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ACT Test Prep Denver 2015: Dr. Lisa Ransdell

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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.

Pinnacle spring classes conclude on April 25/26, 2015. If there is sufficient demand for late spring/summer/fall classes they will be scheduled, but otherwise one-on-one tutoring is always available at the rate of $80/hour for the ACT, SAT, and PSAT. Each year Pinnacle offers a series of classes geared to the April ACT tests; those classes begin in late February. 

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.