My child has ADD/ADHD and needs to take the ACT. Where can we turn?



There is an amazing website and boy will it grab your child’s attention. One of the best private tutors in the country has put her fascinating methods online in one central spot. Check out   . She has formed a socially conscious Benefit Corporation, and the whole course is only $79 for the year. She also gives you your money back if you don’t like the site. Plus… she livestreams a class every week.  I watched her last week. She is amazing.


3 ways to help your child get into college, with scholarships… even if he or she is NOT a great student.

First, when your child is a sophomore or junior, start to investigate small, lesser known colleges that may be LOOKING for students with average GPA’s.  There are thousands of small, little known schools with amazing educational opportunities. All you have to do is LOOK.


Second, have your child STUDY for the ACT. ACT scores are usually what colleges use to determine merit scholarships. Even a jump from a 20 , a very low score, to a 24, a very mediocre score, can translate into $4000 per year in scholarship money.  EVERY point counts. How? There is an amazing online course called where a very well known PRIVATE tutor has put all of her lessons online. The entire year only costs $79, and she livestreams a class every week. It has really turned the tide for thousands of students.

Third, start GOOGLING colleges that give merit money. You will be surprised how many will help with tuition EVEN if your student is not at the top of the class.

Many students ask, “Should I take the ACT with Writing?” The answer is YES!

Many reasons support this answer. First, most colleges require the Writing (essay) portion of the test. If you do not take the ACT with this option, you will have to take the entire test again. Students cannot sit for the Writing portion alone.  Additionally, many colleges use this score for placement in their respective English programs. Another great reason to take the Writing section? If you apply to a school that requires an ACT Subject Test, then you may find that often a college will accept the ACT Writing as a substitute for one of those difficult tests!


Every week, a student asks, ” if the essay (Writing) score doesn’t really affect my composite score, then why should I care how well I write on this section?” You should care about your essay score for several reasons.  First, your essay will receive a score, and that score may be accessed on your score report as a number from 1-12 and as part of a separate “combined English/ Writing score.  Colleges want to see that you do not need a “remedial” course. A “remedial” course means that you are not quite ready for college. You may be required to sit (pay) and take the course, often WITHOUT credit. Yuck. So, why put yourself in that situation? Also, if you write fabulous, proofread, interesting college admission essays, yet your essay score seems low, then the admissions officer may become suspicious about WHO actually penned those essays.

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