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Aim High Tutoring

El Cerrito, CA 94530
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Business Description

Aim High Tutoring is an El Cerrito business that has been serving the East Bay communities and the San Francisco Peninsula for over 17 years. Services include SAT I, ACT, PSAT, ISEE, SSAT, GRE, and SAT II subject test preparation. The test prep is also available in small groups. Aim High Tutoring provides kindergarten to grade 12 academic subject tutoring. Founder Christina Van Aken is the head tutor and is a graduate of Stanford University. Students appreciate their guidance, creativity, and their increased scores.

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4.0 / 5 (13)
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AJ Tutoring

Palo Alto, CA 94401
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AJ Tutoring is a Palo Alto business that has four locations and provides academic tutoring and test prep. Test prep is for tests such as the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, HSPT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, and AP. Academic tutoring is available in subjects such as science, English and literature, history, math, social science, foreign languages, science, and study skills. AJ Tutoring offers a free consultation. Parents appreciate their compassion, knowledge, and dedication.

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4.9
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5.0 / 5 (31)
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5.0 / 5 (11)
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4.2 / 5 (5)

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ESM

San Francisco, CA 94105
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ESM is a San Francisco business that has three locations and provides test preparation, tutoring, and college counseling services. The business has been serving students for over 16 years and provides test prep for the ISEE, HSPT, SSAT, ACT, SAT, SAT subject test, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and AP. College counseling includes application strategy creation, interview coaching, and help with the college essay. Students appreciate their guidance, accessibility, and customer service.

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5.0 / 5 (3)

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James Eno Tutorials

Berkeley, CA 94709
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James Eno Tutorials is a Berkeley business that has been serving students for over nine years. The business provides individual or small group SAT, ACT, PSAT, HSPT, SSAT, ISEE, and SAT subject test instruction. James Eno Tutorials provides instruction at students’ homes, at a coffee shop, and in the office. Students learn time management techniques as well as strategies for test taking. The tutors all have four-year degrees and scored well on their SAT and ACT tests. Parents appreciate their flexibility, punctuality, experience, patience, and knowledge.

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5.0 / 5 (3)

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New Coda

Burlingame, CA 94010
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New Coda is a Burlingame business that has been serving students in San Jose, Palo Alto, Hillsborough, Mountain View, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Gatos, San Francisco, and surrounding areas for over four years. The business provides one-on-one academic and test prep tutoring services. Academic tutoring is available in physics, geometry, precalculus, algebra, trigonometry, biology, English, history, and economics. New Coda provides test prep for the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE, and HSPT. Ryan has more than 10 years of tutoring experience. The other tutors have more than 20 years of combined tutoring experience. The tutoring can take place in the student’s home or in the office.

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Noe Valley Tutor

San Francisco, CA 94114
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Noe Valley Tutor is a San Francisco business that provides test prep and academic subject tutoring services. David Freeling has co-authored two guidebooks and offers homework help for elementary, middle school, and high school students, geometry, arithmetic, calculus, pre-calculus, algebra, vocabulary development, writing and editing skills, essay writing, college personal statements, and standardized test prep. Noe Valley Tutor provides test prep for the SAT, PSAT, ACT, SSAT, GMAT, GRE, PLAN, HSPT, ISEE, and COOP. David has a B.A. in Mathematics, has tutored hundreds of students, and has taught SAT prep classes for over nine years. Parents appreciate his prices, service, professionalism, and efficiency.

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Peter Baum

Palo Alto, CA 94303
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Peter Baum is a Palo Alto SAT tutor who has been serving students for over 27 years. He provides one-on-one tutoring for standardized tests in students’ homes. Tests include the SAT, PSAT, literature and math SAT II subject tests, and the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT. Peter is a Princeton graduate who takes the SAT every year. Students remark on his knowledge, expertise, reliability, and humor.

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Professional Tutoring by Matt Cohn

San Francisco, CA 94109
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Professional Tutoring by Matt Cohn is a San Francisco business that offers tutoring and test prep services. Matt works with children and adults and has over a decade of test prep tutoring experience. Individual and small group test prep for the SAT and ACT are available and small groups consist of two to six students who already know each other. He can also help with test prep for tests such as the GRE, ISEE, SSAT, CHSEE, SAT subject tests, GED, and CHSPE. Matt also provides help with academic subjects and the college admissions process. He has a B.A. with Honors in Psychology. Parents appreciate his professionalism, thoroughness, prices, and efficiency.

