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McKinney SAT Prep Tutors

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  • 1 year in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ahsan M.
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Experience with Mr. Lacara starts much before the first class. He gave the name of couple of books that he will be using and asked the children to do a test before his visit. He then sat down with my children and analyzed their performance on the test and was able to guide them accordingly. We are looking forward to more help from him in improving the scores on SAT/ACT. He is a well organized person and brings lot of value to the table. My children are grateful to him.

  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Chris D.
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My son actually became proactive between sessions beginnimg to seek preparation options for his SAT. Something he had not previously done. A refreshing change brought on by his assigned Tutor. Thank you for the help

  • 8 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Eryn P.
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Brian helped me prepare for both the SAT and ACT. We talked about how to break down the test so that I was not so overwhelmed. He and the company were very helpful.

  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Krista C.
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Excellent ACT/SAT tutor I was referred Dr. Reetika by another mom from my sons class. She truly helped shape his career. She helped my son to prepare both for ACT and SAT to identify which works better for him. In the end my son took both the exams and did well on them. There were times that I had difficulty keeping him accountable but Reetika had a good balance of being a tutor and sounding board for my advice. I recommend Reetika to anyone needing help in test prep or honors classes of their kid

A For Exams
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Luyen T.
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"A patient, intuitive and smart tutor who really connects with me" Sandeep is an expert. He exceeded my expectations. If you want the best and if you want the best results, go with Sandeep. Sandeep is an excellent tutor. He was extremely thorough and quickly found my weaknesses. he was extremely valuable when he focused on my weak points and we worked together to improve them. He also helped me write, edit and proofread my college applications, essays, resume and cover letter. I had a wonderful experience with Sandeep. I really enjoyed my sessions with him. He is brilliant and he connected with and engaged me and truly made SAT prep fun and positive for me. I was also looking for someone to help me write my personal statement for my college apps and to polish up my cover letter and resume. I was looking for someone with excellent writing skills. Sandeep knows how to how to present my strengths in my essays and applications. I also worked with Sandeep remotely for a while (phone, emails & fax) and that saved a lot of time. Since Sandeep's rate is on the higher side, I did not work with him initially, but after working with him, I know he's totally worth it. Having worked with other tutors in the past, I can say that Sandeep is the tutor and writer you need if you are looking for the best. Don't wait.

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American Teacher / Tutor
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Zachary T.
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10/10 stars!

  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Lew M.
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Meanie is a suitable SAT Tutor.

Test Maven
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Christa M.
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My daughter is learning and enjoys the sessions; I like the flexibility and easy communication. We started SAT prep early & this is a perfect fit.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ethan J.
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I have never used a tutor before, so I was apprehensive to use one recommended to me by my fellow student for my ACT. Having sat them before I really needed help to ensure I could raise my score. So I engaged Chelsea International. I am flipped over by the level of support I have received from them as a student and now realize what my friend was talking about, no wonder he was always doing so well. My ACT score came in above average at a 28 and I am really pleased. Thank you!

A to Z College Prep
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Min L.
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I heard about Mrs. Zhong and Mrs. Aguirre from a friend of mine and sent my kid to their SAT summer sessions. They not only helped to increase my son's SAT score by 300+ points, but more importantly his confidence level for Math and English were boosted. Both teachers are very knowledgeable and passionate; we were so fortunate to have found them!..

  • 8 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria D.
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Michelle is such a caring, and genuinely understanding person and tutor! I went into SAT tutoring scared and now I take the test in November and I'm feeling ten times more confident about it. I can really tell I have improved since the beginning of our sessions and I owe it all to her, she truly is amazing. Over time we really have developed a friendship and I am so excited to see how I do on the test!

Trinity Tutor
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Bridget S.
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Before finding Brittany, our family had gone through six other tutors and tried a few different agencies. My daughter Maggie had not done well on her SAT and had struggled in math as well. Brittany worked with her over eight weeks to cover each section in depth and really helped her to understand the material. My daughter retook the test and her score improved 370 points! Brittany has so much experience and is so great at working with our daughter to get to the root of the problem. We recommended her to all of our friends with children in high school. If you need help with test prep for your students, she is the tutor for you! Brittany made Maggie feel so comfortable and helped her so much with understanding the material, that we kept her on as a weekly tutor for math and chemistry. She is such a bright and compassionate young girl, we feel so thankful to have her in our lives!

Christian Cottage Prep
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Grayson H.
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My experience with Mrs. Willis at Christian Cottage Prep changed my life for the better. There was alot of work every day in subjects like math and English, which felt cumbersome at the time. However, now I am in highschool and suddenly I'm the kid everyone is trying to copy off of. It's difficult to fail with this program because Mrs. Willis gives you 1 on 1 attention with every lesson. Even if you fail an assignment, she will tutor you on the side until you completely understand the material on it and she'll even let you make it up. I'm not going to pretend that there werent days I finished my homework and didnt see the sun in the sky. But thanks to all that work in Algebra 1, I have a better grasp in math class and I dont have to strain as hard as others do to understand what my Pre Cal teacher is saying. I also have to give Mrs. Willis credit for my PSAT scores, the colleges that saw my PSAT scores and are still blowing up my email, and that my writing skills are above 98% of Juniors nationwide. Thats not my ego talking, thats what the PSAT said. My ego would tell you I'm above 98% of seniors world-wide. Christian Cottage Prep is a prepratory school that left me well prepared for highschool, college, and life. And while Mrs. Willis wasn't my favorite teacher, she was the best teacher I've ever had.

