Essay Test Preparation

Are you dreading the ACT’s optional essay? Are you nervous about approaching the task? Cathy Colglazier is ready to help!

If your college requires the essay portion of the ACT, you will want to practice this type of timed writing before you take the exam. Ms. Colglazier, a former FCPS English teacher and AP instructor, will give you necessary information about the types of prompts you might encounter, assess and improve your grammar and punctuation, and guide you to be more strategic and engaging in your writing style.

In the two sessions, you will practice writing two to three different prompts. Each prompt will be done at home, alone, and within the 50 minute time frame. Ms. Colglazier will read and analyze your effort prior to your first session where you will go over her comments and spend time fully understanding any writing issues regarding diction, syntax, punctuation, and organization. For your second session you will prepare one or two prompts, ideally focusing on some of the issues you discussed with Ms. Colglazier in the first session.

Cost is $390 for the two virtual sessions and essay critiques. If you wish more practice, you can arrange for another session with a new prompt.

Ms. Colglazier can also edit additional prompt efforts without a virtual session — just providing comments — for an additional fee of $75 per essay.

It is important to note that you can take the essay portion of the exam only when you are taking the full SAT/ACT. Be sure to find out if your college requires the essay test before you sign up for the exam.



Contact Cathy Colglazier at 703-628-2348 or



Kate Dalby
Inspiring Test Preparation, Inc.
PO Box 68
Oakton, VA 22124-0068
Cell/text: 703-203-5796