Two Minute Teacher - Efficiently Preparing Sudents for Their Biggest Test


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After our daughter took Pre-Calculus with Mr. Surver at MHS, we jumped at a chance for her to take a PSAT preparation class through the high school with Mr. Surver teaching the math portion. That preparation helped boost our daughter's PSAT score into the National Merit Commended range! When it was time to take the ACT, we booked a few one-on-one tutoring sessions with Mr. Surver - she scored a 36 on the ACT! We can't thank Mr. Surver enough for the way his coaching, support, and instruction gave our daughter the tools to show her strengths on the PSAT and ACT tests.

Thanks, Parent of MHS Student, Class of 2020

Iowa State University (ISU) offers three levels of automatic merit scholarships to incoming freshmen from Minnesota. To qualify for the max $32,000 award, my son needed a 28 on his ACT. Over the course of 18 months, he took in-person and online ACT-prep courses, read ACT-prep books and did numerous practice tests, but kept getting 26s on his ACT exams. After attempting to get a score of 28 four times, my son was just about ready to give up. Then, he watched David Surver's Two Minute Teacher ACT Course before taking his fifth ACT exam. To our delight, he finally got a 28 on his ACT and the max award from ISU! We highly recommend David Surver's course for anyone preparing to take the ACT exam for the first — or fifth — time!

~ Proud Minnetonka High School Parent

Going in, I was getting 28-30 composite score and 27 on science.  Afterwards, I got a 35 composite and 35 on science and math!  Overall, after working with Mr. Surver I felt more comfortable and confident in my test-taking abilities.


“I wanted to give a shout out for my son Andrew who took your class in June… Just got the results back, he went from a 24 last September to a 32 this September...He did work really hard studying… 

Thanks, Sandy.”

Mr Surver-

"I took the ACT prep class that you taught in June (2018) and I just got my scores back from the July ACT. I wanted to thank you and Mrs. Hitchcock for helping me improve my score drastically.

My composite score increased from 27 to 33."


"Mr. Surver's PSAT prep class both motivated me to put in the work to improve my score and placed me in a positive environment with other serious, driven students. The teachers' experience and test strategies combined with these other factors helped me become a projected national merit scholar semifinalist, and I can't even put a price on that. I would recommend the class to any student who's serious about improving their score and looking for help."


National Merit PSAT Fall Class - Offered both as an In Class or Home Study version.

Goal PSAT score of 1520 (top one half of 1% nationally)

I developed this course after seeing the tremendous difference it can make to achieve the honor of “National Merit Scholar.” I have two daughters – both of which got very high ACT scores. Both decided to go to the same college – but one scored a little bit better on the PSAT test and got a 4 year full ride scholarship because she got the National Merit designation – the other got a small scholarship, but the national merit was worth at least $50,000 more in scholarships at this school. All because of a couple points difference on one test in the fall of Junior year.
We ran this course last year to great success – seeing our numbers of national merit scholars jump about 40% from the year prior to this year!

This is a high-speed course developed specifically for Juniors (or overachieving Sophomores) who are already top students in Math and English and who want to improve their chances of becoming a National Merit Scholar finalist. This designation has in the past led to as many as 55 colleges offering these students a full ride (free tuition, room and board.) Since these students already have much of the base knowledge required for the test, this class will be focusing on how tackle some of the toughest questions, and teaching those extra few skills (like statistics that very few have had) that can move them from a great PSAT score to an amazing one.

Even if you don’t score high enough to get national merit, the material you’ll be studying is very similar to that of the high end questions from the ACT and SAT tests so you’ll be achieving two goals with one course. Some items that will be covered include: going over actual past test questions that have been tough for Minnetonka students, testing strategies, how to properly study on your own, confidence building, timed exercises, and what to do on the day before and the day of the PSAT to get in the zone. We record videos in case the student misses class – and they can watch it later at their leisure.

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"Hit Your Target" ACT Prep Class at MHS

FAll Course: Goal ACT 28-36

This amazing course was developed specifically for Minnetonka students.  We know the common weaknesses and strengths of our students and have tailored the course to meet the needs of students who already have a basic understanding of the material on the ACT. We pride ourselves on giving not just great strategy advice but we also teach content in english and math and science to get that leg up to master the ACT and help kids get in to selective colleges or get competitive scholarships.  In this score range, each ACT point gives students a significant advantage over other applicants.  We help kids move from a good ACT score to a great one.

Some items that will be included: diagnostic tests at the beginning and end of the course, strategies for certain sections, a laminated sheet that pulls together tons of math formulas all in one place, how to properly study on your own after this course, confidence building, help in dealing with time pressure, how to do specific types of problems on the ACT, a library of recorded videos to be watched at home in case the student misses class, real retired ACT practice problems done in class, take-home practice problems, and what to do on the day before and the day of the ACT.

Times don't work?  You can either take the class in a classroom at the times below, or join the dozens of kids who will choose a version of this class for students who would like to take the class through online videos and a prep book at their own pace.

Time and location: October 29, 31, November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Forum at MHS.

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Targeted Tutoring

Individual One on One Tutoring lock in your first 1 Hour session - Click Here.
Scheduled at a date and time that is mutually agreed upon.

Work with David Surver himself on the math and science portion of the ACT.  Nothing beats one on one attention for focusing in on individual needs.  David is a nationally board certified teacher who has tutored hundreds of hours prepping kids for the ACT test.  He won the Minnetonka Teacher of the year in 2014 and competed for Minnesota teacher of the year.  His passion for teaching shows through and kids grow quickly under his care.  One student from the class of 2018 improved from a 28 to a 34 using Mr. Surver for his Math and Science tutoring.  Two of his recent one on one students achieved a 35.  Will you become his first student with a 36?