  • 8 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley Z.
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I went to David Burk for SAT Math tutoring for my son. He was a junior at the time and needed to improve his SAT score in order to get into UNT. He had around a 1350 when we started with David. We only had about 3 months to get the tutoring in before the big test. I can say after tutoring with David for once weekly, my son made a 1650 on his SAT Score and can now get into UNT, yay! I think the results were AMAZING and would HIGHLY recommend David to anyone needing any type of math tutoring. My son's personality takes a special kind of person in order for tutoring to be successful. And my son really grasped the material from David. That in itself is a huge compliment to David! Thanks again David! Will definitely recommend to anyone in need of math tutoring!!!

  • 20 years in business
Liam M.
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Fantastic experience. Bri is incredible. Lots of patience and insanely smart. Highly recommend to anyone else needing tutoring/test prep in the Dallas area!!! Thanks for your help, couldn’t have done it without you!!

Michael Jordan College Prep
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Rhonda F.
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AMAZING! Michael is a master at teaching the fundamentals in how to take the ACT or Sat exams. He methodically goes over in a pragmatic way what tools can be used to be successful at taking these exams. He is a delight and very good at what he does. Highly recommend him!

Dylan's SAT Tutoring
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Kevin A.
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Dylan Nguyen was absouloutely spectacular to engage with during my SAT training process. He is very clear in expressing how to tackle difficult problems but can also aid with easy problems. Dylan covers the whole spectrum and delivers results if you are willing to listen. He is consistent in his training and has the expertise to put you over the top.

  • 23 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
James L.
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Dr. Fikar is extremely knowledgeable of the SAT and Subject tests, quite detailed with his approach and study materials, and patient with his teaching. While my son has yet to take the exam, I feel confident with Dr. Fikar guiding him toward the test date. Yes, he is expensive, but I believe the sessions will be well worth it. Highly recommended.

Rob's Tutoring Academy

New To Thumbtack

  • 5 years in business
About

Our tutors are highly educated and experienced in dealing with students of all ages. They will tailor a specific learning strategy to each individual. Our highly qualified tutors work with students to improve and ultimately master skills such as the following: - reading comprehension - spelling - grammar - punctuation - sentence structure - parts of speech - creative writing - literary analysis - research papers - critical writing - SAT/ACT prep - PSAT - STARR - GMAT - GRE - LSAT and more I also offer editing and proofreading.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

6 Quick Facts about Miss Gabby's Private Tutoring: 1) One on One Tutoring (North Dallas) and Skype Tutoring available for SAT/ACT, English, AP English exams, Reading skills 2) All study materials, including SAT/ACT, are provided by me 3) Competitive hourly rates 4) Only official released tests for prep 5) Summer reading lists for all ages 6) Proven track record of score increases for ACT/SAT and English, reading, writing grades

Vanguard College Prep

New To Thumbtack

  • 4 years in business
About

We take the stress out of test prep; instead of teaching students how to “hack the test,” we equip them with the fundamental skills of critical thinking, communication, and collaboration to enhance their understanding and problem solving skills in all domains. Students can start our customized program as early as 7th grade and as late as 11th grade (12th graders enroll on a case-by-case basis only). At Vanguard, our mission is to enable the future leaders of the globalized world to meet their full potential. We commit to providing meaningful and encompassing college preparation that regards each student as an individual.

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.

When should you start preparing for the SAT?

It’s never too early to start preparing for college entrance exams, but professional tutors recommend a baseline of at least three months before the test. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is the gold standard for college admissions, and SAT prep is important for doing well. Your child’s SAT scores will have a major effect on which colleges send acceptance letters. Professional tutors can work with your kids to coach them on how to take the SAT, as well as studying the actual academic content. Doing well on the SAT is as much about knowing the right test-taking strategies as about having a firm grasp of the subject matter.

To understand your student’s readiness for the SAT, they can take the pre-SAT (PSAT) starting in their sophomore year. SAT prep can be structured around the student’s PSAT scores, so tutors can address any challenges and weak subject areas. If your child has their sights set on an Ivy League or elite school, SAT prep with a tutor or study program should start at least six months before the test. Vocabulary is a key element of the student’s SAT preparation and success. The national average rate for SAT prep tutoring is $70 per hour.

What is in the SAT test?

As your child is preparing for the SAT, it’s helpful to know the specifics of the test. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is made up of three main categories and one optional essay. Students have a total of three hours to take the test, with an additional 50 minutes for the optional essay. In total, there are 154 questions. During SAT prep, it’s helpful to take timed practice exams to understand how you’ll do during the actual test. Here is a brief overview of each of the four categories:

  • Reading: 65 minutes with 52 questions. The Reading test measures command of evidence, words in context, analysis in history and social studies, and analysis in science.
  • Writing and Language: 35 minutes with 44 questions. The Writing and Language test covers the same topics as Reading, as well as expression of ideas and standard English conventions.
  • Math: 80 minutes with 58 questions. The Math test looks at the student’s understanding of algebra, problem-solving and data analysis, and advanced math in the context of fluency, conceptual understanding, and applications.
  • Essay (optional): 50 minutes with 1 essay. The essay will demonstrate the student’s competency with writing, analysis and reading.
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