More than ACT tutoring—Our strategy

Portrait Of Female Pupil Studying At Desk In ClassroomACT preparation at Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space in downtown Toronto is taught by real certified teachers with years of experience teaching students one to one, in classrooms, and coaching students in standardized tests. Our teachers have subject specialties, and are highly skilled in not only teaching test strategy, but meeting students at their academic levels.

We maximize preparation time by assessing students’ in-test performance baselines, and planning lessons to address their specific strengths and challenges. Teachers adapt test-taking strategies and the content of lessons to the needs and skills of each student. Our ACT prep is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, as students need to learn the strategies and content that will work best to achieve their personal goals.

ACT students receive:

  • Professional, knowledgeable teaching in a one-to-one or group setting
  • Timed practice tests that simulate the actual ACT experience (RRLS uses official ACT tests)
  • Thorough, in-depth written analyses of practice tests
  • Practice test follow-up consults with the associate director of education
  • 30, 16, or 10 hours of teaching (additional hours can be added to plans)
  • A copy of ‘Princeton Review’s Cracking the ACT study guide, including practice tests and drills
  • Individualized supplementary drills, reference sheets, and practice tests specific to the needs of the student
  • Extensive lessons on common questions that appear on the ACT
  • Personalized test-taking strategies
  • In-class review of practice tests
  • Guided practice essay-writing techniques for the new ACT essay format (as of Fall 2015)
  • Support in time management and organization with ACT/study schedules/school/extracurricular commitments

 

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Test Dates, Locations, and Registration Deadlines

Follow this link to find all ACT dates, testing centres, and deadlines relevant to Toronto students.


ACT Format – Sections, Timing, and Content

SECTION QUESTIONS LENGTH SKILLS/CONTENT
English 75 45 mins Writing Skills:
-Punctuation
-Grammar and usage
-Sentence structure
-Strategy
-Organization
-Style
Math 60 60 mins Math Topics:
-Pre-algebra
-Elementary algebra
-Intermediate algebra
-Coordinate geometry
-Plane geometry
-Trigonometry
Reading 40 35 mins Reading Passage Types:
-Social sciences
-Natural sciences
-Literary narrative or prose fiction
-Humanities

Question Types:
-Main idea
-Author’s tone/mood
-Vocabulary in context
-Details/Inferences
-Compare/Connect/Sequence information

Science 40 35 mins Science Passage Types:
-Data Representation
-Research Summaries
-Conflicting Viewpoints
Writing Test 1 40 mins Essay prompt requires students to
-Evaluate and analyze multiple perspectives
-State and develop a perspective
-Explain the relationship between perspectives

ACT Scoring

English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science sections

  • Multiple choice, 4 answer options/question
  • No penalty for incorrect answers
  • Total scores for each section converted into a ‘scaled score’ from 1-36
  • Average of scaled scores referred to as ‘composite score’

 

Essay Scoring

  • 2 graders
  • Essay graded  1-6 in 4 categories: Ideas and Analysis, Development and Support, Organization, Language Use and Conventions
  • Scores of 2-12 (combined scores of 1-6 from each grader) are given for each category
  • Combined scores (8-48) converted into scaled score (1-36)
  • Writing score does not affect a student’s composite score

 

New Sub-scores: ELA and STEM Scores

ELA(English Language Arts) Score

  • Average of English, Reading, and Writing Scores
  • Must write the optional essay to receive this score

 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Score

  • Average of Math and Science Scores

ACT FAQ

The ACT is a U.S. college admissions exam that measures high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple choice test covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The optional Writing Test measures skill in planning and writing an essay. ACT scores provide an indicator of college readiness, and admissions officers use them as part of a student’s application.
Both the ACT and SAT are used by admissions departments of top American colleges. Tests differ in format and content, and some students prefer writing one or the other. Learn more about the differences here.
High ACT scores can greatly improve students’ chances of acceptance into the American post-secondary institutions they prefer.
Thorough test preparation is vital for ACT success. Students benefit from the practice and review achieved through expert test preparation services, like the one offered by RRLS. Comprehensive test preparation familiarizes students with the exam material and effective test-taking strategies. Test preparation enhances confidence, which gives the applicant an essential competitive edge. If a student enters unprepared, there is a high risk that they will become overwhelmed or frustrated while writing the test, and thus perform poorly.
We hire REAL teachers, who have taught in Ontario and international classrooms. Our teachers are highly experienced in teaching both the ACT and Ontario Curriculum Expectations, and understand the prior knowledge that Toronto students will have when preparing for this American test. Teachers are selected, not only for their skill level, but the ability to relay information in a warm and encouraging manner.
The course is designed for high school students who are planning to attend American post-secondary institutions. Students who need to prepare for the ACT will find this course provides the most up-to-date, detailed, and relevant information for the test. This course is particularly beneficial for students who are intimidated by standardized tests and are unfamiliar with test-taking strategies. We also have significant experience preparing students with learning differences, ADD/ADHD, and Executive Functioning issues.
There will be homework and/or timed practice sections assigned between lessons. Students are strongly advised to review and complete the homework in order to be successful.  Students should discuss their schedules with their learning specialist to devise a homework plan that is realistic and effective, and takes into consideration exams, school assignments, and extra-curricular commitments.
Yes. We offer private, semi-private and group classes. In the case of group classes, we partner with Princeton Review.
Lessons are usually 1-2 hours and are scheduled around a student’s personal timetable and his or her official ACT test date. Students should plan to schedule a minimum of two lesson hours per week.
Private and semi-private classes are held at Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space, 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 504, Toronto. Group classes are held at various Princeton Review locations throughout the GTA.

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