Best Test Prep Tutors
in Washington DC

Why These Test Prep Tutors?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Washington DC Test Prep Tutors on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

A Plus Success

Serving DC area students, A Plus Success offers SAT and ACT test prep. The company uses diagnostic tools and a skills-based education program, offering individual learning programs, test-taking strategies, writing practice, and real practice tests. Their program was developed by educators and is based on 20 years of experience, designed to help students do well on standardized tests and in college classrooms. Tutors at A Plus Success are certified by the program and undergo thorough background checks.

Springfield, VA 22150


Bill Jackson

Bill Jackson is an independent tutor, SAT and ACT prep teacher, and study skills specialist based in Bethesda. His Ultimate SAT class focuses on building basic test-taking skills, including recognizing and re-explaining the basic argument, reading comprehension, logic, keywords, time management, and writing. With 15 years of tutoring experience, Bill is comfortable helping students who have learning disabilities. His class sizes are small and he is also available for the PSAT and the SSAT.

Bethesda, MD 20816


Breakthrough Test Prep

Breakthrough Test Prep provides personalized help for students taking the SAT, ACT, PSAT, SSAT, or ISEE in the DC area. They begin with a unique diagnostic test to assess each student that allows the tutors to predict their optimal score and develop a personalized learning plan. Breakthrough tutors have 40 years of experience and the company promises that students will both raise their test scores and perform better in the classroom.

Capital Educators

Capital Educators has been recognized by the Washington Post and other local publications for its high quality tutoring service, which it has provided to students along the Washington-Baltimore corridor since 1997. They offer classes for SAT prep, SAT Subject test prep, and ACT prep that include diagnostic tests, targeted learning strategies, test-taking tips, skill-building, and more.

Rockville, MD 20852


College Prep

College Prep helps parents and students navigate the college application and admissions process, specializing in admissions test preparation and individual counseling. They promise small class sizes and offer extra help with the SAT reasoning test, SAT subject tests, SAT strategy and time management, the ACT, the PSAT, the NMSQT, and AP tests. College Prep has worked with local DC students, out-of-state students, and international students in tutoring centers in Burke and McLean for more than 20 years.

Chantilly, VA 20151


DALBY Inspiring Test Prep

DALBY Inspiring Test Prep offers instruction for admissions tests and academic subjects from their McLean office and online. They have a range of class packages available for the SAT, the ACT, the PSAT, the TJ entrance exam, the SSAT, the ISEE, and the HSPT, as well as single-day workshops and drills. The founder of DALBY has specialized in test prep since 1985, and most of her tutors have advanced subject degrees, real-world experience, teaching experience, and teaching credentials.

McLean, VA 22101


Educational Connections Inc.

Educational Connections Inc. provides DC area students with individualized, in-home test prep tutoring in Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland. Their goal is to build up student confidence while preparing them for the SAT, ACT, new SAT, or SSAT. Most of their tutors have Master’s degrees and are former teachers. Educational Connections uses a diagnostic test to determine which standardized test is best for the student, then matches each student with a tutor who can address specific areas of improvement. The custom learning program targets content review, test-taking strategies, and practice tests, and parents receive progress reports after each session.

Excel Tutorial Learning Center

Specializing in educational summer camps and after-school learning enrichment programs, Excel provides in-home or in-center test prep tutoring to students near their Capitol Heights office. All of their tutors are certified teaching professionals and qualified for SAT, ACT, GED and AP subject test prep. The tutors work to identify and build up the weak spots in each student’s academic ability, and strive to foster confidence.

Capitol Heights, MD 20743


Georgetown Learning Centers

Founded in 1998, Georgetown Learning Centers work to build relationships between students and tutors that help build confidence and nurture academic achievement. Their exam prep courses provide personalized instruction and result in an average increase of 260 points. Their SAT and ACT prep instructors are all full-time professionals who are available for a range of in-class and private tutoring options.

