We believe test preparation is a critical opportunity to hone core academic skills. We develop meaningful relationships with our students, families, and school partnerships. We strive to grow with our students through effort, reflection, and connection.

Our students who have shown amazing improvement or extremely high test scores:

Ivan Zaytsev: 36 on ACT Composite

Spencer Gagnon: 6 point ACT improvement

Emilia Ruzicka: 35 on ACT (36 on Science)

Stephen Dallara: 8 point ACT improvement

Cole Moore: 35 English, 36 Science

Talia Kaptanoglu: 6 point ACT improvement

Parker Novak: 35 English

Andrew Defigueredo: 36 Reading

John Turlington: 35 English, 35 Science


Schools where we teach test-prep classes:

Have you checked out our new Very Small Group format? The class allows you to prepare at your own convenience, on your own schedule, in either Durham, Cary, North Raleigh, or online. We use adaptive learning technology to provide extremely effective tutoring in a small-group (maximum 4 students) format, at a much lower cost than private tutoring: as low as $35 per hour.

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5-point guaranteed increase on the ACT! 

Now's the time to start improving your ACT score!

Our experience shows that students who start test prep earlier in their junior year end up with higher scores. We are proud to offer a 5 point guarantee for the ACT.

We don't think you'll find a better deal anywhere. Our proven experience, evidence-based pedagogy, and superb tutors allow us to offer this deal with absolute confidence.

Here are the details:

  1. If you've never taken the ACT, come in and take a baseline test. If you've already taken an official ACT (or a mock with us), we can use that as your baseline.
  2. Meet approximately once a week for 12 weeks. In the process, you'll need to complete 12 full-length practice tests.
  3. Review each practice test thoroughly with your tutor.
  4. Take the ACT.
  5. If your score doesn't go up 5 points, we'll work with you once a week until the next ACT -- as long as you continue doing your HW. If the 5-point improvement doesn't happen by your first ACT, we'll try again for the following test date at no additional cost.

We can meet you in any of our three locations: Durham, North Raleigh, or Cary. We can also meet in your home (extra 10% fee) or on Skype (10% discount).

Mock Tests

Mock tests are an integral aspect of comprehensive test preparation. With class enrollment or private tutoring, take them free in our Durham or Raleigh locations as many times as you want. Otherwise, cost is $40 per test. All mock tests include a detailed score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses.

Mock Tests


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We offer structured, small-group classes for the SAT and ACT. Class sizes are small--each is capped at 9 students. Our 18-hour SAT and ACT courses cover all aspects of the test in depth, and also include 4 simulated tests with detailed score analysis. Our teachers are highly experienced test-prep experts who love connecting with their students and helping them achieve their best. Classes are held in our Durham, Raleigh, and North Raleigh locations, though we can also host a custom class at your school or organization (call us for more information). See our schedule of classes here.

Target Score Calculator

Want to find out where you stand in relation to the median score range of students accepted to the schools you're considering? Use this calculator to learn more!

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Private Tutoring

The most effective and flexible method of test preparation. Fully customized sessions, targeting exactly what you need, using the most powerful teaching methods anywhere. We'll match you with the perfect tutor. Available in Durham, Raleigh, or on Skype -- anywhere in the world.

We are very confident in our process. Private tutoring packages of 10, 15, or 20 hours all come with guaranteed score increases of 3-5 points on the ACT, or 150-250 points on the SAT, depending on number of hours and the experience level of your tutor. 

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Free Q&A Sessions

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Upcoming sessions:

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Learn More About Mindspire Math Circles!

The Mindspire Math Circle combines significant content with a setting that encourages a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem solving and interactive exploration. Click here to learn more.

Academic Life Coaching

We are pleased to offer a 10-session program of Academic Life Coaching, taught by Shahar Link, a Certified Academic Life Coach. Click here for more information.