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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I roll my 401(k) into a Roth IRA?

Um, we’re an SAT and ACT prep company. We don’t really offer financial advice. However, before considering any financial instruments, carefully evaluate each investment’s merits and risks, including risk of loss. Past performance is not necessarily a predictor of future performance. In other words—don’t get too attached to your kidneys or first-born.


Oh my Gosh. I’m so embarrassed! I can’t believe I just asked you about financial advice.

That’s okay! We realize parents of juniors have a lot on their minds these days.


Tell me about it. When I applied to college, we didn’t have any prep classes or college advisers. I just rolled out of bed one morning and took the SAT. I hadn’t even heard of the ACT. Anyway… back to your Boot Camp. Do we need any special equipment or software to participate?

No, no special equipment whatsoever. To participate, students simply need a laptop, desktop, or tablet.


How does this program differ from your SAT Boot Camp?

Our ACT Boot Camp is exclusively focused on content and strategies for the ACT. Although there is a great deal of overlap between the ACT and its arch-nemesis, the SAT, our ACT Boot Camp is strictly focused on helping students outsmart the ACT exam.


What about other prep courses and classes—how do you guys differ from those?

We may lose our business license for admitting this, but we don’t believe we have a patent on SAT or ACT prep. We’re quite proud of our track record and approach, but as with all fields, there are several reputable programs and providers.

That said, there are a few compelling reasons that make our ACT Boot Camp uniquely poised to help students succeed.

First, we are the only prep company whose instructors take the actual ACT multiple times per year to deepen our expertise.

In addition, we hire actual ACT writers—the people who write the verbal and math questions that appear on every test—to develop curriculum for us and share little-known exam secrets, including the way the ACT’s notoriously-confusing Science passages are constructed.

And finally: we’re not boring! We realize that most students would rather undergo orthodontic surgery than take an ACT prep course, and so we strive to make our Boot Camp as engaging and entertaining as possible. Most students emerge from our course feeling pleasantly surprised. Check out our Nice Things Actual Teenagers Have Said About Us section to see how high school students feel about our program!


Can students ask questions and participate?

Absolutely! We strongly encourage participation and create a welcoming, supportive class environment from the outset. Students simply type their questions and send them to us via a chat box. All questions are private, so students can feel confident asking anything they would like without having to feel in any way self-conscious.


Do you teach content or strategies or both?

Both. For example, when we cover tricky ACT algebra problems, we make sure students understand the math concepts underlying those problems, and then we teach them shortcuts and strategies, including tips for avoiding sneaky trap answers.


Is the Boot Camp geared toward any particular type of student?

We have a wide range of students who participate in our ACT Boot Camp, from students looking for an on-ramp to the prep process to students looking for that final competitive edge right before the big test.


What about scores—what’s the average improvement for students who take your Boot Camp?

We calculate score improvement data based on students’ starting scores from official exams (shared with us) and students’ official ACT scores after they have completed our Boot Camp (also shared with us). We then segment that data according to starting score ranges, because a student starting at, say, a 34 on the ACT can’t improve more than 2 points.

Students whose starting scores range from 20 to 23, inclusive, improve an average of 4.5 points.

Students whose starting scores range from 24 to 27, inclusive, improve an average of 3.75 points.

Students whose starting scores range from 28 to 31, inclusive, improve an average of 2.5 points.

And students whose starting scores range from 32 to 34, inclusive, improve an average of 1.5 points.


Is your Boot Camp intended for sophomores, juniors, or seniors? Do any 9th graders take the course?

The majority of students who participate in our ACT Boot Camp intend to take the ACT or pre-ACT exam sometime within the next year, if not the next few months. Although the majority of our participants are in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade, we do have a substantial number of 9th graders who participate, primarily students looking for an on-ramp to the overall test prep process and highly-academic students who plan to take the ACT well before junior year.


What are your instructors’ qualifications?

We’re not a mill with hundreds of instructors of varying abilities and track records. We don’t charge a premium for gifted, experienced instructors because all of our instructors are subject matter experts with an abiding passion for teaching.