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4.5 / 5 (7)

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Sage Educators

Mill Valley, CA 94941
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Sage Educators is a Mill Valley business that has two locations and provides academic tutoring and test prep services. Academic tutoring is available in social studies, science, English, math, foreign languages such as German, Spanish, Latin, and French, and enrichment. Sage Educators provides test prep classes in the ACT, SAT, PSAT, HSPT, and SSAT. The SAT prep class has a maximum of 10 students, provides 28 hours of instruction, and three real practice tests. The ACT class provides 32 hours of instruction, and the SSAT class provides 12 hours of instruction and real SSAT questions to practice. Parents appreciate their efficiency, professionalism, friendliness, and knowledge.

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4.0 / 5 (15)
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5.0 / 5 (14)
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5.0 / 5 (6)
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Swell Education Group

San Francisco, CA 94129

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Swell Education Group is a San Francisco business that has been serving students for over 10 years. Services include academic tutoring, Skype tutoring, test anxiety coaching, sophomore consultations, custom trips, and test prep tutoring. Test prep tutoring is one-on-one for the ACT, SAT, PSAT, SAT subject tests, GRE, and SSAT. Students remark on their flexibility, the confidence they gained, and their results.

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TestCrackers

Berkeley, CA 94703
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TestCrackers is a Berkeley business that offers test prep services. Services include one-on-one tutoring and small GRE and GMAT prep classes. TestCrackers also offers verbal only and quant only courses. Office hours are available in which students can get help with their homework. Classes have a maximum of 12 students. Students appreciate their responsiveness, knowledge, and enthusiasm.

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5.0 / 5 (59)

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Tutorpedia, Inc.

Emeryville, CA 94608
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Tutorpedia, Inc. is an Emeryville business that has been serving students for over 11 years. The tutors have worked with more than 800 students and the business offers workshops, tutoring, and test prep. Test preparation is available for the SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests, PSAT, AP, GMAT, LSAT, GRE, MCAT, and other tests. One-on-one tutoring is available in any academic subject. Small group tutoring with two or three students is also available. Workshop subjects include world languages, science, math, test prep, visual arts, English, and performing arts.

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3.0 / 5 (2)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a test prep tutor worth the cost?

That depends on your learning style. If you’re a self-directed learner, then you may find that group classes and a self-study plan are sufficient. If you need additional help, then a private test prep tutor may be well worth the investment.

How much will a test prep tutor improve my score?

A good test prep tutor can help you improve your score, but it takes time and effort. You can expect to see gradual improvements over several months. An improvement of 100 points on the SAT is realistic, while an improvement of 200+ points is unlikely.

What materials will my test prep tutor use?

Your test prep tutor should use a standardized curriculum to ensure that all aspects of the test are covered. For best results, choose a tutor who uses the official materials produced by the testing organization and can adapt them to your learning style.

Will my test prep tutor use real test questions?

Ask your tutor which test questions they use. While third-party questions may look similar to the real thing, they shouldn’t replace questions from the actual test.

How will a tutor measure my progress?

Your test prep tutor should provide ongoing assignments and practice tests. Practice tests can help you get used to the pressure and time constraints of the real exam, and will help your tutor identify areas that still need improvement.

How long should I work with a test prep tutor?

A typical test prep timeline lasts for around three months, with one to two hours of tutoring per week. If you’ve worked with a tutor for longer than that and your test scores haven’t improved, consider trying a different tutor or test prep program.

Can a tutor help with test anxiety?

Yes. A big part of test prep is getting comfortable with the test format and being able to work under pressure. If test anxiety is an issue for you, look for a test prep tutor who focuses on building confidence and improving test-taking strategies.

Where do tutoring sessions take place?

Many private tutors can come to you, but may change extra if you’re outside of their local travel radius. Other tutors work out of a college campus or tutoring center, or offer online tutoring sessions via Skype or Zoom.

Do test prep tutors need a bachelor’s degree?

There’s no standard certification for tutors, so individual tutors may have a degree in almost any subject. However, most professional tutoring companies will only hire tutors with a bachelor’s degree and previous tutoring experience.

Do test prep tutors work with ESL students?

Yes, some test prep tutors are bilingual or have experience working with non-native speakers. They may also be able to help with the TOEFL or IELTS exams.

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