When it’s time to select an ACT tutor, lots of options exist. But how do you know what to look for in ACT tutoring? How do you find someone who can help your student increase their ACT scores and reach their future goals? 

Learn what to look for in ACT tutoring and the keys to selecting a great tutor. 

Good Reviews

People love to talk about their experiences, especially good ones! Make sure the tutor or company you’re working with has good reviews. You’re investing a lot of time and money in ACT tutoring. It’s important to make sure that you’re spending your money in a good place with a credible (and score-increasing) tutor. Most good tutors have reviews on their website or can share testimonials from former students upon request. 

More than a High Test Score

While it’s important to have a tutor who understands the ACT and has scored well on it themselves, there’s more to being a good tutor than just getting a top ACT score. 

You want a tutor who can teach you how to crush the test and who understands the strategies for doing just that. 

Clear Expectations

As you look to hire a tutor, make sure they clearly state their expectations for students so that you can make sure your expectations are aligned. Does your student plan to take extra time to do homework or practice problems? Do you expect tutors to cover every aspect of the test or just focus on one area? 

Test Strategies

You want a tutor who goes beyond the basics of the test material. You want them to teach strategies. Pay attention to the fine print when you talk to your tutor to see if they simply review the content of the test or if they have the experience and knowledge to offer strategies when your student struggles in a specific area. For example, if your student is struggling to finish the reading section, does the tutor have specific strategies to help them either finish or make the most of their remaining time? You want to make sure that your tutor is an expert on the ACT, not just a good math or English teacher. 


Find a tutor who is passionate about the ACT and the difference that it can make in students’ futures. If they are energetic and motivated because of the value this test can have and then translate that into their teaching, you’ll see it clearly. Look for a tutor who communicates more than the concepts on the test—you want them to share their energy with your students!