Let me guess - you're smart, you get good grades, and you want to go to a good school. But now you have to take the SAT, ACT, or GRE, and you're not sure how to prepare. Or you've already taken the test and for some reason it didn't go that well.
We can help. We're not only here to help you kick the test in the face, but also to save you from using big company test prep, with its one-size-fits-all classes and inexperienced tutors.
What we do is personalize our tutoring to you, so that every session fits your specific needs. More importantly, you'll learn how to make as much progress as you can outside of tutoring sessions. High scores are a natural side effect.
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Hi! I'm Vince.
Test-prep is my career: I'm the founder here at Vince Kotchian Test Prep, and I've been tutoring and teaching classes for the SAT, ACT, and GRE full-time since 2008.
Personality-wise, I'm patient and friendly - and I have a sense of humor! At the same time, I expect hard work from my students - since for most, achieving high scores isn't a walk in the park.
Matt, Soph, Bridget, and I are experts at TAKING these tests, but more importantly, we're really good at explaining them in plain English.
Meet the Vince Kotchian Test Prep tutors:
Vince: I grew up in Connecticut and completed the honors program at Boston College, graduating with a B.A. in English literature. After living in Boston for many years, it dawned on me that life would be much better without wet, cold, five-month-long winters. I moved to San Diego in 2007 and I’ve been working full-time as a test-prep tutor and author ever since.
In my spare time, I like traveling using miles and points, reading fiction (my current favorite author is Karl Ove Knausgaard) and The Economist, performing improv and sketch comedy, playing Kentucky Route Zero, watching The Great British Bake-Off, hiking in the Pacific Northwest, and rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots. I live in the Kensington neighborhood with my fiancee and our crazy cat.
Vince tutors the SAT, ACT, and GRE (and teaches GRE classes).
Matt: I am originally from Hopkinton, Massachusetts - the start of the historic Boston Marathon. I went to college at Northwestern University, where I graduated with a degree in Theatre. After college, I wised up and moved to the warmer coast. I worked in Los Angeles for many years as a full-time SAT / ACT tutor and part-time arts educator. I have been tutoring for over 10 years and have spent thousands of hours helping students improve their scores. Recently, I moved to San Diego after getting a M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and I currently work as a credentialed classroom teacher.
When I’m not working, I enjoy good books, performing improv comedy, surfing, watching Game of Thrones, and enjoying the charms of San Diego. I live in North Park, where I love to get out and take advantage of all the delicious food in the area. I am also a huge Boston sports fan - the Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics are my favorite teams.
Matt tutors the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject tests, SSAT, and ISEE.
Soph: I grew up in San Diego and graduated from Westview High School in 2010. After initially thinking I'd study physics or science writing at UC Santa Cruz, I ended up studying Computer Science and Economics. My favorite job as an undergraduate was being the Head T.A. for a Discrete Mathematics class. After college, I traveled and lived in different parts of the U.S., including almost a year where I studied and worked at Harvard and Bowdoin colleges. In January 2017, I moved back San Diego and rejoined my family, which is composed of my mom, our vivacious Shiba Inu dog, and our elderly tabby cat.
Outside of tutoring, I coach tennis, play in women's open tennis tournaments, and spend a lot of time preparing colorful, plant-based meals. I love to swim in La Jolla Cove or hike in the Laguna Mountains. I live in Linda Vista, near the University of San Diego.
Soph tutors the SAT and GRE.
Bridget: I am a La Jolla native and a Bishop’s alumna, and I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley. While at Berkeley, I helped to create and T.A. for a popular interdisciplinary course titled ‘Sense and Sensibility and Science,’ which integrates physics, philosophy, and public policy. I have always enjoyed getting to know each of my student’s unique learning styles to determine the most effective way to improve their testing abilities and confidence in difficult coursework. Outside of studying and tutoring, I rowed crew, played club water polo, and wrote as a university journalist.
After Berkeley, I spent time at the University of Queensland, camping across the South Island of New Zealand, and at a medical device incubator in Silicon Valley. I am grateful to live close to family, and love to spend time with them at dog beach, hiking Torrey Pines, or perusing local farmers markets.
Bridget tutors the SAT, ACT, Math, Biology, and College Writing.
In addition to writing test-prep books, I've also authored GRE, ACT, and SAT video courses for Lynda.com. Here's a sample video from my GRE course:
I also have a la carte GRE courses available on PrepEd.
And here's a quick hello from me and a former ACT tutoring student.
162 verbal; 161 math. 5.5 AWA. I’ll take it!!! Thank you so much for all of your help while I was preparing for the GRE. I didn’t feel like a doofus while you read my essays and taught me math, and I didn’t feel like a doofus while taking my test (which I know helped)! Plus we shared a few laughs, and I love laughing! You rock; thanks so much for everything.
– GRE Student, San Diego
(Student was accepted into Columbia’s journalism school.)
Yes, (student) is feeling good right now. He got a 34 composite score. With that he’s been invited to apply to the honors programs at each of the schools he already applied. He should start hearing from all the schools in the next month or so because he applied before the early deadline to all of them. Rice is his first choice, then UT-Austin, Trinity (Dublin Ireland), Baylor, TCU, SMU. He already was accepted to Baylor (plus accepted into the Honors college) with $80K scholarship. Thanks for all your help with (student); you got him motivated for sure.
– ACT Parent, San Diego
I thought you might like to know that (student’s) second SAT scores are in and he accomplished what he set out to do. He brought up his Critical Reading score to 790 (from 750) and his Math score to 760 (from 700), making his Super Score 2330 because his previous Writing score was 780! Pretty darn good. Thank you for all your help.
– SAT Parent, San Diego