Langley Prep

Langley Prep offers private in depth skype-based and in-person coaching for students who are serious about maximizing their scores to their full potential. The founder interviews all potential students to make sure they are a right fit for the program, as Langley Prep isn't for students who aren't willing to put in the work. Langley Prep offers an initial consultation to identify a student’s particular needs, develop a personalized learning approach, and keep parents informed with regular progress reports. Parents and students have praised Langley Prep for providing patient, resilient, and effective test prep tutoring.

Learning Zone Tutoring Service

Serving Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia students, Learning Zone Tutoring Services has 30 years of experience with subject tutoring and test prep. They offer in-home tutoring tests that include the SAT, ACT, MCAT, DAT, as well as SAT and ACT subject tests. Their tutors are all real-world professionals with advanced degrees in their areas of teaching and are available for students of all ages, including undergraduate and graduate students.

Rockville, MD 20904


Marks Education

Bethesda tutoring service Marks Education offers full-time tutors and customized materials to students preparing for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and many other US standardized test. They provide a test prep plan based on each student’s ability and learning style, breaking down the test into sections, and teaching stress and anxiety management techniques. Students are given frequent practice tests and parents are updated after every four sessions. They also provide extensive college counseling services.

Bethesda, MD 20814


Math 4 Teens

Math 4 Teens was founded by a graduate of the Israel Institute of Technology with a PhD in Biotechnology. His tutoring program focuses on math skill development to improve classroom performance as well as admissions test scores. Available seven days a week, Math 4 Teens provides private, in-home instruction on the quantitative sections of the PSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and Accuplacer.

Rockville, MD 20852



Based in Virginia, NovaStar provides expert tutor-student matching out of their team of over 300 tutors for test prep and subject instructions. They have flexible scheduling options and their tutoring sessions are personalized and one-on-one. Their test prep instruction covers handling emotional strain, anxiety, time management, and reasoning, as well as skill build-up and testing strategy. They are available to tutor students preparing for the ACT, SAT I and II, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, GED, and CPA.

Optimal SAT Prep

Since 1993, Optimal SAT Prep has offered results-oriented tutoring for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT through the Tripathi Learning and Enrichment Center in McLean. They focus their instruction on math problem solving, critical reading, grammar, and essay writing. They help students identify their strengths and weaknesses, emphasizing confidence-building rather than teaching tips and tricks. Their class sizes are typically between three and eight students, and are available for one-on-one instruction.

Potomac Oak Tutoring

SAT and ACT prep classes at Potomac Oak Tutoring are taught by the company’s founders, who are education professionals with thousands of hours of tutoring and subject specialty experience. The company is focused on college admissions, and many of their students have been accepted to top-tier and Ivy League schools. They offer private test prep, and students can begin taking SAT and ACT classes in their freshman year of high school.

Prime Learning Center

Prime Learning Center, formerly the Elite Academy, helps prepare students for college through test prep, academic tutoring, and admissions counseling. The tutors offer in-class or one-on-one instruction for elementary through graduate-level students in a range of tests, including the SAT, ACT, TJ, SAT subject tests, and AP tests. They also work with students preparing for the SSAT, the TOEFL, and the GRE. Prime Learning Center has offices in Fairfax, Vienna, and McLean.

McLean, VA 22101


Young Scholars Circle

Vienna-based Young Scholars Circle employs a team of state-licensed teachers and curriculum designers who believe in teaching every student individually and uniquely. Young Scholars Circle offers small class sizes and individualized instruction that is based on continuing assessments of each child, focusing on the areas the child needs to learn and have reinforced, instead of a "one-size fits all" approach to learning. The owner and founder of Young Scholars Circle, Krishna Belino Cart, is a National Board Certified Reading Specialist with over 22 years of experience teaching. Krishna is also a member of the Governmental Relations Committee, International Reading Association (IRA) and serves as a panelist of ReadWriteThink.Org. Young Scholars Circle is accredited by the International Literacy Association, the National Education Association, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

McLean, VA 22102


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