Test Prep

Spark Prep offers test preparation across the globe, providing students with superlative one-on-one and in-class instruction.

We offer preparation for the SAT, ACT, SAT II subject tests, AP tests, and TOEFL. Our test prep curricula are centered in ground breaking ivy league educational neuroscience research, delivering both content and strategy in ways that will maximize student potential. With our holistic educational approach, standardized tests become more than college gatekeepers—they become vehicles for honing skills, deepening understanding, and elevating the mind.

WHAT IS THE ACT?

The ACT has become the most popular college admissions exam in the United States, surpassing the SAT since 2011. As this table illustrates, the test includes 4 multiple choice sections and an optional writing section that aim to measure analytical skills and reasoning.

English75 questions45 mins
Math60 questions60 mins
Reading 40 questions35 mins
Science40 questions 35 mins
Writing (Optional) 1 prompt 40 mins


Students’ scores on each section are averaged for a total composite score between 1 and 36.

What’s a Competitive Score?

A high ACT score can be the glue for a strong college portfolio. The top 30 most competitive US universities boast average ACT scores of 31 to 34. By investing in your standardized test prep, we aim keep as many doors open as possible—so each school can begin to look at YOU.

Spark Prep's Unique Cognitive Learning Science Methodology

Spark Prep has scoured the best, cutting edge cognitive learning research from the most prestigious institutions in the world in order to develop a uniquely effective curriculum. Our six-point process, paired with our carefully designed classroom structure empowers students to learn quickly and effectively in a deeply engaging environment. 

  1. Assessment and Goal Setting: To improve your score, it’s important to know your starting point. Students in our programs receive a comprehensive assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. We analyze aptitude and help you understand the causes of your errors.
  2. Content Priming: Spark Prep's unique 68 learning modules, designed for ideal attention span and optimal mastery of each topic, prepare the mind to receive new information. Short, at-home learning modules deliver all content and strategy directly to students before coming into class for in-depth instruction.  
  3. Information Mapping: Students immediately apply learned material through in-class quizzes where students must recall and apply concepts and strategy, beginning to catalogue the content in the mind. Students then repeat the quiz in teams where they discuss their answers and strategies to deepen their understanding.
  4. Solidification: Instructors see the class’s incorrect answers in real time and target students’ problem areas even within a group class.
  5. Error Prevention: Mistakes are a force of habit. Breaking the cycle  is critical to replacing wrong information with the correct information. Spark Prep's exclusive test question database enables students to develop mastery of specific concepts based on each student's individual strengths and weaknesses.
  6. Simulation: Real tests proctored in a classroom setting simulate the test taking environment and help students develop pacing strategies to optimize their score. 

THE SPARK PREP ADVANTAGE

In the 2014-2015 admissions cycle, our students boasted a 4-point increase from their starting scores, on average. Over half earned between a 34 and a 36.

SERVICE OFFERINGS

All programs include:

  • 30-minute Director intake
  • 1 Diagnostic exam
  • 3-6 Full Length Practice ACT tests
  • Assessment of strengths, opportunities, and goals
  • Tailored study plan
  • ACT curriculum designed by Director Cori Marquis, customized for each student to relentlessly target weaknesses and capitalize on strengths

Enrollment & Registration

Our enrollment period for students preparing to take the ACT in April or June of their Junior year is January through March. As individuals typically take the test more than once, motivated students may start preparing as early as the summer prior to their Junior year, while students requiring lighter preparation may begin 6-weeks prior to their test date.

Students taking the test in their senior year, should begin preparation no later than August.

Start prepping for your enrollment today.