Reading Tutoring (K-12) & Test Prep

Parents looking for tutoring help for reading or ACT, SAT, High School Placement Test, or State Reading (K-12): Don’t let your child take another high-stakes, standardized test without reviewing this checklist first. This will help you know what kind of tutoring help you need to prepare him or her for success on:

  • College entrance exams like the ACT or SAT  (to get them into the college of their first choice and have a chance to win a scholarship!).
  • High School Placement Tests,
  • Any state or local reading test (K-12).
  • Improving reading skills for improved grades, and for all content area subjects.
  • Improve study skills, note-taking, and overall test-taking skills
  • Improve comprehension, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and even spelling and writing skills.

How-to Steps to Prepare for a Reading Test

Step #1: Read all the reading test directions for the ACT, SAT, HSPT, or State or Local Reading Test (K-12).

Step #2: Before reading the passage on the reading test, read the first multiple-choice test question.

Step #3: Decide what type of reading skill question it is.

Step #4: Read the reading test passage until you find the information that will help answer that question.

Step #5: Reread the multiple-choice question.

Step #6: Read each, one at a time, to eliminate trick choices. (Note: For a list of trick choices, see “How to Learn Anything Quickly: Quick, Easy Tips to Improve Memory, Reading Comprehension, Test-taking Skills, and Learning through the Brain’s Fastests Superlinks Learning Style.”


Step #7: After eliminating the tricks, double-check your choice by rereading the place in the reading passage to confirm your choice is correct.

Step #8: Then, select that answer as the correct one.

Step #9: Read the next question, and repeat, by continuing to read the passage until you find the place which will help you answer that question.

Step #10: Continue until all multiple-choice questions for that reading passage on the ACT, SAT,  HSPT, or any state or local reading test is complete.

Step #11: This process will save time in not having to keep reading the passage multiple times to find each answer.

These tips are a few strategies to do well on a reading test on a ACT, SAT, High School Placement Test (HSPT), or any state or local test from K-12. For more information on tutoring to learn more strategies, contact National Reading Diagnostics Institute, 1755 Park St., Ste. 200, Naperville, IL 60563. (630) 717-4221. Email:

For general information on reading help, tutoring, test prep, and improving reading comprehension, phonics skills, fluency, vocabulary, note-taking, study skills, spelling, writing, or content area reading: contact National Reading Diagnostics Institute, 1755 Park St., Ste. 200, Naperville, IL 60563, Tel: 630-717-4221; email: for tutoring help and test prep.

For your free checklist go to this page on this website: ” Download Your Free ACT/SAT/HSPT, or State Reading Test (K-12) Test-Prep Checklist.”

Bonus tip: Even if your child is in elementary or middle school, these high school tips will work for them on their state and local reading tests, so you can download anyway!


How to Prepare for the ACT or SAT

For tutoring help in the Chicagoland area and western suburbs, such as Naperville, Lisle, Wheaton, and surrounding areas, call (630) 717-4221. If you mention the checklist, you will receive 5% discount on a Superlinks or reading diagnostic test.