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ACT and SAT Test Preparation

Yellow Parachute has thrived in ACT Test Prep since 2008.

That’s over 90 ACT tests, 3,000 students, and 16,000 ACT questions with an average increase of 4 composite points per student for 16-18 hours of tutoring.

What Students Say

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 to Take the Test

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.

Diverse Learners

YP is experienced at assisting students who have 504s and IEPs make the best test-environment decisions for their unique needs. We not only spend time on test content but also focus on how a student will use the specific accommodations they’ve been given.

For example, 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.

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 16-20 hours of 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.

Years in the Test Prep Industry
ACT Tests Taken by YP Coaches
ACT Test Prep Questions
Test Prep Students

Test Info Release

If your 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!

The Tie Goes to the Runner: Yes, Your Kid Should Still Take The ACT!

Hear from a panel of Yellow Parachute Learning Coaches who shared their top reasons why your kid should still take the ACT even though some schools are making it optional. They also answered a bunch of other questions about the test.


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!

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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
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!!!

Real Yellow Parachute Student Results…


STUDENT: Highly motivated, high achiever, test anxiety


English: 33 to 35 Math: 26 to 30
Reading: 30 to 33 Science: 28 to 28


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


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


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


English: 27 to 34 Math:25 to 27
Reading: 32 to 34 Science: 25 to 28


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


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

ACT/SAT Test Prep Pricing

Private Tutoring 1:1 Student/Tutor

$125 – $145

Per one hour session

$240-$290 per two-hour session

Small Group Rate
(2 – 4 students)

$90 – $100

Per one hour session

$180-$200 per two-hour session

Small Group Rate
(5 – 6 students)


Per one hour session

$150-$160 per two-hour session


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.

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.