Vince Kotchian Test Prep

black belt level SAT, ACT, GRE, & GMAT Classes

Welcome

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, GRE, or GMAT, 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. Instead of offering tutoring on everything under the sun like many companies do, we only tutor the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. As specialists, we don't just offer prep for these tests - we provide expertise.

We get straight to what you need in every session. More importantly, you'll learn how to make as much progress as you can on your own. High scores are a natural side effect.

Learn more about getting your SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT black belt here.

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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.

I've also written several test-prep books, and I've created GRE, SAT, and ACT video courses for LinkedIn.

Matt, Bronte, Soph, Bridget, and I are test experts, but we're good at what we do for a few other reasons, too:

Sense of humor: Test prep is important, but being serious all the time is boring!

Kindness: Supporting students means knowing when to push and when to be patient.

Empowerment: Half (or more) of the battle is to teach students how to get things done at home.

Also: We're only in San Diego. Just as craft beer is a million times better than Bud Light and farmer's market veggies make the ones at Costco taste like cardboard, we're better than national test prep companies since our small size lets us maintain quality.

Vince, Matt, Bronte, Soph, & Bridget

About Us

Vince Kotchian

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 wife and our crazy cat.

Vince tutors the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT (and teaches GRE / GMAT classes).

He can be reached at (760) 542-8395 (phone or text).

Meet Matt

Matt Sheelen

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 and ACT (and teaches SAT / ACT classes).

He can be reached at (323) 761-0170 (phone or text).

Hey Bronte!

Bronte D'Acquisto

Bronte: I was fortunate enough to be born and raised in sunny San Diego! After graduating from West Hills High School, I went straight into San Diego State University where I graduated, magna cum laude, with a BFA in 2012. After spending my college years preparing to have a career as a Dramaturge, life took a turn after I accepted a job as a SAT/ACT tutor!

I quickly realized that my ability to be meticulous, my passion for problem solving and puzzles, and my inherent drive to organize information all worked seamlessly together with every question I took on. I decided to switch gears and focus on building my skills as an educator and test prep instructor. Also, with my newfound love for mathematics, I re-enrolled in school in order to build my own math fundamentals.

I am now entering my fifth year as an SAT / ACT tutor. When I am not tutoring, I am usually uploading a calculus YouTube video, taking a tap dancing class, or paddle boarding at Pacific Beach with my little sister! I live in beautiful La Mesa and frequently take advantage of the quaint coffee shops that can be found near Mt. Helix!

Bronte tutors the SAT and ACT.

She can be reached at (619) 249-2657 (phone or text). Check out this video of her explaining an SAT math concept.

Say hi to Soph

Soph Lundeberg

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 CruzI 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. I now tutor full-time.

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, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. Check out this video of her explaining a tricky GRE math problem.

She can be reached at (858) 357-3033 (phone or text), or schedule with her here.

Bonjour, Bridget

Bridget Vaughan

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. 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 have always enjoyed getting to know my students' unique learning styles to determine the most effective way to improve their testing abilities,and I now tutor full-time.

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 and ACT.

She can be reached at (858) 652-1591 (phone or text).

I wrote the book

Two of my books

I've co-authored a handful of books over the years, including titles for Barron's and the For Dummies series. You can check them out on Amazon.


Books by Vince KotchianBooks by Vince Kotchian

I make video courses, too

Videos!

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.

 

a few of my favorite testimonials

Raves

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.)

 

I give Vince my highest recommendation. In addition to helping my son bring his score into the 99th percentile (my son scored a 32 on his first practice ACT, but scored a 35 on the test after working one-on-one with Vince), he made the sessions enjoyable. (Student) actually looked forward to his meetings and felt extremely confident on test day. As a parent, I appreciated Vince's responsiveness and professionalism. If you're looking for a tutor extraordinaire, look no further - you've found him in Vince.

– ACT Parent, St. Augustine H.S., San Diego

 

I took the ACT in June and got a 23, I started seeing Vince in late July and then got a 28 on my September ACT and a 30 on my October ACT. The super score between my last two is a 31! Vince is amazing!! I did not think it was possible to go up 8 points. He taught me "mantras" to remind myself during the test. Having severe ADHD and Dyslexia, this was never a score I would expect to receive, I was hoping for a 27 (as a reach.) Vince exceeded my expectations and helped more than I thought possible.

– ACT Student, La Jolla Country Day H.S., San Diego

 

Vince was great. I had a lot of trouble in the reading and writing portion of the test, but he helped me understand and improve those portions. He also is very understanding and easy to talk to. I am naturally a very shy person, but whenever I had a one on one with him, I could always talk to him. He also helped me build up my confidence on the SAT.

– SAT Student, La Jolla Country Day H.S., 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 Verbal score to 790 (from 750) and his Math score to 760 (from 700). Pretty darn good.  Thank you for all your help.

– SAT Parent, The Bishop's School, San Diego

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