The vast majority of our instructors have graduated from the sort of colleges people proudly post on the rear window of their cars: Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Stanford, Columbia, MIT—and many more.

However—and this is a really important however—we don’t view sterling academic credentials as equivalent to teaching ability. We interview and decline to hire plenty of brilliant people who can’t seem to explain even the simplest of concepts.

Therefore, the number one trait we seek in instructors is the ability to teach: that unique combination of communication skills, emotional intelligence, and empathy that separates mere tutors from teachers who inspire students to fulfill their potential.


What aspects of the ACT are covered during the Boot Camp? Do you teach the optional essay?

We cover every single inch of the ACT, from strategies for the 15 types of questions on the ACT’s English Test to shortcuts for confusing, densely-worded ACT algebra problems. Our Boot Camp includes proven techniques for acing the ACT’s Writing Test.


What if my student can only attend one day or has to miss a portion of the Boot Camp?

We don’t prorate the tuition for our Boot Camps. However, even if your student only attends one of the two days, he or she will still benefit, in large part because students can always access the live recordings of the entire course after the Boot Camp has ended.


OK, well this all sounds good. I think I’m going to talk to my daughter and sign her up.

Great! We look forward to having her participate and to your feedback after the course.


Thank you. Also, I hate to ask, but… can you check out this thing I just noticed on my arm? I Googled “funny-looking spot on arm – sign of imminent death?” and now I’m a little worried.

Um, we’re an ACT prep company, not a team of dermatologists. But we recommend resisting dire self-diagnoses and typing symptoms into WebMD.

Apr 10 - May 29 Schedule

Class 1: WED, APR 10, 2024, 07:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Class 2: WED, APR 17, 2024, 07:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Class 3: WED, APR 24, 2024, 07:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Class 4:  WED, MAY 1, 2024, 07:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Class 5: WED, MAY 8, 2024, 07:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Class 6:  WED, MAY 15, 2024, 07:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Class 7:  WED, MAY 22, 2024, 07:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Class 8: WED, MAY 29, 2024, 07:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Aug 27 - Oct 4 Schedule

Class 1: SUN, AUG 27, 2023, 12:30 PM – 02:30 PM EDT

Class 2: WED, AUG 30, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 3: WED, SEPT 6, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 4: SUN, SEPT 10, 2023, 12:30 PM – 02:30 PM EDT

Class 5: WED, SEPT 13, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 6: SUN, SEPT 17, 2023, 12:30 PM – 02:30 PM EDT

Class 7: WED, SEPT 20, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 8: SUN, SEPT 24, 2023, 12:30 PM – 02:30 PM EDT

Class 9: WED, SEPT 27, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 10: WED, OCT 4, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Jul 17 - Aug 16 Schedule

Class 1: MON, JUL 17, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 2: WED, JUL 19, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 3: MON, JUL 24, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 4: WED, JUL 26, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 5: MON, JUL 31, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 6: WED, AUG 2, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 7: MON, AUG 7, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 8: WED, AUG 9, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 9: MON, AUG 14, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT

