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  • 4 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
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Susan S.
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Kathy was instrumental in helping our Senior HS daughter with key test-taking skills so that she could better her ACT testing results. Although she's an excellent student, our daughter finds college testing a challenge in areas such as science and reading. Together, they came up with a weekly strategy. They went over the incorrect answers to practice tests to find patterns and trigger words so they could identify problem sources. As importantly, Kathy encouraged our daughter and gave her the confidence and tools she needed to use the time wisely during these tests without getting anxious. She also made her accountable for studying during the summer - that's invaluable! We've very much enjoyed working with her and would recommend her to other students who might be challenged with ACT testing!

  • 4 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph Y.
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Ryan helped my son with SAT preparation. He is knowledgeable, professional and on time every class. My son did very well on his test. I highly recommend him to any student seeking professional help.

  • 7 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine A.
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I hired Lisa to tutor my daughter for her SAT prep. Her scores went up significantly and her writing component was very high. Lisa is an expert, educated and a great mentor.

Quantum Prep, LLC
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Cd P.
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Quantum Prep was excellent. My daughter had decent SAT scores but wanted to try to raise them. After a few sessions with her tutor, she could see that it was helping. She just received her scores and we are thrilled. Quantum Prep was worth every penny. _Austin Prep parent (Reading, MA.)

1600 Points
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lily G.
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Very accessible scheduling wise. Great explanations and approach to coaching, was really a great fit for me (working through the problems and analyzing why I made the wrong choice along with what makes the right one right) Wonderful advice and insight for the whole college and testing experience: what books to buy, tests to take, etc. Overall great person, great teacher, great experience, great results!!

Writing Tutors
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
James L.
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These guys are good. Brought up my practice test scores significantly and helping me with my college essay.

Solve by Skype Tutoring
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Sam M.
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Clare has been my math tutor for a year. She has given me the confidence to not be afraid that I will fail at my tests and also help me understand my homework. Plus we have fun! She gives me other web sites that I use to practice math. I like that we can Skype because she can answer my calls whenever I need her help.

MHD Tutoring
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Irene B.
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My name is Irene. Lena Lipatova tutored my two children. Lena is an excellent tutor and a great teacher. At the first session she gave a test to my kids to evaluate their knowledge. Based on the result of the test Lena planned her sessions to help them prepare for the SAT. She was very thorough in covering the subjects and answering questions. Lena was very patient providing explanations till my kids completely understood what they needed to do in order to improve their SAT scores. Lena gave my kids a lot of valuable tips. The result is: both of my kids significantly improved their SAT scores and eventually were accepted in good colleges, Babson College and University of New Hampshire. I would highly recommend Lena Lipatova as an excellent tutor.

from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Latisha H.
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She is great! I am preparing to take a placement test, and she was very knowledgeable. She was thorough, and patient with teaching. I am so happy to have found her. I feel much more confident about my exam!

Patrick M.
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Liz was extremely helpful with my LSAT prep. She was patient, gave great instruction, and really knows her stuff. Highly recommended!

  • 11 years in business
Sheila A.
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“I cannot thank you enough for your help with the test prep and admissions process. You have a sensitivity and a way of working with both parents and students that makes us all feel comfortable and supported. Not just anyone can do that. This is a huge process for all of us and I feel like a door has opened in a less stressful and informative way for us to constructively start tackling how to get him into college. Thank you.” SHEILA

  • 19 years in business
Christine D.
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Gary tutored my daughter for SAT prep early last fall and gave a boost to her confidence in just one session. He worked through practice questions with her and helped her get on track for self-study, including alerting us to upcoming changes in the SAT. We really appreciated his help.


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  • 1 year in business

Small group classes or one to one tutoring available. While I focus on the Writing, Reading and Essay sections of the exams, I work in tandem with a retired UNH mathematics professor, Ihab Farag. Together, we prepare students for all aspects of the SAT and/or the ACT.

  • 9 years in business

We understand our students and empathize with their frustrations. We understand learning is not about memorization and help students build lifelong study skills. We know every student has the capacity to achieve great things.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you study for the SAT?

