Our Process

The first step is to set up an initial consultation. Our director will meet personally with the student and their family, and based on their individual needs, determine which tutor is the best fit and set up an individualized tutoring plan. If a student is preparing for a standardized test, we will have the student take a full diagnostic exam, and set up a session to go over that exam and set realistic, aggressive goals for improvement. If it’s academic tutoring, we will diagnose any issues and concerns the student has, set goals, and determine the best way to go about accomplishing those goals. We also provide College Essay help and general guidance counseling to help families navigate the challenging college application process.


Our tutors bill hourly, in thirty minute increments to provide customization (the minimum session length is one hour). Academic tutoring sessions typically last anywhere from 1-3 hours, and test prep sessions are typically 90 minutes long. Hourly rates vary depending on the subject of the session and the experience level of the tutor – please contact us directly for more information about scheduling and pricing.


When should my son or daughter start preparing for the SAT/ACT exams?

Students typically take the SAT and ACT exams for the first time in the spring of their Junior year, and again in the fall of their Senior year. We recommend students start preparing for the exams at the start of their Junior year, so that they peak at the right time and are prepared to conquer the test when it is time for them to take it. That said, every student is different, and students who achieve high scores on their PSATs and initial diagnostics will be encouraged to take the test as early as January of their Junior year, if they feel ready.

What kind of a score increase can we expect?

While we do not guarantee score increases, we are confident you will be happy with your child’s results. The first step is for each student to take a diagnostic exam in the test they will be focusing on – after receiving their scores, the tutor will go through the results with the student and parents and help them set realistic, aggressive goals for improvement. Our process is tried and true; students who put forth effort, consistently show up to tutoring sessions, and complete assigned homework will make huge strides almost immediately and achieve scores they can be proud of.

Which test should my son/daughter take?

The SAT and ACT tests are accepted by all colleges and universities in the United States, and are essentially interchangeable. There are some key differences between the two tests – the ACT is divided into four sections, while the SAT has ten, and the ACT includes a science component – and they are scored differently (the ACT out of 36, the SAT out of 2400), but each is sufficient for the college application process. We recommend students take a diagnostic exam in each test, and choose to focus on the test they feel more comfortable with.

What is going on with the new SAT?

In March of 2016, the College Board will switch to a new, redesigned SAT. The test will include only two sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math, and will be scored on a 400 to 1600 point scale, with an optional essay. Only students in the class of 2016 (and younger) will have to take the new test, and students in the class of 2016 will have the option of taking and submitting the old test as long as it is completed by January of their Junior year. We are confident our tutors will be able to help students achieve the same outstanding results on the redesigned test as they would on the old SAT.

To learn more, click here: The New SAT