Class 10: WED AUG 16, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EDT


1. Visit the orthodontist. 2. Watch PBS. 3. Go an entire week without rolling their eyes at their parents. 4. Watch C-SPAN. 5. Retake their AP Chem final. 6. Intern at a local CPA’s office. 7. Turn off their cell phone. 8. Mop the kitchen. 9. Clean their bathroom. 10. Renounce social media. 11. Write a 10-page history paper. 12. Get a bunch of allergy shots. 13. Wait in line at the post office. 14. Watch the Weather Channel. 15. Be abducted by aliens. 16. Attend a clarinet recital. 17. Tour a Soviet-era nuclear plant. 18. Eat a healthy and nutritious dinner. 19. Do calisthenics. 20. Bake snickerdoodle cookies for that guy who’s always loitering by his van. 21. Watch a black-and-white foreign film without subtitles. 22. Clean out the rain gutters. 23. Pretend they’re 42 and recently divorced. 24. Listen to NPR’s Weekend Edition. 25. Read a newspaper. 26. Visit the DMV. 27. Eat crispy fried tarantulas (considered a delicacy in Cambodia). 28. Serve as a “breath odor evaluator” for a toothpaste company. (Yes, this job actually exists.) 29. Go on a double date with their parents. 30. Undergo dental surgery. 31. Babysit their annoying stepbrother. 32. Empty Mr. Whisker’s litter box. 33. Take out the trash. 34. Clean the rain gutters. 35. Tell their parents they’d like to sit down to discuss the Birds n’ the Bees. 36. Stare at a blank television screen for several hours. 37. Be fitted for orthodontic headgear. 38. Organize their closet. 39. Vacuum their entire house. 40. Eat that substance their school cafeteria claims is Sloppy Joe. 41. Kiss Tucker Carlson. 42. Make origami turtles for the residents of a local nursing home. 43. Do a few hundred burpees. 44. Try Uncle Morris’s beef stew. 45. Watch Hillbilly Handfishin’ on Animal Planet. 46. Eat “bird’s nest” soup, which sounds kind of scrumptious unless you know the broth is made from bird SALIVA. 47. Set up an Facebook account for Grandma. 48. Start a backyard garden. 49. Dust home furnishings. 50. Do an exercise known as the “Bulgarian Split Squat.” 51. Help Dad trim his back hair. 52. Hunt for spare change between the sofa cushions. 53. Hunt for leftover Cheez-Its between the sofa cushions. 54. Mow the lawn. 55. Learn how to knit. 56. Research Wikipedia’s entry on the history of Q- tips. 57. Count how many times they can blink in one hour. 58. Compose a haiku. 59. Do one of the American Dental Association’s oral disease-themed jigsaw puzzles. 60. Watch televised bowling. 61. Give Grandpa a foot massage. 62. Give Grandma a foot massage. 63. Play tea party with their six-year-old stepsister. 64. Read The Red Badge of Courage. 65. Browse Burlington Coat Factory’s fall collection. 66. Floss. 67. Listen to The Scarlett Letter on audiobook. 68. Watch televised bowling. 69. Lie really, really still and pretend they’re deceased. 70. Join their twelve-year-old sister and all of her friends for a dance party!!! 71. Wash their parents’ minivan. 72. Journal about their feelings. 72. Give themselves a haircut. 73. Make homemade kombucha. 74. Learn to crochet. 75. Get a head start on their LinkedIn profile. 76. Watch a black- and-white movie marathon. 77. Visit the library. 78. Run a relay race. 79. Eat slimy san-nakji, which is considered a delicacy in Korea. 80. Eat khash, a traditional dish in Southeastern Europe that is so disgusting you’re just going to have to Google it to find out what it’s made of. 81. Eat the Swedish delicacy blodpättar, which kind of sounds like what it is. 81. Eat bat soup, a traditional dish in Micronesia. 82. Eat harkarl, rotten shark meat that is considered a delicacy in Iceland. 83. Eat the Scottish dish known as haggis. 84. Eat escamol, a Mexican dish that kind of looks like it’s made of rice but definitely isn’t. 85. Eat “Rocky Mountain Oysters,” which, despite the name, may not be from the Rocky Mountains and definitely are not oysters. 86. Wrestle an alligator. 87. Be a “professional apologizer,” a person whose actual full-time job is to apologize on behalf of other people. 88. Be an ostrich babysitter, which is apparently something people do in South Africa. 89. Ponder what life would have been like if they had been born in Kazakhstan. 90. Take a transatlantic flight on Biman Bangladesh Airlines, widely considered the worst airline in the entire world. 91. Eat fugu, a potentially lethal blowfish. 92. Do a form of running exercise known as “laps of misery.” 93. Walk the neighbor’s dog. 94. Clean their room. 95. Frolic naked through the mall. 96. Do a handstand on two fingers. 97. Do one-armed chin-ups. 98. Do a form of exercise known as a “flying human flag abdominal crunch.” 99. Watch the 2011 movie Tree of Life. (Trust us, it’s booooring.) 100. Use sock puppets to practice their future networking skills.