ACT / SAT Prep Options

There are many ACT and SAT test preparation programs and tutors from which to choose.  Some programs are offered online, others are in small group settings, and still others include one-on-one tutoring. Students should choose an option that meets their individual test prep needs, their schedule and their budget.

Totino-Grace is host to an ACT Prep course in Winter/Spring 2018.  This is the only ACT prep course offered on-site at Totino-Grace--and is open only to Totino-Grace students.  The course will prepare students for the April 14 or June 9 ACT test in 2018.  This ACT Prep course is offered by BRIEL ACT PREP--which is staffed by current and former Totino-Grace teachers.  If you have questions about the program, please contact Mary Ellen Briel at or through her website: or contact Mrs. Amy Smith at Totino-Grace at

The ACT Prep course is offered at TG on both Saturdays and Tuesdays.  Cost for the course is $250 and will be applied to your credit card as outlined on the form.  

Students may choose one of these options; each session is limited to 30 students: 

Option 1:  Saturday  February 17 and 24; March 3, 10 and 24; April 7.   Times:  9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Option 2:  Tuesday  February 20 and 27; March 6, 20 and 27; April 3.  Times:  2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Capacity has been reached for both courses. Registration is now closed.

Test Prep Companies and Tutors throughout the Twin Cities 

The following companies and private tutors are some of the many test prep options available in the Twin Cities; most have been recommended to TG by students, teachers or other high schools in the area. Totino-Grace does not endorse any one program, claim personal knowledge of each company or individual, or guarantee test score improvement by using these services.  It is the responsibility of each student/parent to thoroughly research the companies or individuals on this site. 

Contact: 651-738-0149.
Description: ACT and SAT prep. 15-hour Basic Course includes one-on-one tutoring in 10, 1.5 hour sessions. Concentration on skills in math, grammar, reading comprehension, writing and test taking.  Tutoring available in A+ Tutoring offices in Woodbury or in the family home (Parents must be present for in-home sessions.). A 20-hour Deluxe Course is also available for students with weak fundamental skills or who have difficulty studying on their own.  Free initial student/parent consultation. Academic tutoring in many subject areas is also offered.

Contact: Elayne Engler or Alex Theoharides. 952-591-9437. Email:
Description: ACT and SAT prep is available.  Tutoring is formatted to fit an 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.  Some tutors have completed Virtus training. Cost: $75-85 per hour, depending on the number of scheduled sessions.

Contact: or 612-222-5108
Description: ACT, PSAT or SAT small group classes meet for three hours, one time per week, for 4-6 weeks. Classes are held all over the Twin Cities.  Cost: $120 for either ACT or SAT prep, or $210 for both ACT and SAT prep.  Students may repeat the course free of charge.   

Description: This is an online resource available on the official ACT website.  It includes practice test questions taken from previous ACT tests.  This individually paced program helps students get used to the format and avoid surprises on test day.  Cost is $39.95 or FREE to students who qualify for an ACT test fee waiver.

Description: ACT and Kaplan have partnered to offer an interactive virtual classroom experience that delivers engaging online live instruction on ACT test subjects.  Content is delivered in real time by expert instructors, who are also available for support outside classroom hours.  Sessions are recorded and available on demand if a student is unable to attend a live session.  Real questions and sample materials from previous ACT tests are used to help students gain confidence and get comfortable with the format before test day.  Cost is $179.00 or FREE for students who qualify for an ACT test fee waiver.  

Contact: Mary Ann Dorsher and Mary Langfeldt. or 952-322-7722. Email:
Description: More than 3000 students from 95+ high schools in the Twin Cities have benefited from ACT Ready's 6-week program.  Located in Bloomington, their small group classes allow for individualized attention, enabling students to quickly build their testing skills and confidence.  ACT Ready reports that on average, their students achieve gains of 3 to 4 points in their ACT composite scores or approximately 20% in their national percentile rankings. Cost: The sessions offer 6 weekly two-hour small group classes, a Reading/Science skills building class, and a 6th 'bonus/make-up' class, for $595. The fee covers all testing materials, study guides, progress reports and tutoring costs.   There is a $50 non-refundable registration fee. 

