Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long should a student tutor before taking the ACT or SAT?
I like to see a student for a minimum of 8 tutoring sessions before a test. But my schedule is flexible and students can schedule as many or as few sessions as they want or need.
2. What are your rates?
$65 per session (50 min long) for High School Math & Chemistry
$85 for 1 hour long session for ACT & SAT test prep
3. How often should a student tutor?
I usually recommend 1 session per week unless additional sessions are needed.
4. I already have the scores I need to get into my top-choice school. Why should I prep and take the test again?
Even if you have the scores you need to get into the college of your choice, a higher score can mean a better financial aid package.
5. Do all colleges and universities accept both tests for admissions?
Absolutely YES! Every college will accept either the ACT, the SAT, or test scores from both the ACT and the SAT.
6. Which test (ACT or SAT) should I take?
Most of my students take the ACT, however, I am happy to discuss with you the advantages of taking one test versus the other. Comparing the results from your PSAT and Pre-ACT can also be helpful in making this decision
NEW FOR 2024! College Board will now offering the Digital SAT. The test is shorter and allows more time per questions than the ACT. Click here for more info on the Digital SAT.
7. Why do you like the ACT better than the SAT?
Currently the only choices that students have are the paper SAT and ACT. Nine out of ten of my students prepare for the ACT. There are several advantages to the ACT: straightforward math questions, you can use your calculator for the whole math test, math only counts for 25% of your score and the passages are easier to understand than on the SAT.
However, next year the SAT will be shorter and completely digital. This will be an attractive option for many students. The will now be able to use their calculator on the entire Math section. Click here for more info on the Digital SAT.
8. Do I need to take the ACT with writing?
No! Colleges are no longer requiring this section.
9. Do you teach test prep tricks?
I teach content, test-taking skills and strategies. Most students need a review of math concepts in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability and statistics in addition to learning test-taking strategies and skills.
10. Can a student cancel his or her score if they had a really bad test experience?
Yes they can! Ask me for information on how this is done.
11. What are your typical results?
Results vary by student. In order for you to improve your score significantly you must be willing to put in 3-4 hours per week of at-home practice. Completing your homework and reflecting on the problems you got wrong is key to reaching your score goals. I keep data on my students and would be happy to share their range of score improvement with you.