Your SAT prep strategy can mean the difference between a great score and a mediocre score, as well as the difference between being accepted to or rejected by your school of choice. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is a college entrance exam that measures a student’s knowledge and understanding of what they have learned up to this point in school and what they need to succeed in college. In addition to arming students with the knowledge they need to excel in the math, reading and writing components of the test, SAT prep can help improve scores by teaching students crucial strategies for taking the test itself. Professional SAT prep tutors can work with students one-on-one or in group sessions. Typically, tutors recommend that students who are comfortable and caught up with their regular schooling begin SAT prep at least three months before the test. If you’re targeting an elite school, six months before the test is a good time to begin. Students who are behind in school are advised to start early to ensure they’re caught up and feeling confident in all the relevant subjects. Suggestions for long-term SAT prep include taking challenging high school courses, completing all homework assignments, preparing for class tests and quizzes, and participating in class by asking and answering questions. There are free SAT prep training tools online; for those who’d like a one-on-one tutor to take them to the next level, the national average rate is $70 per hour.

How do I prepare for the GMAT?

If you’re thinking of enrolling in graduate school to earn your MBA, it’s time to start thinking about preparing for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Working with a GMAT tutor is for many people a wise investment to help you strengthen the academic areas you may be weak in and improving your overall test score. A GMAT prep tutor should teach you not only the kind of information you need to know for the test, but the best test-taking strategies. The GMAT tests you on four categories: quantitative, verbal, integrated reasoning, and an analytical writing assessment. Cramming is probably not going to give you good results for this standardized test; give yourself between two and six months to prepare, focusing on your most challenging areas first. Successful GMAT prep means planning ahead and studying thoroughly. Those students who reported studying under 75 hours were more likely to score 400 or lower on the test, while students who studied 121 hours or more were more likely to score 700 or higher on the test. Hiring a GMAT prep tutor can range in price from under $50 to over $200 per hour.

What is ACT test prep?

The ACT is a college entrance exam taken by students (typically in their junior year of high school) to determine admission eligibility and merit-based scholarship eligibility. The test may be taken as many times as desired and is not limited to high school juniors. Originally the acronym stood for American College Testing, but now ACT is the stand-alone name. ACT prep is a way for students to strategically prepare for test-taking. ACT prep helps students improve scores, practice taking the test, learn test-taking strategies, and improve material comprehension. Students can get help with ACT prep tutors in one-on-one sessions, via group tutoring lessons, in online self-study programs, or online with a tutor in video calls. The ACT test covers:

  • English
  • Science understanding and reasoning
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Writing essay (optional)

How do you prepare for the ACT?

The ACT is a universally accepted college readiness exam. There are multiple ways to prepare for the exam. One-on-one ACT prep tutoring is one of the most effective ways for students to ready themselves for the test. A tutor who specializes in ACT prep will coach the student on the type of material they can expect while also working specifically with topics that are more challenging for that particular student. Group tutoring sessions are a more cost-effective way to reap the benefits of an ACT prep instructor; a suggestion is to gather a group of four friends or classmates to share the cost. Professional tutors often recommend that test prep begin approximately three months prior to the exam. Cramming — unfortunately — doesn’t provide the same score results as consistent study, test-related homework, and practice exams do. Weekly two-hour learning sessions are what many pro tutors suggest for their college exam prep students. For top test-taking performance, tutors usually provide work throughout the week and the weekly session is used to cement knowledge and address weak areas. Math is a hard topic for most students, so plan accordingly.

How long does it take to prepare for the GMAT?

Pros recommend planning to spend two to six months for GMAT prep. The test itself is only 3.5 hours long, but your score will have a major effect on what schools grant you admission. If you’d like to be considered for one of the top-tier schools, it’s recommended to score at least a 700. Your goals for your MBA can help drive your GMAT prep. GMAT tutors will guide your study plan and help analyze your strengths and weaknesses. GMAT tutors also offer professional guidance and insights on strategic GMAT test-taking. Avail yourself of free GMAT prep software that provides sample test questions for you to practice. The creators of the GMAT recommend creating a structured study plan detailing when you will study each day and what topics you will study during each session. Take into account what style of learning works best for you (solo study, one-on-one tutoring, group tutoring, study groups, prep courses) and proceed accordingly. The test is made up of these four categories, each with an allotted time:

  • Analytical writing assessment: 1 topic, 30 minutes.
  • Integrated reasoning: 12 questions, 30 minutes.
  • Quantitative: 37 questions, 75 minutes.
  • Verbal: 41 questions: 75 minutes.
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