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ACT Test Prep Denver 2015: Dr. Lisa Ransdell

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One-on-one tutoring is always available at the rate of $80/hour for the ACT, SAT, and PSAT. Individual work is the most effective way of doing well on the college entrance exams and improving scores since student strengths and challenges are constantly being addressed. Whether individual tutoring or in the classroom, the Pinnacle approach focuses equally on subject information (English, math, reading and science), patterns that become evident from diagnostic analyses of outcomes, and also test-taking strategies.Each year Pinnacle offers a series of classes geared to the spring ACT tests; the classes begin in late February and meet until just before the state and national tests in April. Pinnacle classes are small and capped at just six students.

Dr. Ransdell is assisted in math by Chris Mayers, a spring 2015 CU-Denver graduate in Math & Physics. We are lucky to have Chris during his year off prior to medical school.

In our work with students we utilize the book The Real ACT Prep Guide, 3rd edition. This book is published by the ACT company and features five complete retired exams. It can be purchased for around $20.

General Info:

Although not every college requires the submission of entrance exam outcomes from the ACT or SAT these days, at many schools it is still the case that test scores are a highly scrutinized component of a student’s application, and perhaps more importantly, a leading factor in the awarding of non-need based aid from the school.

All colleges currently accept either test, and outcomes can easily be compared with a concordance chart. I routinely help students identify their stronger test, and recommend that students place their focus on their strongest test once that is done. While the current SAT automatically includes essay writing, on the ACT the essay is optional, costs a bit extra, and must be added when you register. Note: many more highly selective colleges require submission of test scores including an essay, although no school in Colorado requires it, including our private schools.

In 2016 the SAT will undergo significant changes – see my recent blog post for breaking info on what the new test will look like.

CBS-DENVER online review: Pinnacle College Planning is the brainchild of Dr. Lisa Ransdell, an educator with a particularly impressive background. With credits at the University of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denison University and The Ohio State University, it’s clear that Dr. Ransdell has the credentials needed to help your student do his or her very best on the SAT and ACT. There are a few different formats in which she offers her test prep. Small group prep in a classroom setting and one-on-one tutoring is available at the Pinnacle office near the University of Denver.