Contact: Thore Dosdall. or 320.287.0933 or
Description: Personalized tutoring for college entrance exams. Thore Dosdall offers flexible scheduling and the ease of in-home tutoring, whether in-person or online.  Score increases of 3 to 4 points on the ACT are common with 20-30 hours of instruction.  Thore also provides academic tutoring in math, critical reading, effective writing and study skills.  Cost: 2-hour session = $120 or 1.5 hour session = $95 or 1-hour session = $70. 

Contact: Ron Michalek. or 612-216-5133 or
Description: Based in St. Louis Park, Breakaway specializes in one-on-one ACT and SAT tutoring. Small group classes are also available.  Breakaway works with more than 700 students each year from over 30 schools across the Twin Cities.  Breakaway is pleased to be a partner with Groves Academy with test prep options specifically designed for students with learning differences and attention disorders.  This option includes one-on-one instruction for the ACT with a Groves Academy upper school teacher. Cost for tutoring with a Groves instructor: $115 per hour.  Plus a one-time $100 fee for materials and practice tests.  For cost on all other tutoring and test prep classes, contact Breakaway.

Contact: Mary Ellen Briel (Retired TG teacher). or 651-247-1572 or
Description: One-on-one tutoring that will help students develop test-taking strategies that fit their learning style. Guided practice is given to help reduce test day stress. Flexible scheduling to accommodate school and co-curricular schedules. Tutoring also available in reading, writing, grammar, literature and the college essay.

Description: With an office in Maple Grove, College Tutors provides one-on-one tutoring for all subjects, as well as ACT and SAT tests. Schedules and focus are individualized over a recommended 25 hour schedule.  Three practice tests included, with up to 9 different tests for the avid student. Free ACT/SAT practice tests are available monthly. 

Contact: Rosemary Stalter at or  (612) 825-1896  Website:  The English Tutor
Full service test prep for ACT, SAT or SAT II Subject Tests.  In addition, a speed-reading course entitled SWIFT is offered.  SWIFT is Speed-Reading With Intention, Focus, & Technique.  The SWIFT course can not only help students' reading speed on standardized tests, but with reading speed in all academic subjects in school.  Tutoring is done at the Edina Library or Southdale Library, as well as in a child's home with an additional travel fee.

Description: With locations in Blaine, Maple Grove, Roseville and Plymouth, Huntington prepares students for the demands of the ACT, including test-taking strategies, time management, and academic knowledge using one-on-one instruction.  Most students attend 4-6 hours per week or more, plus homework time. They offer 3 options: 10 hours of instruction plus 4 hours of practice tests; 28 hours of instruction plus 8 hours of practice tests; a Premier program with the duration tailored to your goals.

Contact: or 1-800-KAP-TEST
Description: Kaplan offers many options at locations around the Twin Cities including Coon Rapids, Roseville and the University of Minnesota campus: online courses taught at your own pace, traditional in-class programs taught by expert teachers, unlimited prep programs combining online and in-class preparation, and one-on-one in-person or online tutoring. Free ACT/SAT practice tests are available monthly at many locations around the Twin Cities.

Contact: or 1-866-877-7737
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.

Contact: or 1-877-738-7737
Description: Revolution Prep offers many test prep options including one-on-one tutoring and group classes, both offered either online or in person. Online private tutoring starts at $99 per hour; ACT online group classes are $299; ACT online small group classes are $599; ACT in-person classes are $599. 

Contact: or 1-888-338-2283
Description: With locations in Coon Rapids, Roseville and Maple Grove, Sylvan offers both classroom and small group ACT/SAT prep courses. Students are encouraged to attend all classes in person, but can make up a class online. Sylvan offers affordable monthly payment options.

Description: WyzAnt helps families find high quality, affordable tutors for ACT/SAT prep or any academic subjects.  Tutors offer both in person and online tutoring. Hourly tutoring rates vary by individual tutor and range from $30-$125 per hour.

Description: Students who complete a ZAPS ACT Seminar--and practice the tips and strategies at home--typically raise their ACT scores by 2 to 4 points, and often more. ZAPS offers an in-person, five-hour strategy class or online ACT strategy seminars (live streaming), video classes and tutoring.  The in-person ZAPS ACT prep classes are offered at many locations throughout the Twin Cities, including at many public high schools in the north metro.

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