT ​Tutoring​/Yellow Parachute
Contact: Brenda Alberts, Master Tutor at brenda.alberts.mn@gmail.com or 612-581-1425
Description: Private ​1-to-1 
tutoring near BSM​, at Benilde with school approval​, or in the western suburbs (Wayzata, Orono, etc).​  ​A hand-picked small group of veteran ​t​utors with ​comprehensive knowledge of both the ACT and SAT.  ​Familiarity with BSM curriculum. Fees $105/hr - $135/hr; all curriculum is customized.  We work around your student's schedule. ​

Ann Cadwallader ACT/SAT Tutoring
Contact: ann@myuniversitycoach.com 952-237-0079
Description: Former teacher at Groves Academy, been "in business" 23 years, will coach students with LD and students whose 1st language is not English.  She has worked with BSM students.

Aspire Instruction
Personalized, in-person tutoring for college entrance exams. Thore has helped diverse students reach their potential, including a number of 9 point score increases on the ACT. Aspire Instruction strives to strengthen core academic competencies, study skills, and test taking strategies, so the tutoring benefits students long past the test date.
Contact: Thore Dosdall, 320-287-0933, aspireinstruction.com

Breakaway College Test Prep 
The Twin Cities’ leading provider of one-on-one test preparation services for high school students who aspire to attend selective colleges and universities nationwide.  Breakaway provides comprehensive, individualized ACT, SAT and PSAT test preparation to students throughout the metropolitan area.  Our proven test prep curriculum has helped make Breakaway the exclusive test prep partner of the Blake School and the Breck School.  In addition, together with Groves Academy, Breakaway offers the only test preparation service designed especially for students with learning issues, such as dyslexia, and attention disorders, such as ADHD.  Founded by Benilde parent, Ron Michalak, Breakaway is pleased to offer full-length, proctored practice ACT and SAT tests nearly every weekend of the year.

Want to know how your student would do on an ACT or SAT? Visit www.breakawaytestprep.com to sign up for a free practice test and find out, or contact Ron Michalak at ron@breakawaytestprep.com or 612-216-5133 to learn more. 

Club Z in home tutoring services for PSAT, SAT and ACT
Contact: www.clubztutoring.com or 952-404-2414
Description: Club Z offers individualized, in-home attention with the same tutor for each session. They offer customized practice focusing on areas that need improvement. There is a 10-hour prep program or a 20-hour prep program.

*College Tutors – Edina Learning Center and Excelsior Learning Center
Contact: Genna Fritz http://www.collegetutors.com/edinamn  or 952-285-7667.
Description: College Tutors provides one-on-one tutoring for all subjects including math, science, AP and IB courses as well as ACT, SAT and PSAT preparation. Since 2004 our students have consistently improved their scores. We average a 4 point increase, with as many as 6 – 8 points for students with pretest scores in the 20's. Our tutors have scored in the 98th percentile or above and excel in imparting knowledge and strategies for optimum results. Schedules and focus are individualized over a recommended 25 hour schedule. 3 practice tests included, with up to 9 different tests for the avid student. Free ACT/SAT practice tests are available each Saturday. Contact us for dates and to register.

Doorway to College Foundation: Zaps Focused Test Prep
Contact: www.doorwaytocollege.com or call 1-877-927-8378 for locations of seminars
Description: ACT or SAT group classes are offered at multiple locations in the Twin Cities area. Register for a Saturday, 5-hour seminar or webinar, or two-2 1/2 hour sessions. Approximate cost: $89.00  See website for additional test prep resources.

*Hennepin County Library

Contact: www.hclib.org
Description: To access FREE ACT/SAT/PSAT/AP practice tests:
1. go to www.hclib.org"
2. Click on "Online Resources"
3. Scroll down to "Learning Express Library"
4. Register (enter a username and password)
5. A page will pull up with all kinds of practice exams. AP practice exams are the first group to come up. Practice ACT and SAT exams show up next.
6. Click on an exam, and follow directions.

Homeworks for Students, Inc.
Contact:  www.homeworksforstudents.com
Sara Dodge 612-871-2043.
Description: Private one-on-one in-home tutoring tailored to your student's specific needs. LD certified teachers are available. K-college, all academic subjects, ACT/SAT/PSAT. Now introducing Strategyworks, organization and study skills to help your student achieve academic independence. Locally owned and operated since 2003.

Huntington Learning Center
Contact:  www.huntingtonlearning.com
Plymouth - Amy Servi 763-542-0005
Description: We offer individualized programs with one-on-one instruction in the areas of reading, writing, math, study skills, PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP Exams and individual school subject areas in our accredited center. Our scheduling is flexible and we offer an array of payment options, including financing.  

Irlen Testing
Contact Leslie Held: 952-920-5376, Irlen.com
A one-time assessment that addresses underlying visual perceptual difficulties that contribute to reading/learning difficulties, headaches, light sensitivity and attention issues.  With the help of Irlen overlays many of these difficulties are improved.  The Irlen overlays are an approved accommodation on ACT/SAT and state testing. 

