As part of my application to UW Academy during 10th grade, I took the February 2014 ACT and received an ACT score of 35 (99.7th percentile). Since then I've gained a deep understanding of how the SAT and ACT work. I tailor completely individualized SAT/ACT lessons for every student, teaching the specific techniques and strategies that will work best for each student. I've helped all of my students meet or exceed their target scores.
I currently offer the following SAT/ACT lesson packages:
1. Focused: 12 hours of lessons, 4 hours of exam proctoring ($750). Best if you:
- Want to focus on specific parts of the exam
- Are aiming for a significant score improvement
- Would like to spend less than 2 months on preparation
2. Comprehensive: 24 hours of lessons, 8 hours of exam proctoring ($1300). Best if you:
- Wish to cover all sections of the exam comprehensively
- Are aiming for a maximal score improvement
- Have at least 2 months to prepare
Individual lessons are $70/hour.
Free College Planning
For a limited time I'm offering free college planning when you purchase an SAT/ACT lesson package. You will receive 2 hours of free college planning with Focused Academy, or 4 hours of free college planning with Comprehensive Academy. During college planning sessions, I will be working with students and parents to solve some of the critical questions within the college admissions process:
- What should I be doing during high school?
- Which colleges should be my reach, safety, and target schools?
- How many colleges should I apply to?
- Which colleges will I have the best culture fit with?
- Which colleges will help me most with my career aspirations?
- What is my expected cost of attendance at various colleges?
- Which schools will be financially feasible for my family?
- How competitive is my major? What is the chance, once I'm in college, that I get accepted into my major?
To achieve large score improvements on the SAT and ACT, it is imperative for students to do the homework. Score improvements of 5+ on the ACT and 200+ on the SAT are a regular occurrence when students complete all of the homework I assign to them. To this end, I ask that students and parents treat SAT/ACT preparation as the top academic concern while they are engaged in it. Let's do some math:
- I recommend 12 to 24 hours of SAT or ACT tutoring for most students.
- I assign approximately 2 to 3 hours of homework for every hour of SAT or ACT tutoring, which is 24 to 72 total hours of homework.
- That comes out to 36-96 total hours spent on SAT/ACT preparation, which should result in a substantial boost to a student's SAT or ACT score.
OK. Now, here are the things that colleges care about most:
- Maintaining a high GPA and taking challenging courses during high school (45%)
- SAT and/or ACT scores (25%)
- Extracurriculars (15%)
- Application essays (15%)
If we assume that high school students spend on average 7 hours a day physically present at school, as well as 1.5 hours a day on homework, for 180 days a year, for 4 years, we calculate that the typical high school student spends approximately 6,000 hours on high school. And depending on the commitment, students spend anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand hours on extracurriculars.
SAT/ACT preparation is the quickest and most straightforward way to improve a student's chances of acceptance to any and all colleges. Students who prioritize test preparation (by doing all of the assigned homework) will realize their goals.
In the table below I compiled the cost of private tutoring for some of the main national and local companies.