ACT Test Prep Classes


The program is designed for students  interested in achieving maximum results on their ACT. It is taught by Steve O’Toole whose 29 years of ACT test prep experience, dedication to helping students succeed (teaching, coaching, tutoring), and motivating approach makes a measurable difference for those who participate.

(Please read the Testimonials for the courses)

Improving performance on the ACT takes a serious commitment of time, effort, and practice.  There is no shortcut to learning the hundreds of skills covered on the ACT or  “tricks” to beat the test.  Shorter, less rigorous prep courses simply cannot cover all of the necessary concepts needed to produce optimal results.  This course presents a challenging, organized, comprehensive approach to relevant skill review and practice for the ACT.  The focus of the instruction is not only to teach significant concepts associated with each test but also to develop confidence and familiarity with the format of the the exams. Using this plan for 26 years, students have demonstrated consistent and appreciable improvement in testing performance.

***After completing the ACT prep course, students may attend special ACT review sessions during the year free of charge in order to review/prepare for retesting opportunities***

ACT Prep Class Details:

    • MORE THAN 40 hours of classroom instruction, student support, testing opportunities, and review options are offered in addition to weekly assignments outside of class.

    • Teaching is student-focused and presented in an energetic and engaging manner. Classes are active learning environments in which students are encouraged to ask questions, participate, and solve problems. Ultimately, the classroom environment is one of the keys to the significant progress students make in the course.

    • Access to 18 complete practice tests and a data bank of review materials for specific skills/concepts

    • Class sizes are smaller than typical test prep courses; this encourages participation and student/teacher interaction. Steve works directly with all participants to personalize both the instruction and any necessary remediation to meet individual needs.
    • ACT prep classes lead directly up to an official testing date. The content of the courses is carefully designed for students to work up to their scheduled ACT test date. This helps to ensure maximum performance and minimizes retention issues that occur when a prep class is taken well in advance of a student’s actual test date.
    • School year courses are offered on Sundays at the Eden Prairie High School to minimize scheduling conflicts.
    • This course has served students from Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Shakopee, Chaska, Chanhassen, Bloomington, Wayzata, Maple Grove, Prior Lake, Lakeville, St. Paul and Stillwater.



By comparison, Kaplan -recognized nationally for the thoroughness of its direct-instruction ACT prep classes – offers fewer hours of instruction/testing (24-27 hours), larger average class sizes, and fewer opportunities for extra student support.  The prices of the Kaplan classes start at $899 and can cost as much as $1500!


Classes held at the Eden Prairie High School in room #128

    • Winter: December 5th -February 27th  Meets at 10:00 a.m. at EPHS on Sundays

    • Summer 2022: June 14th – Sept. 1st, Late-Morning and Early Afternoon Classes

Contact Steve at  for a complete course calendar

REGISTER (Click this link to officially register for the ACT Prep Class)

Effective Preparation Makes a Measurable Difference

The personal attention and thorough preparation students receive in the course have translated into consistently improved test scores. The comfortable, yet focused atmosphere builds confidence and produces excellent results.

Course Plan for Students

  • All participants will take a complete practice exam to begin the course. The test will be broken down and analyzed for patterns of strengths and weaknesses; each student will receive a specific performance summary.
  • Students provide information regarding their previous standardized test scores, submit a current grade transcript and complete a self-assessment on academic performance. This information will be used to help guide the content and focus of individual lessons.
  • Weekly lessons cover major concepts from math, English, reading, science (ACT only) and writing. Students will complete numerous exercises to practice and apply these skills.
  • Participants learn and practice test-taking strategies using timed test simulations. Strategies are also offered to address testing anxiety issues.
  • Additional skill and testing material is provided for all students
  • Multiple practice tests are taken prior to the official exams.
  • Rather than attempting to cram and memorize, the content and pacing of the course is presented to allow students truly learn and understand the material.


Contact Steve at with questions or to officially register for a course

Points to Ponder

Performance on college entrance exams has taken increasingly greater significance given the vast differences in g.p.a. calculations used by schools. The only uniform standard to compare students statewide and nationwide is either ACT or SAT test scores. Given this reality, students who fail to adequately prepare for these tests may well be limiting their options for college, including the opportunity for academic scholarships. Furthermore, with a college education cost of $80,000 to $300,000 for a four-year degree, it makes economic sense to fully prepare for the ACT. Regardless of ability level, students who embark on a regular and directed plan of study for the test will more likely perform at a level consistent with their ability. Although any preparation can help, the majority of students lack the persistence, background, and knowledge necessary to efficiently prepare for the ACT on their own. The sheer volume of information to review makes self-study a significant challenge for most students.