*Ivy Bound Test Prep
Contact: www.ivybound.net or call 1-877-975-1600 or info@ivybound.net or msg@ivybound.net
Description: Private tutoring or instruction for a group of 4 or more students (long term or short term); tutoring can be done at a local place determined by participants. Free SAT practice tests are offered. Tutoring is available for the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests and college prep.  Additional tutoring is available for all high school academic subject areas.  Hourly rates available.  Speed reading course for improved speed and retention. 

K-12 Learning Solutions
Goal based instruction with tutors who are selected specifically for students based on their needs after an initial phone interview.  Flexible scheduling is offered.  

 *Kaplan Test Prep
Contact: 1-800-KAP-TEST or www.kaptest.com/college
Description: Prep Courses for PSAT, ACT or SAT are offered. Options include classroom courses, online courses and private tutoring.  Call 1-800-KAP-TEST for information on any of Kaplan's test prep options. Click on the link "Find a Free Event" for information about free practice tests in the Twin Cities area.

Kay Tutoring
Kay Tutoring offers 1x1 academic course tutoring and test prep.  Their mission is to help students achieve academic independence and success by teaching them a new vision and approach to their education.  Test prep starts with a baseline test and then a customized plan.  Tutors are often teachers with a Master's degree or higher.
Contact: Andrea Kay at 612-807-2525 or www.kaytutoring.com 

Contact: www.KnowHow2GoWisconsin.org
Description: FREE, online test prep for any student.

Magna Test Prep
Contact:  https://www.magnatestprep.com
High intensity group "ACT Camps" and in-home tutoring with a focus on hard work and goal achievement.  Led by Benilde-St. Margaret's alum, Robert Duffy.
Description: in home test prep

Magoosh Online Test Prep
Contact: https://act.magoosh.com/ 
Online test prep resource: $99 for 6 months and $89 for 3 months, includes lesson and explanation videos, online friendly support.  

Nancy Thimsen - ACT Test Prep Tutor
Contact: nthimsen@comcast.net or 612-281-1468 
Description: Teacher/Tutor since 1977.

Peterson's Test Prep GuidanceNet
Contact: www.petersons.com or support@petersons.com or 877-837-8773
Description: Online courses are available for PSAT, ACT, SAT and Military entrance tests.

*Princeton Review
Contact: www.PrincetonReview.com or 1-888-955-4600
Description: PSAT, ACT and SAT prep courses are available. Options include classroom courses, online courses or private tutoring.
Free practice tests and strategy sessions are available for students at various locations throughout the Twin Cities.

Revolution Prep
Description: Revolution Prep offers many test prep options, allowing students the easiest, most convenient, and most affordable tutoring yet. Revolution’s Distinguished Tutors help students improve college readiness, academic skills, and score higher on standardized tests. Your child will never be "just a number" to us. 
Website: www.revolutionprep.com

SAT Online Test Prep
Contact: www.sat.collegeboard.com/practice
Description: Accessible anywhere, anytime, official SAT online course provides built-in study guide, includes free practice questions, 18 lessons, 10 practice tests with availability to take online or on paper. Cost: $69.95

*Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.

Contact: www.sylvanlearning.com or Burnsville - 952-435-6603, Edina - 952-831-5351, Maple Grove - 763-494-9676, Minnetonka - 952-544-6253 or Chaska - 952-466-3838
Description: ACT and SAT classroom and small group courses are available. Students are offered flexible scheduling to complete all the required coursework for the program. Cost:  We offer a flexible student loan program and affordable monthly payment options.

The English Tutor
Contact: www.theenglishtutorllc.com or 612-825-1896 or Rosemary Stalter at rosemary@theenglishtutorllc.com
Description: Tutors provide one-on-one or shared tutoring experiences with students of similar cognitive ability. All tutors specializing in ACT & SAT prep have had specific training in those tests because preparing students for the ACT or SAT is very different from teaching a specific content area. Tutors specialize in other areas beyond English. The sessions are generally held in Edina, Southdale or Linden Hills libraries.

Thomas Lamosse ACT tutor/teacher Junior Genius mentoring program

Contact: www.minnesotaacttutoring.com or 952-217-0353 info@minnesotaacttutoring.com
Description: Thomas Lamosse ACT tutor/teacher with 18 years experience teaching ACT prep.  Thomas is also the creator of the largest ACT video tutorial website on the internet. One price will get your student through as many ACT exams as he/she need to take. 14 hours of 1-1 private tutoring, 2 group timed practice tests and free "reprep."

Wendy Engel Math/English Tutor for ACT/SAT/PSAT
Contact: 952-933-6813; blakemom@msn.com
Description: Ms. Engel works with individuals or small group for day or evening appointments. Summer 8-hour PSAT class offered in August. BSM references available upon request.

University of Minnesota
Contact: Dr. Ernest Davenport 612-624-1040 or Mr. Gareth Phillips 612-626-1662; or email: actsat@umn.edu
Description: Free 10-week ACT/SAT review class targeted to minority and female high school students. Space is limited, attendance is mandatory.  Class generally starts second or third Saturday in January. Quinton Love: 612-626-1662.

2501 Highway 100 South, St. Louis Park, MN 55416     952-927-4176