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. 

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2. What are your rates?

  • $65/hr for High School Math & Chemistry

  • $85/hr for ACT & SAT test prep

3. How often should a student tutor?

  • I recommend 1 hour per week. I do offer shorter sessions (30, 45 minutes) or longer if requested.

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.

7. Why do you like the ACT better than the SAT?

  • 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.

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.