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ACT Preparation

Now considered the most popular college entrance exam in the country, the ACT tests students on material associated with the standard high school curriculum. Divided into four sections—English, math, reading, science—the ACT embodies two hours and fifty-five minutes of actual testing (the optional writing test requires an additional forty minutes). A standardized test that measures college readiness, the ACT is accepted by all US colleges and universities.

The ACT: Test Overview

  • English (75 questions, 45 minutes)
  • Math (60 questions, 60 minutes)
  • Reading (40 questions, 35 minutes)
  • Science (40 questions, 35 minutes)
  • Writing (1 prompt, 40 minutes)

At Carnegie Prep, we are committed to recognizing the potential of each student. We get to know students as individuals, building confidence and setting the stage for academic, standardized testing, and personal success. Teachers and tutors provide a skillful presentation of content, concepts, strategies, and timing. Using a team approach, we offer students the flexibility of one-to-one assistance and full courses, knowing that for many students a blended approach may work best. Read more about our approach.

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Austin Lehn and Duane Smith were great and extremely helpful throughout the entire process.

CO, Student

Thank you very much for the tremendous help during the ACT course! I especially appreciated the one-on-one feedback we were able to receive in class as well as the convenience of being able to approach the teacher by email on days where we did not meet. I would gladly enroll in another class.

ZL, Student

Our daughter is loving these classes! She says you all know her by name, she feels super supported, she says you all are so engaging and make the work so interesting, and she is doing so well! Thank you for everything. There is nothing in the world more valuable than teachers that inspire and motivate students and make them excited to learn!

TD, Parent

I have some fantastic, and I mean FANTASTIC, news to share with you. You did amazing work with my daughter! I’ve never heard of anybody improving their score so much.

EG, Parent

I had a fantastic experience during the ACT course. I was provided with lots of resources to practice, and I also had the support of my teachers throughout the entire process. Each student was given the personalized attention that he or she needed in a classroom environment. I can not thank you enough.

KP, Student

My son’s composite ACT score improved 5 points from his pre-ACT to his 2nd ACT test. Lynn Carnegie is fantastic and really listens to what her clients need. My son first took the ACT Blast, and Lynn helped match him with great tutors along the way to hone in on his areas of weakness without sacrificing areas of strength.

LT, Parent

My other daughter T. went from a 26 to a 32 by taking your ACT Blast. Thank you!!

SM, Parent

Great news for B!!! He got a 33 (up from a 26 in Dec when he took it unprepped)!!!! We can’t thank you enough for all of your assistance… really have a great system with great prep materials – so glad that we made the effort to have B attend the session!! High five to Carnegie and all of its awesome tutors – you guys are amazing!!



Your test prep team is so incredibly professional, capable but mostly committed to the students. I have felt a true partnership along the way of this insane process with you. I wanted to make sure you knew how grateful I am for your team! They have been more than amazing.

MV, Parent

The ACT Blast was awesome and the individual attention he received from Austin was the reason for C’s success. C. had a perfect score in Math (36) and an overall composite score of 32. We are so happy with the results. This score, coupled with his high school GPA, has him on track for admission to the schools he is interested in.

AS, Parent