The SAT is one of the most important exams – quite possibly the most important exam – that a person will ever take in their life. The final score that the student achieves will play a hefty role in deciding which colleges are attainable for the student, as well as which academic-based grants or scholarships they may awarded. This test also requires a great deal of preparation, which prompts many students to enlist the help of an SAT prep service.
It is not wise to enroll at the closest tutoring center and hope they have a good SAT program, or just hire whatever private tutor is available. Choosing a tutoring and test prep service should be a careful investment of both time and money, both of which are incredibly valuable to all of us, to ensure your student gets the best opportunity to do well on the SAT exam. It may well be necessary to visit several prospective tutoring services before making a final decision.
When evaluating test prep centers, look for these four positive traits.
They Have a Free SAT Diagnostic Test
Individual private tutors and most mom & pop independent tutoring centers don’t have a diagnostic test with a detailed report to show you how your student would currently score on the SAT. Only enroll your student at a prep center offering a free SAT Diagnostic and report to see where your student stands and where he or she needs to improve. That first step is critical to start the prep sessions at a level of difficulty matching your student’s needs.
They Use SAT Prep Study Material at Different Levels of Difficulty
SAT prep must be individualized to the needs of each student in order to achieve maximum improvement. A student scoring well on SAT Math, for example, needs to be given Level 3 difficulty questions and personalized tutoring on those most difficult problems. And if a student is scoring very low on SAT Verbal, then basic primer work and tutoring on Level 1 questions is needed to build a solid foundation before moving to more difficult passages. Most private tutors don’t have the resources to provide that level of focused instruction, and many larger test prep companies only do group classes, which don’t meet the needs of each individual student.
They’re Available When You Need Them
Most private tutors have full-time jobs, and are often unavailable when and where you need them for your student. And many larger test prep companies are closed on Sundays, or don’t have late evening classes during the week. Make sure the SAT prep center you’re considering is open weekday evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays when your student needs to attend. Find out if they offer both set scheduling and flexible scheduling, depending on your needs.
They Are Certified Tutors
Anyone can claim to be a good SAT prep tutor. But it takes extensive knowledge and training to be the best. Education One tutors are experts in their subject areas, trained in our curriculum, and are certified by the National Tutoring Association. When you sign up for SAT prep with us, you can be sure you’re getting the kind of professional tutoring service that your child needs to maximize their SAT score.