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Students report that Yellow Parachute’s test prep curriculum helps prepare them beyond the test; in addition to boosting scores, students say they have become better overall test takers, strategic thinkers, and have improved time management and confidence in learning.

When the ACT process is finished, a student’s biggest compliment is asking, “What else can we do together? Do you tutor in math, too?” In fact, many Test Prep Coach/Student pairs capitalize on the personal relationship they’ve developed to work through the college essay writing process together.

The ACT is administered in Minnesota during the school year in Sept, Oct, Dec, Feb, April, June and July.

You pick two dates: one for your first try, and again to try to beat your score.

YP is experienced at assisting students who have 504s and IEPs make the best test-environment decisions for their unique needs.

Students coming into ACT prep who have been diagnosed with dyslexia are especially nervous about the reading section on the test. Time after time, however, we see reading become one of their strongest sections after spending time with an experienced Yellow Parachute ACT Test Prep Coach.

Students who experience test anxiety are particularly anxious about test day; our Test Prep Coaches take them through specific steps to help prepare.

If your extra-curricular and study schedule allows you to take the ACT in December, April, or June, we highly recommend these test dates. Be sure you ask our Student Connector about Test Information Release dates when you contact us!

What to Expect

If your student has not had prior tutoring or taken an ACT test-prep class, you can reasonably expect a student starting below a 20 to increase 4 points, a student in the 20-26 range to increase 3 points, and a student 27+ to increase 1-2 points after tutoring.

For an SAT student, we regularly see a 50-60-point improvement in the English section and a 50-70-point increase in math after tutoring. For a student already scoring 650+, we shoot for a 30-point increase in both sections.

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The SAT is administered during the school year in Nov, Dec, Jan, March, May and June. You pick two dates that work best for your schedule. In most cases, the later in the school year the better, because you’ve had at least six months of Junior year English and math; however, if you’re a spring athlete, don’t plan on taking two high-anxiety 4-hour tests right during the height of your sports season!

Virtual Learning Program for ACT and SAT

Combining our personalized tutoring program with a proven online test prep interface, Yellow Parachute has created a flexible, high-quality solution to getting your busy teen jump-started on test prep!

Your student will benefit from the flexibility of a dynamic online portal and support of a dedicated learning coach. The virtual interface provides access to thousands of authentic practice test questions, helpful how-to videos, and proven testing strategies, while the personal learning coach will manage and customize training sessions, and provide accountability and support. Our self-paced program follows a 10 week timeline of instruction, requiring students to spend a minimum of 2 hours a week working online in the YP portal system. (Problems and lessons can also be printed.)

In addition your student will receive a Personalized Learning Plan, periodic Progress Reports, and an Organizational Dashboard. The program Includes: 20+ hours of instructional material accessed through a web based interface and SIX 30 minute 1:1 Skype/Zoom sessions, as well as regular check-ins through text and email.

Contact us for more info, and to view a seven-minute introductory video.

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We have seen results. Learning does not happen in a linear fashion, so it is often difficult to judge progress along the way. But in each case, we have seem clear growth in our children…both in what they have learned and how they are learning it.

Parent, Edina, MN

Your company’s services are above and beyond, especially when it comes to finding high-quality assistance quickly.

Parent, White Bear Lake, MN

We LOVE Yellow Parachute! My son told us it’s the BEST teacher he’s EVER had! Hands down TOP NOTCH!!!

Parent

Yellow Parachute has exceeded my expectations for tutoring. Our goal was not only to bring grades up, but to learn how to study, prepare, and advocate, for a lifetime!

Parent, Orono, MN

I took the practice ACT and got a significantly lower score than expected, we thought we would seek out help. I never would have expected to go from a 22 to a 30 after tutoring, but it happened.

Student

Yellow Parachute has helped me organize, study, and prepare for upcoming tests. I have also learned to be my own best advocate!

10th Grade Student, Orono, MN

Real Yellow Parachute Student Results…

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In 12 Hours

STUDENT: Highly motivated, high achiever, test anxiety

12 Hours of Tutoring

English: 33 to 35
Math: 26 to 30
Reading: 30 to 33
Science: 28 to 28
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In 16 Hours

STUDENT: Solid student, general academic aptitude, strong athlete, schedule highly booked with sports

16 Hours of Tutoring

English: 24 to 30
Math: 18 to 24
Reading: 24 to 31
Science: 21 to 26
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In 20 Hours

STUDENT: Highly motivated, high achiever, over-scheduled, ADHD

20 Hours of Tutoring

English: 27 to 34
Math: 25 to 27
Reading: 32 to 34
Science: 25 to 28
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In 26 Hours

STUDENT: Hard working student, conscientious, lacks confidence, works slowly, gets rattled during testing

26 Hours of Tutoring

English: 20 to 28
Math: 21 to 23
Reading: 23 to 28
Science: 23 to 28

ACT/SAT Test Prep Pricing

Virtual Test Prep*

$895
one time program fee

*Includes 20+ hours of instructional material accessed through a web based interface and SIX 30 minutes 1:1 Skype/Zoom sessions. Additional tutoring sessions available for $105 per hour

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Private Tutoring*

$125 - $140
per one-hour session

$240-$280 per two-hour session

*All expenses included. No additional charges or fees, unless you request multiple prep manuals or additional practice tests – $35 for us to purchase them, or we’ll tell you exactly where to buy them

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Small Group Rate (2-4 students)

$80 - $90
per one-hour session

$160-$180 per two-hour session

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Small Group Rate (5-6 students)

$70
per one-hour session

$140 per two-hour session

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Discounted Group Classes

Discounted School Classes

F.A.Q.

  • How does it work to have both Yellow Parachute and Alberts Tutoring provide test prep?

    Brenda Alberts completes the initial phone consultation, then hand-picks the best private tutor. Brenda will put you in touch with the tutor and you schedule directly with your teacher. If the chemistry isn’t right between the two, we make a switch right away. You pay the tutor directly each week as you go. No complicated contracts or retainers. If you’re not happy, you simply discontinue services. We keep it as easy as possible for everyone involved.

  • How familiar are you with difference between local school curriculum?

    Very. We know all about Edina’s focus on AP courses, Wayzata’s emphasis on Integrated Math and Minnetonka’s dual-track of IB and AP coursework, not to mention the terrific high-potential groups at Orono and Hopkins. Alberts SAT/ACT Tutoring has worked with students from an impressive list of schools since 2004.

  • Are your tutors trained to teach the same strategies?

    Yes, to teaching the same strategies, no to using a cookie-cutter approach for all students. To ensure consistency, all tutors train directly under Brenda Alberts and Cara Thorpe, all boast strong credentials, and all adhere to the same rigorous set of standards. Each individual is required to undergo twenty plus hours of SAT/ACT preparation, in addition to bringing teaching or business experience to the table. The tutors communicate regularly with Brenda and Cara, attend annual continuing-education classes, and report and analyze results with Brenda following each test administration date. It goes without saying your child’s standardized test scores are confidential and not shared with anyone. (We leave that to the parents and the students themselves!)

    Although we begin with a tried-and-true syllabus for our clients, we end up customizing the plan to fit the students’ needs. Approximately 20% of our students want equal time devoted to each subject and 80% request more focus on a particular area than others. It’s far different – meaning much better – than prep classes that are forced to spend precisely 25% on each ACT subject regardless of the student’s abilities or aptitude.

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