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 “I would recommend any of the test prep classes of ExcelEdge, Inc. for your students’ test preparation.   ExcelEdge is a company that is fully professional in its dealings with parents, students, and counselors.  If you wish to have a class at your school, ExcelEdge makes it work for your school schedule and your students.  They understand that each school has different schedules and needs, and they will be happy to make their classes work – not because they want to make a sale and have their program at your school – but because they truly believe their program works.  And it does!

We have had ACT 36 at our school for 18 years and do not intend to stop anytime soon.   Sure you can spend thousands on an individual test prep program for your child, but I have found ACT 36 to be an affordable and excellent curriculum-based test prep program.  Carol Talabay is always available to answer any questions from school staff or parents.  She answers emails or phone calls almost immediately or certainly within 24 hours.  The certified teachers of their classes are knowledgeable about not just the content of the subject area and test strategies, but they also understand and communicate well with high school students.  Their teachers are professionals who begin classes promptly so that students get the full two hours of instructional time each week.   

Last year some of our students took a PSAT prep class through a major corporation which came to our school.  I was extremely disappointed with the quality of instruction, the class time wasted, and the poor classroom management.  This year ExcelEdge is presenting PSAT 1520 to our students.  Carol Talabay is completely honest and upfront about who they are targeting and how quickly the class moves.  She will readily admit that the PSAT 1520 class is not for everyone.  She is not interested in just making money on their program.  She truly believes in what her company offers students for test prep.  And she has the statistics to prove it!”

- Fran David Timothy Christian High School



ACT 36 works when students do! It is no surprise that when students attend all classes, participate in discussions, complete homeworkouts and commit to improving their scores, they will add to their point total. The mean gain for any group of students is a gain of 2-3 points. Our research proves that Illinois students who test twice in April – once on the national test date and once on the ACT given as part of the PSAE, the Prairie State Achievement Test – more often than not also increase their scores on that second ACT.

One Illinois high school which has been a partner since 1998 asked us in 2005 to add a week to our program. The school wanted to begin with a full-length, retired Practice ACT that we could compare to another retired Practice ACT given in the eighth week of our program. In the first year, the average increase was 2.5 points. More significant, the number of students whose scores moved into the 25 range increased by 11%. The number of students who scored above a 21 increased by 21%. We anticipated further score increases once the PSAE was administered, and that occurred, as both our office and the ACT corporation had predicted. Note that results for all subsequent years have been similar.

We carefully monitor our students’ progress in all schools, as the above example proves. At the end of the program, both high schools and families receive students’ ACT scores. Schools also receive a comprehensive year-end report with detailed information on their students’ enrollment, attendance and mean performance on all subject tests. Schools also receive longitudinal data on their students’ achievement.

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On the 215 item ACT, most often answering 6 more items correctly will add a full point to your Composite Score!


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