What is my approach?

My system involves both strategy & practice. Strategy without practice is rarely of much benefit. It’s like a coach giving an athlete tips right before the big game without helping him master a technique through weeks of practice. Practice without studying the skills and strategy can simply reinforce ignorance and bad habits, wasting a student’s time and money and often leading to test burnout.

When should students take an ACT prep class?

Timed test-taking is a skill that can be studied, practiced, and mastered. A natural time to work on this skill is in the 10th through 12th grades of high school when students are setting their sights on college. If a student has worked faithfully to build a solid high school GPA, then raising ACT scores could be the gateway to college admissions and scholarships. The skills learned in an ACT prep class will not only help students do well on the ACT but will also help build competence and efficiency in taking timed multiple-choice and essay tests in college. I love seeing students work hard at ACT prep and reap the benefits – it’s very motivating and rewarding for them too!

What is required of students and parents?

This course requires a significant time investment of the student as well as accountability from the parents, so please read carefully the pretest and materials information as well as the student/parent responsibilities that follow & assess whether you and your student can commit the time required before you sign up.

The course combines strategy & practice over a period of 5 weeks. I give students the strategy in our time together, and they are responsible to implement it by taking a full ACT practice test in one sitting each week (about 3½ hrs usually early on a Sat morning). Then they must spend time studying the correct solution to every question they missed on the practice tests (often 1-2 hrs). Additionally, I assign targeted practice in the Five Pound Book of ACT Practice Problems for their weak areas – usually a minimum of 15 minutes of practice daily. So the time that must be devoted to ACT practice for those 5 weeks can be as much as 6½ hrs/wk.

I encourage parents & students to think carefully about their schedules during that time to be sure they have enough time to do the work – those who don’t do the daily work don’t really see much improvement. Both student & parent motivation are important. Sometimes parents help their students score their practice tests to give students a break after taking the full practice test – others commit to sitting down with their students to study together the answers to missed questions. I love seeing this kind of support & teamwork – it can make a huge difference in student performance on the ACT. Be aware that the most critical step for successful ACT Prep is carefully studying the book solutions to missed questions – that’s when your student individualizes ACT prep by reviewing forgotten concepts and learning how not to repeat mistakes over and over. Faithfully studying missed solutions leads to higher scores!

What guarantees do you offer?

A student only pays for my ACT class once. Raising ACT scores is a journey that typically takes place over a period of months – rarely do students reach their final goal in their first few weeks of practice. If students aren’t satisfied with their ACT score obtained after taking the class, they are welcome to register online for free as returning Zoom students.  I continue to interact with them through our online ACT Access system as they persevere in practice and study at home.

Please contact me if you have any questions!

Reeves Test Prep offers a high-quality, guided test prep experience at a reasonable price.

Reeves Test Prep Auburn University Sylvan Learning Kaplan Princeton
live online
class recordings available
in person
instructors are company founders with 25+ years of teaching and tutoring experience, scoring in the top 1% of the test themselves
practice test performance analysis using proprietary system followed by personalized written study plan after each of five practice tests
fee $400 $499 not a package $499 $849

Testimonials

We are thrilled that our son’s score increased 4 points, earning him full-tuition scholarships! Thanks so much for offering this course…best $400 we have ever spent!

“We want to thank you for everything you did to help support A. in her journey and goal to increase her ACT scores!
A. made a 27 which is an amazing increase from a 17! Her scores also increased in each subject area! We are so grateful and have celebrated a lot! This will open many more doors and offer more choices for A. and her college future!”

“I don’t know if I ever told you, but my daughter M. took your class….Her score went from a 26 to a 30 and she was able to get a full tuition scholarship when she applied to UAB this past fall. So your class is definitely worth every penny and minute spent. Thank you!”

“Debbie Reeves brings years of experience and knowledge to Reeves Test Prep. She is extremely encouraging to all of the students while maintaining her expectations for study and preparation. In one session, Reeves Test Prep helped both of our oldest two children increase their ACT composite scores by 6 points. We highly endorse Reeves Test Prep and look forward to our younger two children taking the class in the future!”

“Thanks again so very much for teaching the prep class. I know that I could not have raised my score by 5 points if you had not been such a help and encouragement! Thank you!” –M. P.