Rich's teaching methods undoubtedly opened my eyes to what the ACT exam actually was. Things that I considered to be trivial and obvious turned out to be essential game makers when I walked in to take the test.  He exemplified self-confidence and brought me to my full potential by guiding every step of the way and showed me how to reach the peak of perfection. Before I was enlightened by Rich; highest I scored on my ACT was a 24. After, I walked into the exam confident and ecstatic. I am proud to say that with Rich's help, I scored a 31 on my ACT.
- Westerville Central senior

I had a great experience working with the Smiths. Not only did I learn new strategies that prepared me for the ACT (to raise my score to a 31), but my confidence in my test-taking abilities also improved. Their kind and encouraging nature made me feel right at home. I am so thankful for their help!
--Grace, a high school junior

Rich and Kristy's approach was very friendly yet professional.  They have so much knowledge in all aspects of the college process and were able to convey that to us.  They helped our son position himself and achieve acceptance to the most selective college in Ohio, one we knew was a real stretch.  We are so grateful for their help in accomplishing something we never could have done alone.
- mother of DeSales senior

I really appreciate everything you have done for me! I am a terrible test taker and for you to help me increase 5 points is amazing! Thanks again for everything!
Sydney, h.s. senior

My experience with College Smiths was valuable to my college and scholarship application process. With their guidance I was able to write a successful college essay and format a unique resume that successfully showcased my personality, talents, and interests.  I'm very grateful for their support and instruction that has helped me to achieve my admission/scholarship goals!

-- Sarah, Upper Arlington H.S. Senior

Rich has been instrumental in the college preparation process for our daughter.  He has provided us with the attentive guidance necessary to secure her a position at a division one school playing field hockey.  Rich had a steady plan which involved preparing our daughter for testing, exposing her to many schools that fit her criteria and then applying to the schools in an effective format.  As a result she was accepted to every school that she had applied, and then was able to commit to her first choice school!
-- Mother of Alice, another UAHS senior

Kristy and Rich Smith have been so helpful to my high school senior.  She was struggling with the reading portion of the ACT and with a few one-on-one classes, her reading score improved and her composite ACT score went up a total of 3 points.  Because of this intervention, Kim was selected to be part of the scholarship competition at Wittenberg University for a full tuition scholarship.  Rich and Kristy both coached her so she arrived at the competition ready and confident. 
-- Mary, teacher and mother of Kim, Thomas Worthington senior

I just checked my ACT scores, and I'm pleased to let you know that I raised my score by two points and got a 33!   Thank you for your tutoring.  It was very helpful in focusing me on what I needed to do. 
Jack, h.s. senior

We valued the time we spent  with Rich.   He was supportive and encouraging.  He also provided helpful insights into essay writing and the admissions process.   We felt he was available when we had questions.
--  Elizabeth, mother of Doug, recipient of full scholarship

Our evaluations for recent Realistic ACT Prep Workshops averaged 1.1 on a four-point scale with 1 being the highest. When asked if there was something we could do to improve it, most students said "NO."   Some of the comments (when asked what they liked most) are included below:
-- "Everything"
-- "perfect length,
-- "great strategies" (many students)
-- "I loved all the info I got. It made me a lot more organized"
-- "the materials"
-- "I will definitely sign up for the SAT Workshop next month"
-- "the pacing activities and breaking down each question to understand it better"
-- "the ways to attack the reading and science"
-- "relaxing, very nice instructors"
-- "the English and math concepts they make sure you know"
-- "I had no clue before this workshop, now I'm very confident"
-- "very thorough, and a very good use of my time"

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