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ACT Test Prep with a Difference

Once again this summer, Breakaway Test Prep is pleased to offer a customized test prep program for students with learning disabilities and attention disorders in partnership with Groves Academy.  Breakaway offers two distinct programs for the summer: small group instruction and private, one-on-one instruction.  Information about both programs is provided below.  For more information, please contact Ron Michalak, president of Breakaway Test Prep, at or 612-216-5133.

ACT Test Prep at Groves Academy
Breakaway's ACT Test Prep at Groves Academy is tailored to meet the individual needs of students with learning disabilities (such as dyslexia, math and reading disorders, and executive functioning or working memory weaknesses) and attention disorders (such as ADHD).  Teachers from Groves Academy, who specialize in working with students with learning issues and attention disorders, provide both private, one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction using Breakaway's proven test prep materials.  Instruction accommodates a variety of learning styles and helps students increase their confidence and improve their performance on the ACT. 
Small Group Program
Breakaway's Small Group ACT Prep Program at Groves Academy is a five-week, 30-hour intensive prep program designed to help students prepare for the September ACT.  The program will be led by Rachel Erickson, a Groves Academy upper school language arts teacher and Breakaway ACT test prep instructor.  
The program will cover every section of the test - English, math, reading, science and writing - and will include thorough reviews of the most commonly tested concepts, critical test-taking techniques and key time-management strategies.  
The program begins on Tuesday, July 28 at 9:00am and will run for five consecutive weeks, as follows:
  • Students will meet for four consecutive weeks on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 9am-12pm starting Tuesday, July 28 and going through Thursday, August 20th.  
  • Students will then meet from 4:00pm-7:00pm on Tuesday, August 25th and Thursday, August 27th.

Private Instruction
We also offer private, one-on-one instruction through Groves Academy.  Private instruction combines a comprehensive review of the most commonly tested concepts along with key pacing strategies and test-taking techniques.  Instructors are exclusively teachers from Groves Academy who bring a depth of knowledge and expertise on learning issues and attention disorders.  The teachers are trained on Breakaway's test prep curriculum and deliver a proven and effective test prep program for their students.  

Practice Tests
While the lessons help the student build his/her confidence with the concepts tested on the ACT, Breakaway also offers a regular series of full-length, proctored practice tests.  The practice tests help the student learn to manage the stress of the test situation, and help them build their endurance so that they can power through a 3-1/2 hour test.  
Prior to starting the prep class, we strongly recommend that students take a baseline exam at any of the practice tests listed below.  The results will provide very good insights on the student's relative areas of strength and weakness, and can be used to inform the instruction process.  Over the course of test prep, we would also recommend that students attend at least a couple more practice tests, which we offer almost weekly throughout the year.  While students work with Breakaway, the practice tests are complimentary. Here are a list of practice test dates that your student would be welcome to attend:
  • Saturday, June 6th at 9:00am at Groves Academy
  • Sunday, June 14th at 9:00am at Breakaway
  • Saturday, July 11th at 9:00am at Breakaway
  • Sunday, July 19th at 9:00am at Breakaway
  • Saturday, July 25th at 9:00am at Breakaway
  • Sunday, August 2nd at 9:00am at Breakaway
  • Saturday, August 8th at 9:00am at Breakaway
  • Sunday, August 16th at 9:00am at Breakaway
  • Saturday, August 22nd at 9:00am at Breakaway
  • Sunday, August 30th at 9:00am at Breakaway
  • Saturday, September 5th at 9:00am at Breakaway

Small Group Instruction at Groves
The fee for the 30-hour program, including access to the practice tests and all materials, is $1,295.  The fee is payable in two parts: a 50% deposit will be billed on June 1st and the balance will be due on the first day of class.


Private Instruction at Groves
The rate for private instruction is $115/hr.  The rate includes everything - private, one-on-one instruction, a comprehensive lesson manual and complimentary access to Breakaway's weekend practice tests.  The "red book", Peterson's Real ACT Prep Guide, costs $25 and is billed separately.


Thank you for considering Breakaway Test Prep at Groves Academy!

For more information or to register for a class or private instruction, please contact Ron Michalak at or 612.216.5133.
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